EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/9/2011

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Adriatic League round 20 best performance: Bracey Wright - by Eurobasket News
American guard Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Cedevita, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (34 points, seven rebounds and four assists) to as his team Cedevita moved-up to the 6th position in the Adriatic League . Cedevita is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 9th lost game this season out of 20 games. In the team's last game Wright had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He just recently signed at Cedevita, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Bracey Wright averages this season 14.4ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American Ricardo Marsh (202-F-81) of KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd. Marsh had a very good evening with 26 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Crvena Zvezda lost that game 78-86 to slightly higher-ranked Cibona (#11, 9-11). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Crvena Zvezda keeps 13th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-14 record. Marsh is a newcomer at Crvena Zvezda, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.4ppg (#7). He also registered 4.7 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Croatian guard Sinisa Stemberger (195-G-79) of Siroki TT (#12). Stemberger showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, five rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Siroki TT, leading his team to a 86-85 win against the higher-ranked Union Olimpija (#3, 12-8). The chances of Siroki TT ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 11 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Stemberger could help Siroki TT to bring them higher in the standings. Stemberger has a very solid season. In 19 games in Adriatic League he scored 9.1ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81) of Hemofarm - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 12 assists
5. Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) of Cibona - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) of KK Zagreb CO - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79) of Cedevita - 19 points and 11 rebounds
8. Leon Radosevic (208-C-90) of Cibona - 17 points and 9 rebounds
9. James Gist (203-F-86) of Partizan - 17 points and 9 rebounds
10. Ivan Grgat (210-C/F-74) of Siroki TT - 17 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)


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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Babacar Sy stepped down in Mali - by Kristian Santiago
Babacar Sy , the national-team coach of Mali and his staff (Fred Langley , Mark Morefield and Guillaume Vizade) stepped down along the general manager Jonathan Kebe. The official reason is, that the staff felt, that under the current conditions, the ambitious taks of being successful at the forthcoming African Championships cant be realised.
Mali's federation is now looking for a new coach for their national-team.



Zone V starts on wrong note for Uganda - by Kristian Santiago
By Ismail D. Kigongo (Daily Monitor)

It was a forgettable and painful opening day for Team Uganda at the ongoing Fiba Africa Zone V Nations Championship in Kigali, Rwanda yesterday.
The mens team ran out of steam in the final quarter to lose to Kenya 61-76 whereas the women recovered from a slow start but it was too late to hold off Burundi, who won 73-69.

Captain Stephen Omony (198-G/F-79) game-high 29 points and 10 rebounds failed to rescue Uganda, who had limited scoring options with five of the 12 not troubling the scorer. Having fallen behind in the first period 24-19, Uganda played with great intensity in defence when Boniface Okello was introduced to take the next 15-14 before Kenya nicked the third 17-16.

An expected photo-finish didnt materialize with the later cruising through the ultimate quarter 21-11. Norman Blick (201-F-83), Joseph Ikong (193), Ivan Enabu (182-G) and Ben Komakech didnt score at all in a combined 63 minutes on the floor. Forward Isaac Afidra (12) was the only other player to breach the 10-point barrier. Inconsistency really hurt us. I am confident we can bounce back if our guards come to the party, coach Gad Eteu said.

Though the Kenyans were slightly bigger, Uganda edged the board contest 43-42 but found no answers to experienced center Peter Kiganya (197-F-72, college: Abil.Christian) (25-13). Centre Robert Mubiru (196-F) thrilled in bits for his eight points and six rebounds. His understudies Brian Ssentogo (4-3) and Edwin Kateregga (5-2) need to step up. There was no respite for the women even though guard Maureen Amoding came off the bench to score a team-high 23 points.


A good start for Rwandan teams in zone 5 - by Kristian Santiago
(Contact FM)

A highly started zone 5 basketball championship with victories in both categories , men and women yesterday at Amahoro Indoor Stadium, Kigali.
The women side defeated Ethiopian side with 98-53 while their male counterparts bulldozed Burundi 98-60. Veceslav Kavedzija the national coach for both sides (men and women) said that he was grateful to his men side after watching them demolishing Burundian side without their 5 key players because of licences.

Darrius Brannon (206-F-83, agency: GOTathletes, college: Houston) from Houston Blaze (USA), Edwin Mbanda from CSK (Rwanda), Kenny Wilson (193-G-84, college: Boise St.) from NH Ostrava (USA) Josh Tarver (191-G-87, college: Oregon St.) from Oregon State University (USA) and Andrew Francis (203-F-85, agency: GOTathletes, college: UTSA) from APR (Rwanda) didnt get the green light to play for Rwanda in the opening match.

I dont know if FIBA will allow them to play other matches of the competition but we will wait and see, its up to the federation to look for their papers Disclosed Veceslav after the macth.

2007 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Hamza Ruhezamihigo (191-G-85) had a game high 25 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Hamza who was down in Afrobasket championship held in Libya in 2009 was the man of the match and showed a spectacular display yesterday.

Kami Kabange (F-84) scored 19; Stanley Thomson (208-C-82, college: Fairfield) added 16 while Matthew Miller (191-G) weighed in with 11points.

Rene Gatogato led Burundis scoring wheels with 13 points.

In the days other games, Uganda was on the losing end.

After falling prey to Kenyas robust men team 76-61, Burundi increased Ugandas misery after a close contest 73-69.

Todays fixtures in women category, Burundi plays Kenya at 2.00p.m, Tanzania plays Rwanda at 4.00p.m, and Ethiopia hosts Uganda at 4.30 P.m.

In men category, Tanzania plays Rwanda at 6.00p.m and Uganda plays Burundi at 6.30 p.m.

Men

Kenya 76-61 Uganda

Rwanda 98-60 Burundi


Women

Uganda 69-73 Burundi

Ethiopia 58-93 Rwanda


Todays fixtures

Burundi vs Kenya 2.00 PM Women Amahoro

Tanzania vs Rwanda 4.00 PM Women Amahoro

Ethiopia vs Uganda 4.30 Pm Women Green Hills School

Tanzania vs Rwanda 6.00 PM Men Amahoro

Uganda vs Burundi 6.30 PM Men Green Hills School




Rwanda named national team for Zone V qualifiers - by Kristian Santiago
Rwanda National Team 2011

Andrew Francis (203-F-85, agency: GOTathletes, college: UTSA) (APR)
Aboubakar Barame (181-G-84) (APR)
Darrius Brannon (206-F-83, agency: GOTathletes, college: Houston) (Houston Blaze/USA)
Edwin Mbanda (CSK)
Kenny Wilson (193-G-84, college: Boise St.) (Texas Fuel/USA)
Jean Louis Habineza (Espoir)
Josh Tarver (191-G-87, college: Oregon St.) (Oregon State University/USA)
Kami Kabange (F-84) (APR)
Matthew Miller (191-G) (APR)
Aristide Mugabe (CSK)
Fiston Muhire (91) (KBC)
Oliver Muhizi (NUR)
Aime Nkusi (195-F-83) (Falcons/Uganda)
Hamza Ruhezamihigo (191-G-85) (Concordia University/Canada)
Stanley Thomson (208-C-82, college: Fairfield) (Cluj/Romania).



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  ARGENTINA   


LigaA Round 14: La Union edges Libertad Sunchales by three points - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most exciting game of round 14 in the LigaA took place in Formosa. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of Libertad Sunchales (8-6) to fifth ranked La Union (9-5) 72-69 in the game for the fourth place. The hosts 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 the former international forward Gabriel Mikulas (201-80, college: E.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) who scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Nicolas Aguirre (182-88) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Puerto Rican forward Alex Galindo (198-85, college: Florida Intern.) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Libertad Sunchales' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. La Union moved-up to fourth place. Libertad Sunchales at the other side dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. They share it with Gimnasia CR. La Union are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Sionista (#16) in Parana in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Libertad Sunchales will play at home against Regatas Corrientes (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Santiado Estero. Local Quimsa (7-7) outscored 14th ranked Estudiantes (4-9) 91-62. Naturalized Italian center Damian Tintorelli (204-81, agency: Players Group) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points. Diego Lo Grippo contributed with 19 points for the winners. American forward Edward Nelson (203-82, college: Connecticut, agency: Dream Team Management) replied with 12 points and 5 rebounds for Estudiantes. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Quimsa moved-up to ninth place. Estudiantes at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with nine games lost. Quimsa will play against higher ranked Penarol (#8) in Mar del Plata in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Estudiantes will play at home against the league's second-placed Atenas (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.

Rest of the games of round 14 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Olimpico LB was defeated by Monte Hermoso in a road game 87-75. Lanus beat Gimnasia CR at home 87-73. Argentino was destroyed by Atenas on the opponent's court 94-70. Regatas C. outscored Sionista in a home game 86-62.
The best stats of 14th round was 48 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds by Leonardo Gutierrez of Penarol.


Monte Hermoso - Olimpico LB 87-75

There was no surprise when 15th ranked Olimpico de La Banda (3-9) was defeated on the road by eighth ranked Monte Hermoso (8-7) 87-75. American power forward Byron Johnson (201-80, college: Belm.Abbey, agency: Dream Team Management) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Hernando Salles (188-79) contributed with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Five Monte Hermoso players scored in double figures. Forward Cristian Romero (198-82) replied with 14 points and 9 rebounds and forward Enzo Ruiz (193-88, agency: Dream Team Management) added 24 points in the effort for Olimpico de La Banda. Monte Hermoso moved-up to seventh place. Olimpico de La Banda lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with nine games lost. Monte Hermoso will play against Club 9 (#11) in Rio Tercero in the next round. Olimpico de La Banda will play on the road against Sionista (#16) in Parana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Monte Hermoso: B.Johnson 18+10reb+2ast, H.Salles 16+6reb+6ast, C.Robinson 15+7reb+2ast, A.White 13+6reb+1ast, G.Sciutto 13+3reb+1ast, C.Paredes 6+1reb
Olimpico LB: E.Ruiz 24+2reb, C.Romero 14+9reb+3ast, D.Kante 10+6reb, D.Guaita 9+6reb+1ast, L.Picarelli 6+2reb+1ast, A.Laws 6+1reb+5ast
gschID: 117520


Quimsa - Estudiantes 91-62

The game with biggest result difference took place in Santiado Estero. Local Quimsa (7-7) outscored 14th ranked Estudiantes (4-9) 91-62. The game without a history. Quimsa led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Estudiantes was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Naturalized Italian center Damian Tintorelli (204-81, agency: Players Group) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points. The former international forward Diego Lo Grippo (198-78) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Four Quimsa players scored in double figures. American forward Edward Nelson (203-82, college: Connecticut, agency: Dream Team Management) replied with 12 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Ariel Eslava (202-79) added 11 points in the effort for Estudiantes. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Quimsa moved-up to ninth place. Estudiantes at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with nine games lost. Quimsa will play against higher ranked Penarol (#8) in Mar del Plata in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Estudiantes will play at home against the league's second-placed Atenas (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: D.Lo Grippo 19+2reb+2ast, D.Tintorelli 18+4reb+1ast, R.Gonzalez 15+6reb, A.Marin 11+7reb+1ast, C.Cadillac 10+1reb, D.Gomez Camargo 8+1reb+2ast
Estudiantes: E.Nelson 12+5reb+1ast, A.Eslava 11+4reb+1ast, D.Davis 7+5reb, F.Giorgi 7+4reb+1ast, G.Ressia 6+3reb, M.Gaynor 6
gschID: 117521


Lanus - Gimnasia CR 87-73

No shocking result in a game in Buenos Aires where third ranked Lanus (10-4) defeated 6th ranked Gimnasia CR (8-6) 87-73. Lanus dominated on the defensive end, holding Gimnasia CR to just 4 points in second quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Gimnasia CR's 42 and made 16-of-17 charity shots (94.1 percent) during the game. American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Dream Team Management) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Panamanian power forward Jamaal Levy (206-83, college: Wake Forest, agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 20 points (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!) for the winners. Four Lanus players scored in double figures. Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (206-80, college: La Salle) replied with 21 points and 6 rebounds and American power forward Hakeem Rollins (202-83, college: Washington) added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Gimnasia CR. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lanus keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Atenas and Obras. Gimnasia CR at the other side dropped to the fifth place with six games lost. They share the position with Libertad S.. Lanus' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Buenos Aires to the arena Obras.
Top scorers:
Lanus: J.Levy 20+1reb, T.Taylor 18+5reb+4ast, A.Boccia 14+3reb+1ast, N.Laprovittola 12+4reb+1ast, R.Johns 8+2reb+2ast, L.Victoriano 5+1reb+1ast
Gimnasia CR: R.Okosa 21+6reb+2ast, G.Brown 12+2reb, A.Carabajal 9+2reb, H.Rollins 9+8reb, F.Funes 8+2reb, F.Mansilla 8+1reb
gschID: 117522


Atenas - Argentino 94-70

Very expected game in Cordoba where 11th ranked Argentino (6-8) was rolled over by second ranked Atenas (10-4) 94-70. The game was mostly controlled by Atenas. Argentino was better in third quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-19 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Atenas outrebounded Argentino 36-23 including 26 on the defensive glass. American forward Gregory Lewis (198-78, college: Winthrop, agency: Dream Team Management) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Miguel Gerlero (192-88) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Atenas players scored in double figures. Atenas' coach Sebastian Gonzalez felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Joseph Bunn (198-75, college: Phillips (OK)) replied with 30 points and 8 rebounds and center Santiago Gonzalez (203-83) added 10 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Argentino. Atenas keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Lanus and Obras. Newly promoted Argentino dropped to the twelfth place with eight games lost. Atenas will play against Estudiantes (#14) in Bahia Blanca in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Argentino will play at home against Quimsa in Santiado Estero and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Atenas: G.Lewis 18+6reb+1ast, R.Gabini 15+3reb+1ast, J.Williams 13+7reb, M.Gerlero 13+6reb+3ast, M.Garcia 11+2reb, B.Barovero 7+1reb
Argentino: J.Bunn 30+8reb+1ast, P.Espinoza 12+4reb+3ast, S.Gonzalez 10+6reb+4ast, S.Scala 9+2reb+4ast, J.Cangelosi 4+2reb, A.Miguel 3+1ast
gschID: 117517


La Union - Libertad S. 72-69

The most exciting game of round 14 in the LigaA took place in Formosa. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Libertad Sunchales (8-6) to fifth ranked La Union (9-5) 72-69 in the game for the fourth place. The hosts 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 the former international forward Gabriel Mikulas (201-80, college: E.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) who scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Nicolas Aguirre (182-88) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four La Union players scored in double figures. Puerto Rican forward Alex Galindo (198-85, college: Florida Intern.) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) added 17 points respectively for the guests. Libertad Sunchales' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. La Union moved-up to fourth place. Libertad Sunchales at the other side dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. They share it with Gimnasia CR. La Union are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Sionista (#16) in Parana in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Libertad Sunchales will play at home against Regatas Corrientes (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
La Union: G.Mikulas 16+8reb+1ast, A.Pau 12+2reb, N.Aguirre 12+7reb+3ast, D.Jackson 10+2reb+2ast, P.Barrios 9, F.Ferrini 4+1reb
Libertad S.: R.Selleaze 17+4reb+1ast, A.Galindo 16+7reb, J.Emiliano Fernandez 10+1reb+1ast, R.Battle 7+10reb, M.Saglietti 6+1ast, R.Wolkowyski 6+7reb
gschID: 117519


Regatas C. - Sionista 86-62

Rather predictable result when twelfth ranked Regatas Corrientes (7-8) outscored at home bottom-ranked Sionista (1-11) 86-62. The game was mostly controlled by Regatas Corrientes. Sionista was better in second period 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Carl Edwards (196-81, college: Charleston) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points. The former international power forward Federico Kammerichs (203-80) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. American forward Christopher Hayes (206-87, college: Detroit Mercy) replied with 16 points and 6 rebounds and forward Alejandro Zilli (200-82) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Sionista. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Regatas Corrientes moved-up to tenth place. Sionista at the other side stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Regatas Corrientes will play against higher ranked Libertad Sunchales (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sionista will play against La Union (#4) in Formosa to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: C.Edwards 21+2reb+2ast, R.Stanton 14+5reb+4ast, F.Kammerichs 10+15reb, E.Villares 9+3ast, N.Romano 8+6reb+2ast, J.Martinez 7+2reb+6ast
Sionista: C.Hayes 16+6reb, J.Manuel Locatelli 12+1ast, M.Fioretti 9+4reb+1ast, A.Zilli 8+7reb+1ast, D.Hure 8+1reb, L.Rasio 4+6reb
gschID: 117515




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  AUSTRALIA   


Julian Khazzouh claims Australian NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Former international center Julian Khazzouh (211-C-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for Sydney Kings and that's him to receive a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 24-year old center had a double-double of 27 points and sixteen rebounds, while his team beat 36ers (#7, 8-11) 99-90. Sydney Kings maintains the 9th position in Australian NBL. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Sydney Kings have already lost 15 games and recorded just four victories. In the team's last game Khazzouh had a remarkable 53.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Sydney Kings' top player in his first season with the team. Khazzouh has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 17.3ppg) and averages solid 1.9bpg and 54.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 33-year old Jamaican guard Corey Williams (191-G-77) of Tigers. Williams impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 11 assists. Of course he lead Tigers to another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked Hawks (#5, 9-11) 93-72. Tigers' 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-12 record. Williams is a newcomer at Tigers and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.0ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 7.0rpg and 5.8apg.

The third best performed player last round was another Tigers' star - former international forward Matthew Burston (210-F/C-82). Burston scored 16 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was another key player of Tigers, helping his team with a 93-72 easy win against the higher-ranked Hawks (#5, 9-11). The chances of Tigers not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 12 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Burston could try to bring Tigers' a little bit higher in the standings. Burston has a very solid season. In 18 games in Australia he scored 7.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ben Madgen (193-G-85) of Sydney Kings - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Ira Clark (203-C/F-75) of Blaze - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Mika Vukona (197-F-82) of Breakers - 11 points and 16 rebounds
7. Graeme Dann (204-G/F-83) of Sydney K. - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Rhys Martin (193-G-86) of Hawks - 11 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Larry Davidson (207-C-83) of Hawks - 13 points and 10 rebounds
10. Damian Martin (188-G-84) of Wildcats - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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Gunners waive Sally, sign Moric for the remainder of the season - by Stefan Prager
Shorty after the Final Four the Oberwart Gunners announced that they will not extend the try out contract of forward Tyrone Sally. Meanwhile big man Marko Moric received a contract extension for the remainder of the season. The decision in favor of Moric was that as he already played for the Gunners he's more integrated on the Gunners team. Oberwart Manager Andreas Leitner said that the Gunners were about to secure themselves on the big men position due to the maybe returning cardiac arrhythmia of Bernd Volcic. Furthermore Leitner said that the Gunners are about to strenghten their roster with another player in the upcoming weeks. At the same time he thanked Sally for his good performance in the last games. Especially in the decisive game in the last round of the first stage against Graz Sally put up strong numbers scoring 20 points on 8/13 shooting from the field. In three games for the Gunners (not including the cup game) Sally averaged 12.7ppg along with 3.3rpg while shooting 45% from the field.

Gunners waive Sally, sign Moric for the remainder of the season - by Stefan Prager
Shorty after the Final Four the Oberwart Gunners announced that they will not extend the try out contract of forward Tyrone Sally (201-F-82, agency: 540 Sports, college: W.Virginia). Meanwhile big man Marko Moric (207-F-81) received a contract extension for the remainder of the season. The decision in favor of Moric was that as he already played for the Gunners he's more integrated on the Gunners team. Oberwart Manager Andreas Leitner said that the Gunners were about to secure themselves on the big men position due to the maybe returning cardiac arrhythmia of Bernd Volcic. Furthermore Leitner said that the Gunners are about to strenghten their roster with another player in the upcoming weeks. At the same time he thanked Sally for his good performance in the last games. Especially in the decisive game in the last round of the first stage against Graz Sally put up strong numbers scoring 20 points on 8/13 shooting from the field. In three games for the Gunners (not including the cup game) Sally averaged 12.7ppg along with 3.3rpg while shooting 45% from the field.

Super Bowl Overseas - by Erik Rhinehart
I realize that the purpose of this blog is to write on basketball topics, however we had a weekend without a game so I will share my thoughts on Super Bowl 45. I was able to make it through the whole game even though I was battling a 102 degree temperature. Its a little different watching the game here in Austria compared to back home in the States. Well maybe, a bit more than a little different. First of all there were no commercials. I guess 3 million dollars cant buy you everything. If you had the premiere American sports station, I think its called SKY, then I think you were able to see the game like you would in America. The game was shown on two different stations that I got here in my apartment. One was broadcast directly from the Super Bowl in Dallas and the other one was through a studio in Vienna. The commentary was of course in German which also was unusual. I know German but for some reason watching football with German commentary just doesnt seem quite right; kind of like if Owen Wilson had cosmetic nose surgery. Also since American Football isnt that popular here they keep explaining the rules throughout the game multiple times. The thing I did find pretty funny, as did my girlfriend, was the German announcers trying to name the famous people that were attending the game and also some players. When the camera would go to the suites the announcers would start shouting out different names. Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Aniston were wrongly identified. Alex Rodriguez was a complete unknown for about the first five camera shots, which was even funnier to me since Im anti- A-Rod. I am pro A-Rod in regard to Aaron Rodgers though which brings me to my next point, I am glad the Packers won. I am a Cleveland Browns fan so naturally I was cheering against the much despised Steelers.

I am interested in the Super Bowl for the fact that yes its football but also I feel it is one of the top sporting events ever. The game is always great and the commercials are usually entertaining, the E-trade baby is always a good laugh. I say all of that to say this, Christina Aguilera was absolutely atrocious and embarrassing. I feel the National Anthem was best performed by Carrie Underwood, the Cactus Cuties, and Marvin Gaye at the 1983 NBA All-Star game.

Were down to the last couple months of the season now. We have 10 more games left in order to get as many wins as we can. I will write more next time on the topic of basketball here in Austria. Cleveland Browns Super Bowl Champions 2011! Hope everyone has a blessed week.



Standings - 2.Bundesliga
2.Bundesliga Standings
East
 1. Mattersb.R. 13-0 
 2. Mistelbach 9-4 
 3. BC Vienna jrs 8-4 
 4. Harreither 8-5 
 5. Danube City 7-6 
 6. Fighters 6-8 
 7. Modling 5-9 
 8. UBBC Enns 3-9 
 9. ATSE Graz 0-14 
West
 1. Dornbirn 14-1 
 2. Schwaz 10-5 
 3. Klagenfurt 8-7 
 4. Salzburg 8-7 
 5. Feldkirch 5-11 
 6. SVO/BRG 0-14 


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Manama Club Champions - by Yousef Ahmed
MANAMA were last night crowned champions of this year's Zain Bahrain Basketball Cup. The victors romped to a 105-81 victory over bitter rivals Al Ahli to emphatically sweep their best-of-three championship series in two games and win back the crown.

American professional Darius Rice (208-F-82, college: Miami (FL)) led the way for Manama. The six-foot, 10-inch centre poured in a game-high 35 points while pulling down 13 rebounds. Point Guard Ahmed Abdulaziz chipped in with 20, while All star trio Mohammed Hassan, Mahmood Ghuloom and Ahmed Al Mutawa (199-F/C-81, agency: Low Country Sports, college: Broward CC) had nine points apiece. Also Al mutawa had 12 rebounds and 7 assists.
Coach Jason Rabedeaux (agency: Edge Sports ) in just a short time transformed Manama into a dominant powerhouse giving players direction and confidence, Manama were on fire from beyond the arc, burying 13 three-pointers in the game. Rice alone had six. With the win, Manama came away with their third Cup triumph in the last four years. They lost last year's title to Muharraq, but before that won it two seasons in a row. They have now claimed the annual competition a record 14 times overall.

'This is like a dream!' Al Mutawa told the press. The team's inspirational and defensive leader added: 'We worked hard for this, but it's not over yet; we are now going to fight for the league Championship' After playing most of his younger years with Manama, Al Mutawa moved on to greener pastures in Kuwait for a few years before finally returning to his old club this season. 'This is why I came back,' Al Mutawa said while pointing to the thousands of jubilant Manama supporters who flocked to Zain Basketball Arena in support of their club.

With Ahli playing without influential court general Hussain Shaker, Manama were in control of the game from the opening tip. They led 27-16 at the end of the first quarter, and then in the second, blew the game wide open and took a 59-33 lead into the half. Guard Bader Abdulla Malabes came off the bench to help spark Manama into extending their lead. Malabes hit two successive triples that made it 48-30, and they never looked back. Manama eventually led by as many as 40 points in the third quarter before cruising the rest of the way. Added Rice, who only joined Manama mid-season: 'My teammates have really made me feel like a part of the family since I've arrived. I'm glad to have helped Manama win this title.' Of his stellar offensive display, Rice said: 'I love championship games. They bring out the best in me.'

Maytham Jameel top scored for Ahli with 30 points in the loss. Import Marquin Chandler (202-F-82, college: San Jose St.) from the US scored 23 before fouling out. Both teams were awarded their respective trophies and medals by Bahrain Olympic Committee chief executive Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa in the presence of Bahrain Basketball Association officials.



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  BELGIUM   


Demond Mallet claims Belgian D1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Demond Mallet (185-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best TEC Spirou Charleroi and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 32-year old guard had the game-high 22 points adding two rebounds and five assists for Charleroi in his team's victory, helping them to crush Antwerp (#5, 7-8) with 23-point margin 91-68. Charleroi maintains the 2nd position in Belgian D1. Charleroi has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 12-1. Mallet turned to be Charleroi's top player in his first season with the team. Mc Neese State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Mallet is in league's top in points (4th best: 15.8ppg), assists (4th best: 3.3apg) and averages solid 54.7% FGP and 44.7% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American Rashaun Freeman (206-C/F-84) of VOO Verviers-Pepinster. Freeman impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Of course VOO Verviers-Pepinster cruised to a 83-73 relatively comfortable win over Leuven (5-10). This victory allowed VOO Verviers-Pepinster to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-10 record. Freeman is a newcomer at VOO Verviers-Pepinster and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Graham Brown (205-C-84) of Antwerp Giants (#5). Brown scored 17 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Brown's great performance Antwerp lost 68-91 to the higher-ranked Charleroi (#2, 12-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Antwerp ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 8 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Brown could help Antwerp to bring them higher in the standings. Brown has a very solid season. In 15 games in Belgium he scored 7.1ppg. He also has 5.9rpg and FGP: 57.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tornike Shengelia (205-G/F-91) of VOO Verviers-Pepinster - 17 points and 7 rebounds
5. Darrel Mitchell (180-G-84) of Oostende - 21 points and 4 assists
6. Stefon Jackson (196-G-85) of Verviers-Pep. - 25 points and 7 rebounds
7. Dior Lowhorn (198-F-87) of Leuven - 19 points and 8 rebounds
8. James J.J. Miller (180-G-79) of Leuven - 18 points and 3 assists
9. Timothy Black (178-G-81) of Antwerp - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Luc Louves (207-F-89) of Gent - 11 points and 6 rebounds

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


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Lalovic's 31-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old center Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) put on an amazing game in the last round for Hercegovac and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
He had the game-high 31 points adding nine rebounds for Hercegovac in his team's victory, helping them to beat Brotnjo (#12, 5-14) 86-72. Hercegovac maintains the 8th position in Bosnia and Herzegovina league. Hercegovac 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 9-9 record. Lalovic turned to be Hercegovac's top player in his first season with the team. Lalovic has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 19.7ppg. Lalovic is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 6.3rpg) and averages solid 57.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Goran Gajovic (199-G/F-88). He is Montenegrin swingman in his first season at Hercegovac. In the last game Gajovic recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds. Of course together with Lalovic he helped Hercegovac with another comfortable win 86-72 over the lower-ranked Brotnjo (#12, 5-14) being unquestionably team leader. Hercegovac's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Gajovic is a newcomer at Hercegovac and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.3ppg (#6). He also registered 5.1 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Marko Kandic (203-F-79) of Varda HE (#11). Kandic scored 29 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Kandic's great performance Varda HE lost 79-80 to the higher-ranked Sloboda Dita (#5, 11-8). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Varda HE can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-13 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Kandic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Kandic has a very solid season. In 4 games in Bosnia he scored 14.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Milos Komatina (204-C-84) of Mladost - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Darko Kastratovic (189-G-88) of Sloboda Dita - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Nebojsa Stanic (205-C-90) of Mladost - 19 points and 4 rebounds
7. Ashar Dedic (193-G-86) of Kakanj - 11 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Armir Avdibegovic (189-G-84) of Mladost - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Mirza Hrncic (203-F/C-86) of Sloboda Dita - 16 points and 13 rebounds
10. Dzenan Rahimic (204-C/F-74) of Bosna - 15 points and 7 rebounds

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


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  BRAZIL   


Rafael Maia a blockbuster recruiting for college - by Paulo Freire
In June 2010 Rafael Maia (201-F/C-91) decided to leave Paulistano/Amil and get his feet wet on international basketball. He first went to Europe and played for the Canevel International team. After been named MVP of the Jesolo U-22 Summer League tournament, he went to U.S. for the upcoming season playing at Maine Central Institute, a college preparatory school in Pittsfield, ME.

Maia was not alone on the MCI prep basketball roster. He's joined by Timo Kroker of Switzerland, Adam Thoseby of England and Ivan Filipan of Holland. All are in Pittsfield in the hopes of earning a basketball scholarship to an American school.

The 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward/center, started making a name for himself as a strong inside playing prospect. Averaging double figures in points and rebounds for MCI. therefore he have been involve in rumors about where he is going for College. Several sources have stated that Maia has already made a recruiting visit to Hawaii, base on the connection with the Hawaii associate coach Walter Roese, who also coaches the under-18 and junior national teams for Brazil last season.

'Everybody comes and watches us play asks about Maia,' MCI coach Dave Campbell said. 'Rafael was placed here by the coaching staff at the University of Hawaii, and he's not sure that he wants to do that. He wants to look at some other schools. ... He's got very good grades and very good test scores. He'll have a place to go. There's no question about that.'

But Feb 2011 came and Maia got caught up by another school, as the news report that Brown University landed a major blow in the rapidly escalating recruiting wars of the Ivy League when Rafael Maia, a six-foot-nine center from Maine Central Institute, committed to Bears head coach Jesse Agel.

Maia is a Brazilian native who arrived in New England this year and was one of the best remaining local big men on the market.

Maia also fills a major need for the Bears as their backcourt is considered by many to be one of the Ivy League's best while their frontcourt is in definite need of an anchor.
The MCI center combines a big strong body and willingness to play through contact on the interior with a nice interior skill package, showing an ability to score some with his back to the basket or hit the face-up jumper out to 15 feet.

Maia chose Brown over a steady dose of mid-major interest and projects as an immediate contributor in his freshman season.


Standings - BNL
NBB Standings
 1. Pinheiros/Sky 11-4 
 2. BRB/Brasilia 11-4 
 3. Unitri/Universo 11-5 
 4. Vivo/Franca 10-5 
 5. Araldite/Univille 10-6 
 6. Flamengo 9-3 
 7. Itabom/Bauru 9-6 
 8. S.Jose/Vinac 8-7 
 9. Pitagoras/Minas 8-7 
 10. Winner/Limeira 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 


NBB Round 17: Pinheiros/Sky takes over a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Pinheiros/Sky as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Pinheiros/Sky smashed 13th ranked Vila Velha CETAF in Sao Paolo 88-55. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Vila Velha CETAF. The game without a history. Pinheiros/Sky led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Pinheiros/Sky have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with BRB/Brasilia. Vila Velha CETAF at the other side keeps the thirteenth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Vitoria. Vila Velha CETAF will play next round against Flamengo trying to get back on the winning streak. Pinheiros/Sky will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Itabom/Bauru in Sao Paulo.
Leading BRB/Brasilia (11-4) recorded its fourth loss at the home court. Hosts were edged by tenth ranked Winner/Limeira (7-7) 93-90. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of BRB/Brasilia. Winner/Limeira maintains tenth place with 7-7 record. Defending champion BRB/Brasilia still keeps top position with four games lost. They share it with Pinheiros/Sky. Winner/Limeira will play against higher ranked Araldite/Univille (#5) in Joinville in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BRB/Brasilia will play on the road against Vivo/Franca (#4) in Sao Paulo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Assis Basket managed to get a second victory on Sunday night. This time they won against fourth-ranked Araldite/Univille 85-74. Assis Basket maintains fifteenth place with 2-13 record. Loser Araldite/Univille dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Assis Basket will meet at home higher ranked Paulistano (#11) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Araldite/Univille will play against Winner/Limeira (#10) and hope to secure a win.
4th placed Vivo/Franca (10-5) fell to tenth ranked Pitagoras/Minas (8-7) in overtime by four points 85-89. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Vivo/Franca. Pitagoras/Minas moved-up to eighth place, which they share with S.Jose/Vinac. Vivo/Franca at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Pitagoras/Minas' next round opponent will be higher ranked Flamengo (#6) in Rio de Janeiro and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vivo/Franca will play at home against the league's second-placed BRB/Brasilia and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Paulistano (5-11) and Vitoria (4-12), which took place in Sao Paolo. 11th ranked Paulistano was outleveled at home by fourteenth ranked Vitoria 84-61 on Sunday. Vitoria moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Vila Velha CETAF. Paulistano lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Vitoria will face higher ranked Pitagoras/Minas (#9) in Belo Horizonte in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last game of round 17 S.Jose/Vinac was smashed by Unitri/Universo on the road 92-66.



Pitagoras/Minas - Vivo/Franca 89-85 OT

4th placed Vivo/Franca (10-5) fell to tenth ranked Pitagoras/Minas (8-7) in overtime by four points 85-89. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Vivo/Franca. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 21-10. But Vivo/Franca won second period 15-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Vivo/Franca used huge pressure winning it 22-19 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 20-24. Pitagoras/Minas moved-up to eighth place, which they share with S.Jose/Vinac. Vivo/Franca at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Pitagoras/Minas' next round opponent will be higher ranked Flamengo (#6) in Rio de Janeiro and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vivo/Franca will play at home against the league's second-placed BRB/Brasilia and will have a slim chance for a victory.
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Unitri/Universo - S.Jose/Vinac 92-66

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Unitri/Universo (11-5) crushed 8th ranked Sao Jose/Vinac (8-7) in Uberlandia 92-66 on Sunday. The game without a history. Unitri/Universo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Unitri/Universo moved-up to third place. Loser Sao Jose/Vinac keeps the eighth position with seven games lost. Unitri/Universo will face Araraquara (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
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BRB/Brasilia - Winner/Limeira 90-93

Leading BRB/Brasilia (11-4) recorded its fourth loss at the home court. Hosts were edged by tenth ranked Winner/Limeira (7-7) 93-90. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of BRB/Brasilia. BRB/Brasilia was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 37-28 charge of Winner/Limeira, which allowed them to win the game. Winner/Limeira maintains tenth place with 7-7 record. Defending champion BRB/Brasilia still keeps top position with four games lost. They share it with Pinheiros/Sky. Winner/Limeira will play against higher ranked Araldite/Univille (#5) in Joinville in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BRB/Brasilia will play on the road against Vivo/Franca (#4) in Sao Paulo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
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Assis Basket - Araldite/Univille 85-74

Bottom-ranked Assis Basket managed to get a second victory on Sunday night. This time they won against fourth-ranked Araldite/Univille 85-74. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-74. Assis Basket maintains fifteenth place with 2-13 record. Loser Araldite/Univille dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Assis Basket will meet at home higher ranked Paulistano (#11) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Araldite/Univille will play against Winner/Limeira (#10) and hope to secure a win.
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Pinheiros/Sky - Vila Velha CETAF 88-55

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Pinheiros/Sky as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Pinheiros/Sky smashed 13th ranked Vila Velha CETAF in Sao Paolo 88-55. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Vila Velha CETAF. The game without a history. Pinheiros/Sky led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Pinheiros/Sky have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with BRB/Brasilia. Vila Velha CETAF at the other side keeps the thirteenth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Vitoria. Vila Velha CETAF will play next round against Flamengo trying to get back on the winning streak. Pinheiros/Sky will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Itabom/Bauru in Sao Paulo.
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Paulistano - Vitoria 61-84

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Paulistano (5-11) and Vitoria (4-12), which took place in Sao Paolo. 11th ranked Paulistano was outleveled at home by fourteenth ranked Vitoria 84-61 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 49-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Vitoria moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Vila Velha CETAF. Paulistano lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Vitoria will face higher ranked Pitagoras/Minas (#9) in Belo Horizonte in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
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  BULGARIA   


NBL Round 17: Rilski Sportist loses to Balkan in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The game between Top Four teams took place in Botevgrad. Third ranked host Balkan (11-7) defeated 4th placed Rilski Sportist (9-9) 84-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Rilski Sportist. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 47-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Balkan forced 22 Rilski Sportist turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Guard Tsvetelin Ivanov (196-G-89) (196-89) stepped up and scored 20 points and 4 assists for the winners and the former international power forward Georgi Davidov (205-76) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. International swingman Ivan Lilov (196-88) responded with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Balkan have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 11-7 record having seven points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Rilski Sportist at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Balkan are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Spartak (#8) in Pleven in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Rilski Sportist will play on the road against Chernomorets (#7) in Burgas and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
NBL top team - Lukoil Academik (18-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked Chernomorets (3-15) in Sofia 97-84. American forward Lamont Mack (201-87, college: Charlotte) nailed 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and Tencho Banev accounted for 16 points and 9 rebounds. Swingman Hristo Zahariev (197-90) came up with 27 points and 6 assists for Chernomorets in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated Lukoil Academik have an impressive series of eighteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 18-0 record. Chernomorets lost eleventh consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 15 games lost. They share it with Spartak. Lukoil Academik will play against Euroins Cherno More (#5) in Varna in the next round. Chernomorets will play at home against Rilski Sportist in Samokov and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Varna was also quite interesting. Second ranked Levski (15-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Euroins Cherno More (7-11). Levski defeated Euroins Cherno More 84-68 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Priest Lauderdale who scored 21 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Aleksandar Yanev produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds for the hosts. Euroins Cherno More's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Levski maintains second place with 15-3 record having just three points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Loser Euroins Cherno More keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. Levski will meet at home Tundja (#6) in the next round. Euroins Cherno More will play against the league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 17 bottom-ranked Spartak lost to Tundja on the opponent's court 60-71.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 26 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks by Nikolay Varbanov of Tundja.


Tundja - Spartak 71-60

Rather expected game in Yambol where 8th ranked Spartak (3-15) was defeated by sixth ranked Tundja (6-12) 71-60 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Tundja. Spartak managed to win fourth quarter 21-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was the former international center Nikolay Varbanov (209-85, agency: Interperformances) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). International guard Pavel Marinov (197-88, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four Tundja players scored in double figures. Tundja's coach Ivan Cholakov used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Simeon Tsenov (196-82) produced 22 points and 9 rebounds and forward Todor Todorov (198-82) added 9 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the guests. Tundja maintains sixth place with 6-12 record. Spartak lost their fifth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. They share it with Chernomorets. Tundja will meet league's second-placed Levski in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Spartak will play against Balkan (#3) in Botevgrad and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Spartak: S.Tsenov 22+9reb+1ast, T.Todorov 9+11reb, M.Dimitrov 8+3reb, A.Dyakovski 8+3reb+4ast, I.Stankov 6+6reb+1ast, T.Ostrev 3+5reb
Tundja: N.Varbanov 26+14reb, S.Finzgar 13+8reb, P.Marinov 12+7reb+3ast, J.Radionov 11+7reb+4ast, M.Durchev 8+3reb+2ast, S.Petkov 1+1reb
gschID: 98314


Lukoil Academik - Chernomorets 97-84

NBL top team - Lukoil Academik (18-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked Chernomorets (3-15) in Sofia 97-84. The game was mostly controlled by Lukoil Academik. Chernomorets was better in fourth quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lukoil Academik players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. American forward Lamont Mack (201-87, college: Charlotte) nailed 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and the former international center Tencho Banev (209-80, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 16 points and 9 rebounds. Five Lukoil Academik players scored in double figures. Swingman Hristo Zahariev (197-90) came up with 27 points and 6 assists and the former international forward Atanas Penev (195-85) added 15 points, 6 assists and 4 steals (perfect from the field making all six shots) respectively for Chernomorets in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lukoil Academik have an impressive series of eighteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 18-0 record. Chernomorets lost eleventh consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 15 games lost. They share it with Spartak. Lukoil Academik will play against Euroins Cherno More (#5) in Varna in the next round. Chernomorets will play at home against Rilski Sportist in Samokov and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Chernomorets: H.Zahariev 27+3reb+6ast, A.Penev 15+2reb+6ast, K.Raykov 12+5reb, J.Neuhaus 8+8reb+2ast, D.Roshmanov 7+2ast, A.Saraliyski 6+8reb+2ast
Lukoil Academik: L.Mack 19+8reb+2ast, T.Banev 16+9reb+1ast, D.Stojanovski 12+3reb+2ast, V.Veselinov 12+3reb, B.Sundov 10+4reb, D.James 8+5ast
gschID: 98311


Cherno More - Levski 68-84

The game in Varna was also quite interesting. Second ranked Levski (15-3) played at the court of 5th ranked Euroins Cherno More (7-11). Levski defeated Euroins Cherno More 84-68 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Levski. Euroins Cherno More managed to win second period 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Euroins Cherno More 46-33 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was the former international center Priest Lauderdale (221-73, college: Central State) who scored 21 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). American swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agency: Strategic Sports) chipped in 25 points. International forward Aleksandar Yanev (203-90, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds and power forward Nikolay Kolev (204-88) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Euroins Cherno More's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Levski maintains second place with 15-3 record having just three points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Loser Euroins Cherno More keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. Levski will meet at home Tundja (#6) in the next round. Euroins Cherno More will play against the league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Cherno More: A.Yanev 25+11reb+2ast, N.Kolev 14+8reb, S.Iliev 10+5reb+2ast, M.Borisov 6+2reb+1ast, T.Zhelev 5+4reb+1ast, V.Kyosev 4+1reb
Levski: A.Harper 25+3reb+2ast, P.Lauderdale 21+8reb+2ast, S.Georgiev 10+11reb+1ast, J.Crowe 9+4reb+2ast, S.Slaveykov 5+1reb+1ast, Z.Georgiev 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 98312


Balkan - Rilski Sportist 84-70

The game between Top Four teams took place in Botevgrad. Third ranked host Balkan (11-7) defeated 4th placed Rilski Sportist (9-9) 84-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Rilski Sportist. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 47-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Balkan forced 22 Rilski Sportist turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Guard Tsvetelin Ivanov (196-89) stepped up and scored 20 points and 4 assists for the winners and the former international power forward Georgi Davidov (205-76) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Five Balkan players scored in double figures. International swingman Ivan Lilov (196-88) responded with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and Serbian forward Vladimir Mijovic (207-84, agency: Alti Sport) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Balkan have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 11-7 record having seven points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Rilski Sportist at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Balkan are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Spartak (#8) in Pleven in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Rilski Sportist will play on the road against Chernomorets (#7) in Burgas and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Rilski Sportist: I.Lilov 21+8reb+5ast, A.Gruev 17+4reb+3ast, V.Mijovic 14+11reb, B.Boev 6, A.Radojevic 6+7reb, M.Marinov 4+1reb+2ast
Balkan: T.Ivanov 20+4reb+4ast, G.Davidov 17+7reb+3ast, L.Lilov 12+2reb+2ast, E.Binev 12+1reb+4ast, K.Doychinov 11+8reb, D.Morton 7+3reb
gschID: 98313




Bulgaria U16 lost in Day 3 and 4 in Gaziantep - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria U16 lost in Day 3 and 4 in Gaziantep and dropped to 1-3 record in Group B. Slovenia U16 recorded another win at the International Tournament for U16 teams in Turkey beating Bulgaria U16 72:63 in Day 3. Trailing 17-21, Slovenia won the second period 22-13 and then finished the game with 22-12 in the last stanza. Matic Rebec (170-G-95) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Luka Kokol (189-G-95) as well as Nejc Zupan added 14 apiece. Nikolai Georgiev replied with 20 points in the losing effort, while Aleksandar Vezenkov (203-F/G-95) scored 19.
France U16 recovered from the loss over China in Day 3 and beat Bulgaria U16 61:55. The latter led by Aleksandar Vezenkov enjoyed the lead at the halftime, but managed to lose the last two periods and the game itself. France produced 19-11 in the third period and won the game due to 20-12 in the last period. Damien Inglis led the way with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Alexandre Karolak netted 9. Aleksandar Vezenkov exploded with 28 points for Bulgaria and Vasil Stoimenov notched 10.





Bulgarian NBL round 17 best performance: Nikolay Varbanov - by Eurobasket News
Former international center Nikolay Varbanov (209-C-85, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Tundja Yambol, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 26 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Spartak (#8, 3-15) 71-60. Tundja maintains the 6th position in Bulgarian NBL. Tundja is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-12 record. Varbanov turned to be Tundja's top player in his first season with the team. Nikolay Varbanov has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 11.2rpg) and averages impressive 57.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young international forward Aleksandar Yanev (203-F-90, agency: Interperformances) of Euroins Cherno More. Yanev had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Cherno More lost that game 68-84 to the higher-ranked Levski (#2, 15-3). Cherno More 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 7-11 record. Yanev is one of the most experienced players at Cherno More and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.8ppg (#7). He also registered 8.9 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Priest Lauderdale (221-C-73) of league's second-best Levski. Lauderdale scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Levski, leading his team to a 84-68 easy win against the lower-ranked Cherno More (#5, 7-11). Levski is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 15-3 record is not that bad... Lauderdale has a great season in Bulgaria. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.0ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 6.8rpg (#1 in league). Priest Lauderdale has also Bulgarian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Atanas Penev (195-F-85) of Chernomorets - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Tsvetelin Ivanov (196-G-89) of Balkan - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81) of Levski - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Hristo Zahariev (197-G/F-90) of Chernomorets - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Lamont Mack (201-F-87) of Lukoil Academik - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Simeon Tsenov (196-F-82) of Spartak - 22 points and 9 rebounds
10. Vladimir Mijovic (207-F-84) of Rilski Sportist - 14 points and 11 rebounds

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


Division A Round 14: Beroe loses to Academik Plovdiv in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The game between Top Four teams took place in Plovdiv. Third ranked host Academik Plovdiv (8-3) defeated second-ranked Beroe (9-3) 89-81. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Beroe. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 45-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Academik Plovdiv dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Beroe's 22 and made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. Academik Plovdiv forced 21 Beroe turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Beroe helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Martin Horozov (200-F-86) (200-86) had a double-double by scoring 31 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and forward Dimitar Horozov (198-82) chipped in 35 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds during the contest. Guard Boyko Milenkov (194-83) responded with 30 points and 5 rebounds. Newly promoted Academik Plovdiv maintains third position with 8-3 record having five points less than leader Dunav 2007. Beroe at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. Academik Plovdiv are looking forward to face Chavdar (#9) in Troyan in the next round where they are favorite. Beroe will play at home against Academic Blagoevgrad (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Division A top team - Dunav 2007 (12-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Cherno More U18 (6-7) in Ruse 114-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cherno More U18. Power forward Vladimir Nikolov (205-88, college: Garrett JC) notched 25 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Hristo Gospodinov supported him with 22 points and 12 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Dunav 2007's coach Nikolay Gospodinov felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 24 points and 7 rebounds by center Denislav Vutev (206-94) did not help to save the game for Cherno More U18. Undefeated Dunav 2007 have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-0 record. Newly promoted Cherno More U18 dropped to the eighth place with seven games lost. Dunav 2007 will play against Rilski 2 (#4) in Samokov in the next round. Cherno More U18 will play at home against Balkan 2 (#7) in Botevgrad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Academic Blagoevgrad (0-13) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 13th consecutive match to eighth ranked Vidabasket (6-5) 72-65 on Sunday evening. The best player for the winners was Boyko Pangarov who scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Yavor Ivanov produced 23 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the hosts. Vidabasket have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place. Newly promoted Academic Blagoevgrad still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Vidabasket will meet at home Sportist Svoge (#10) in the next round. Academic Blagoevgrad will play against the league's second-placed Beroe in Stara Zagora and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 14 Chavdar was destroyed by NSA on the opponent's court 110-70. Sportist Svoge unfortunately lost to Rilski 2 in a home game 97-111.


Academik PL - Beroe 89-81

The game between Top Four teams took place in Plovdiv. Third ranked host Academik Plovdiv (8-3) defeated second-ranked Beroe (9-3) 89-81. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Beroe. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 45-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Academik Plovdiv dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Beroe's 22 and made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. Academik Plovdiv forced 21 Beroe turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Beroe helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Martin Horozov (200-86) had a double-double by scoring 31 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and forward Dimitar Horozov (198-82) chipped in 35 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds during the contest. Guard Boyko Milenkov (194-83) responded with 30 points and 5 rebounds and forward Boris Marinov (199-85) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Newly promoted Academik Plovdiv maintains third position with 8-3 record having five points less than leader Dunav 2007. Beroe at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. Academik Plovdiv are looking forward to face Chavdar (#9) in Troyan in the next round where they are favorite. Beroe will play at home against Academic Blagoevgrad (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Beroe: B.Milenkov 30+5reb+1ast, B.Marinov 17+6reb+3ast, M.Radnev 10+7reb+1ast, P.Zagorov 8+7reb+2ast, O.Kisimov 8+1reb+2ast, R.Aleksov 5+3reb
Academik PL: D.Horozov 35+6reb+1ast, M.Horozov 31+12reb+6ast, V.Petleshkov 6, M.Penev 6+6reb, A.Nikolov 5+4reb+12ast, J.Novachev 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 113109


NSA - Chavdar 110-70

Rather expected game in Sofia where 9th ranked Chavdar (3-9) was crushed by sixth ranked NSA (7-6) 110-70 on Sunday. The game without a history. NSA led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Chavdar's 46. NSA forced 30 Chavdar turnovers and outrebounded them 47-30 including a 19-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Chavdar's players. The best player for the winners was power forward Danail Hristov (195-90) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Forward Galimir Tomov (196-88) chipped in 23 points. Four NSA players scored in double figures. Guard Petar Hristov (194-90) produced 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Krasimir Koev (202-81) added 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. NSA moved-up to fifth place. Chavdar lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with nine games lost. NSA will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Chavdar will play against Academik Plovdiv (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Chavdar: K.Koev 18+2reb, D.Denchev 15+3reb, P.Hristov 14+9reb+4ast, J.Arabadjiyski 8+3reb+3ast, P.Ignatovski 6+3reb, I.Pironkov 4+1reb
NSA: G.Tomov 23+1reb+1ast, D.Hristov 18+11reb+1ast, H.Anguelov 15+1reb+2ast, A.Iliev 11+4reb+2ast, T.Mladenov 8+1reb+1ast, V.Shuranov 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 113110


Dunav 2007 - Cherno More U18 114-65

Division A top team - Dunav 2007 (12-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Cherno More U18 (6-7) in Ruse 114-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cherno More U18. The game without a history. Dunav 2007 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Cherno More U18 to just 6 points in third quarter. Dunav 2007 dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Cherno More U18's 36. Dunav 2007 forced 20 Cherno More U18 turnovers and outrebounded them 53-30 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Dunav 2007 players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Cherno More U18's players. Power forward Vladimir Nikolov (205-88, college: Garrett JC) notched 25 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and forward Hristo Gospodinov (202-92) supported him with 22 points and 12 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Five Dunav 2007 players scored in double figures. Dunav 2007's coach Nikolay Gospodinov felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 24 points and 7 rebounds by center Denislav Vutev (206-94) did not help to save the game for Cherno More U18. Forward Stoyan Zlatev (192-94) added 12 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Dunav 2007 have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-0 record. Newly promoted Cherno More U18 dropped to the eighth place with seven games lost. Dunav 2007 will play against Rilski 2 (#4) in Samokov in the next round. Cherno More U18 will play at home against Balkan 2 (#7) in Botevgrad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cherno More U18: D.Vutev 24+7reb, S.Zlatev 12+7reb+2ast, A.Dikov 12+6reb, A.Natskin 9+3reb+4ast, Z.Marinov 8+4reb+3ast, N.Stoyanov 0
Dunav 2007: V.Nikolov 25+8reb+2ast, H.Gospodinov 22+12reb, M.Tanev 19+5reb+6ast, L.Paskov 16+6reb+6ast, V.Petkov 11+10reb+7ast, P.Pashanov 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 113106


Sportist Svoge - Rilski 2 97-111

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Rilski 2 (7-5) defeated on the road 10th ranked Sportist Svoge (3-10) 111-97 on Sunday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Rilski 2 shot 60.9 percent from the field and made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Rilski 2 forced 19 Sportist Svoge turnovers and had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 34 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Sportist Svoge's players. The best player for the winners was forward Stanislav Vaklinov (206-89, agency: Interperformances) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Guard Darin Ivanov (181-91) chipped in 23 points and 5 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Forward Emil Goranov (195-83) produced 26 points and 6 rebounds and forward Martin Vutov (195-92) added 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Rilski 2 have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted Rilski 2 maintains fourth position with 7-5 record. Loser Sportist Svoge keeps the tenth place with ten games lost. Rilski 2 will meet at home league's leader Dunav 2007 in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Sportist Svoge will play against Vidabasket (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Sportist Svoge: E.Goranov 26+6reb+1ast, M.Vutov 20+6reb+4ast, Z.Zapryanov 18+6reb, D.Stanislavov 13+6reb+1ast, A.Antov 12+1reb+8ast, A.Ivanov 8+3reb
Rilski 2: L.Kirov 23+3reb+4ast, D.Ivanov 23+3reb+5ast, S.Vaklinov 23+15reb+4ast, I.Tsenov 19+5reb+3ast, K.Georgiev 12+4reb+1ast, M.Dimitar 6+3reb+7ast
gschID: 113107


Academik BL - Vidabasket 65-72

Bottom-ranked Academic Blagoevgrad (0-13) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 13th consecutive match to eighth ranked Vidabasket (6-5) 72-65 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 17 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 7 points. The best player for the winners was guard Boyko Pangarov (183-88) who scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Julian Kolev (194-80) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. The former international forward Yavor Ivanov (195-84) produced 23 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and guard Nikolay Manov (187-91) added 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Vidabasket have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place. Newly promoted Academic Blagoevgrad still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Vidabasket will meet at home Sportist Svoge (#10) in the next round. Academic Blagoevgrad will play against the league's second-placed Beroe in Stara Zagora and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Academik BL: Y.Ivanov 23+6reb+7ast, I.Kraykov 14+7reb+1ast, N.Manov 12+7reb+5ast, D.Georgiev 6+3reb+2ast, B.Tenev 6+2reb+1ast, P.Mihaylov 2
Vidabasket: B.Pangarov 23+5reb+4ast, J.Kolev 16+6reb+3ast, T.Kirov 12+8reb+2ast, A.Mihaylov 9+10reb+1ast, T.Kolev 8+2reb+1ast, A.Ivanov 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 113108




Bulgarian Division A round 14 best performance: Martin Horozov - by Eurobasket News
Forward Martin Horozov (200-F-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Academik Plovdiv, receiving a Eurobasket.com Division A Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 31 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Beroe (#2, 9-3) 89-81. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Academik PL maintains the 3rd position in Bulgarian Division A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Academik PL will need more victories to improve their 8-3 record. Horozov turned to be Academik PL's top player in his first season with the team. Martin Horozov has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 24.9ppg) and averages impressive 1.4bpg,2.3spg and 61.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young Stanislav Vaklinov (206-F-89, agency: Interperformances) of Rilski Sportist Samokov 2. Vaklinov had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he lead Rilski 2 to another comfortable win 111-97 over the lower-ranked Sportist Svoge (#10, 3-10) being unquestionably team leader. Rilski 2's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 7-5 record is not bad at all. Vaklinov is well-known at Rilski 2 and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.4ppg (#9). He also registered 12.6 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Hristo Gospodinov (202-F-92) of league's top team Dunav 2007 Ruse. Gospodinov scored 22 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Dunav 2007, leading his team to a 114-65 easy win against the lower-ranked Cherno More U18 (#8, 6-7). Dunav 2007 have amazing season winning all 12 games without a single defeat. Gospodinov turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Gospodinov has a great season in Bulgaria. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.4rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dimitar Horozov (198-F-82) of Academik PL - 35 points and 6 rebounds
5. Danail Hristov (195-F/C-90) of NSA - 18 points and 11 rebounds
6. Vladimir Nikolov (205-F/C-88) of Dunav 2007 - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Mihail Tanev (197-F-90) of Dunav 2007 - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Ivan Tsenov (203-C-92) of Rilski 2 - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Yavor Ivanov (195-F-84) of Academik BL - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Galimir Tomov (196-F-88) of NSA - 23 points

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


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China U16 conquer Group B with 4-0 record - by Eurobasket News
France and China opened Day 3 in Group B at the International Tournament for U16 teams in Turkey. The Asian team grabbed 69:67 win to remain undefeated after a real thriller in the court. China easily won the first period 21-13 and added 22-17 in the second quarter. The European team however replied with 20-8 and then lost the last quarter 17-18. Qi Zhou led the way with 19 points and 8 rebounds, while Xiaopeng Guo nailed 15. Olivier Yao-delon ended up with 21 points in the losing effort and Lucas Paoletti scored 10.
China U16 beat Iran U16 74:51 to take 4-0 record in Group B. It was a tough start as China managed to take only 14-13 lead after the first 10 minutes, while later they produced 21-9 in the second period. China won also the third and the last quarters to remain undefeated. Jiwei Zhao paced all the winners with 14 points and Ning Pan posted 13. Vafa Sabetrasekhi ended up with 18 points for Iran and Vahagan Gharibian had 13.


Tianjin sign Vernon Hamilton - by Eurobasket News
Vernon Hamilton (183-G-84, college: Clemson) will play in China. The 26-year-old guard has agreed on terms of contract with Tianjin. He will replace Benson Lee (208-F/C-73, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Brown Mackie) on the roster. Vernon Hamilton played in D-League this season. The guard started the season with the Austin Toros. Vernon Hamilton averaged 13.5 points, 3.8 assists and 3.5 boards per game. Later he moved to the Dakota Wizards. His stats then read 13.8 points, 4.3 boards, 3.2 assists and 1.3 steals per appearance. Vernon Hamilton used to play in Germany, Latvia, Turkey, Japan, Switzerland and Ukraine. The guard made into NCAA Defensive All-America Team back in 2006 while playing for the Clemson University.


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A1 Round 14: Zabok edges Kvarner 2010 by three points - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 14 in the A1 took place in Zabok. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of Kvarner 2010 (7-7) to fifth ranked Zabok (7-7) 73-70 in the game for the fourth place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kvarner 2010. Kvarner 2010 was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 22-18 charge of Zabok, which allowed them to win the game. They made 34-of-43 free shots (79.1 percent) during the game, while Kvarner 2010 only scored twelve points from the stripe. 30 personal fouls committed by Kvarner 2010 helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Robert Lez (200-F-79) (200-79) who scored 28 points (was perfect 14-for-14 from the free throw line !!!). Forward Filip Kraljevic (214-89) chipped in 19 points. Guard Hrvoje Puljko (193-83) produced 18 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Zabok moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Kvarner 2010. Zabok is looking forward to face higher ranked Borik Puntamika (#3) in Zadar in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Kvarner 2010 will play at home against Svjetlost in Slavonski Brod and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Borik Puntamika (8-6) against sixth ranked Dubrovnik (7-7) on Saturday night. Visiting Borik Puntamika was defeated by Dubrovnik in a tough game in Dubrovnik 72-77. Guard Nikola Dosen (187-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Mislav Peric contributed with 15 points for the winners. Guard Teo Petani (190-88) replied with 14 points and 9 rebounds for Borik Puntamika. Borik Puntamika's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Dubrovnik moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Borik Puntamika at the other side dropped to the third position with six games lost. Dubrovnik will play against Vrijednosnice OS (#7) in Darda in the next round. Borik Puntamika will play at home against Zabok (#4) in Zabok and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader KK Split delivered the eleventh victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 8th ranked Svjetlost (6-8) 82-63. Josip Sobin had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Luka Petkovic responded with 27 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. KK Split have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-3 record. Svjetlost lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with eight games lost. KK Split will meet league's second-placed Alkar Sinj on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Svjetlost will play against Kvarner 2010 (#6) in Rijeka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Trogir. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 10th ranked Trogir (4-10) to seventh ranked Vrijednosnice OS (7-7) 80-77 on Sunday evening. Ivan Krolo notched 21 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort. Vrijednosnice OS have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Trogir lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Vrijednosnice OS's next round opponent will be Dubrovnik (#5) at home. Trogir will play against Dubrava (#9) in Zagreb and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 14 Dubrava was defeated by Alkar Sinj in a road game 87-71.
The best stats of 14th round was 23 points and 15 rebounds by Ivica Radic of Alkar Sinj.


Dubrovnik - Borik 77-72

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Borik Puntamika (8-6) against sixth ranked Dubrovnik (7-7) on Saturday night. Visiting Borik Puntamika was defeated by Dubrovnik in a tough game in Dubrovnik 72-77. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Borik Puntamika won third quarter 22-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Borik Puntamika was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Nikola Dosen (187-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Mislav Peric (191-88) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Five Dubrovnik players scored in double figures. Guard Teo Petani (190-88) replied with 14 points and 9 rebounds and guard Ivan Mikulic (194-91) added 14 points in the effort for Borik Puntamika. Borik Puntamika's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Dubrovnik moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Borik Puntamika at the other side dropped to the third position with six games lost. Dubrovnik will play against Vrijednosnice OS (#7) in Darda in the next round. Borik Puntamika will play at home against Zabok (#4) in Zabok and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dubrovnik: M.Peric 15+2reb+2ast, N.Dosen 12+6reb+4ast, A.Ostric 12+3reb, A.Vranjes 11+3reb, A.Blesic 10+4reb+1ast, V.Soko 7+1ast
Borik: T.Petani 14+9reb+3ast, I.Mikulic 14+4reb+2ast, J.Skific 9+3reb+1ast, J.Ruzic 8+4reb+1ast, M.Cakarun 6+4reb, P.Maric 6+4reb
gschID: 107758


Trogir - Darda 77-80

A very interesting game took place in Trogir. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 10th ranked Trogir (4-10) to seventh ranked Vrijednosnice OS (7-7) 80-77 on Sunday evening. It looked good early as Trogir took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Vrijednosnice OS had a 18-14 second period charge getting the lead and Trogir was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 77-80. Center Ivan Krolo (217-83) notched 21 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Zvonimir Ridl (204-73) supported him with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Even 24 points and 6 rebounds by forward Luka Zitko (201-81) did not help to save the game for Trogir. Forward Toni Vitali (201-91) added 15 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Vrijednosnice OS have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Trogir lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Vrijednosnice OS's next round opponent will be Dubrovnik (#5) at home. Trogir will play against Dubrava (#9) in Zagreb and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Darda: Z.Ridl 21+7reb+2ast, I.Krolo 21+9reb+1ast, A.Bicvic 13+4reb+3ast, I.Bakovic 7+3reb+3ast, M.Rakitic 7+1reb+3ast, D.Meznaric 6+1reb+2ast
Trogir: L.Zitko 24+6reb+3ast, T.Vitali 15+8reb, A.Bilic 11+2reb+2ast, M.Karakas 9+1reb+7ast, M.Diminic 9+3reb+1ast, N.Vladovic 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 107759


Alkar Sinj - Dubrava 87-71

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Dubrava (4-10) was defeated on the road by third ranked Alkar Sinj (9-5) 87-71. The game was mostly controlled by Alkar Sinj. Dubrava was better in second period 13-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Ivica Radic (207-90) notched a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Zeliko Zupic (205-81, college: Denver) supported him with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four Alkar Sinj players scored in double figures. Alkar Sinj's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Even a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds by power forward Dario Saric (205-94) did not help to save the game for Dubrava. Guard Domagoj Basic (190-86) added 19 points for the guests. Alkar Sinj moved-up to second place. Dubrava lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with ten games lost. Alkar Sinj's next round opponent will be league's leader KK Split at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Dubrava will play against Trogir (#10) in Trogir and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Alkar Sinj: I.Radic 23+15reb, S.Modric 15+5reb+1ast, Z.Zupic 15+7reb+1ast, A.Anzulovic 12+3reb+3ast, A.Bilobrk 8+3reb+2ast, A.Delas 6+3reb+7ast
Dubrava: D.Basic 19+3reb, D.Saric 14+12reb+3ast, S.Cubric 12+4reb+4ast, I.Cvjetkovic 9+4reb, R.Rikic 6+1reb+1ast, N.Garma 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 107760


KK Split - Svjetlost 82-63

Leader KK Split delivered the eleventh victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 8th ranked Svjetlost (6-8) 82-63. The game was mostly controlled by KK Split. Svjetlost managed to win fourth quarter 27-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. KK Split outrebounded Svjetlost 27-15 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Toni Katic (185-92) chipped in 20 points and 5 assists during the contest. Guard Luka Petkovic (190-88) responded with 27 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and forward Matej Karlovic (200-89) scored 10 points. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. KK Split have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-3 record. Svjetlost lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with eight games lost. KK Split will meet league's second-placed Alkar Sinj on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Svjetlost will play against Kvarner 2010 (#6) in Rijeka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KK Split: T.Katic 20+4reb+5ast, J.Sobin 19+16reb+1ast, I.Mimica 13+5reb+2ast, T.Dijan 9+3reb+1ast, S.Rezic 9+1ast, R.Ciklic 6+2reb+1ast
Svjetlost: L.Petkovic 27+5reb+1ast, M.Karlovic 10+4reb, O.Misic 8+1reb+2ast, S.Helbich 7+3reb, M.Matasovic 5+4reb, F.Vukicevic 4
gschID: 107756


Zabok - Kvarner 2010 73-70

The most exciting game of round 14 in the A1 took place in Zabok. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Kvarner 2010 (7-7) to fifth ranked Zabok (7-7) 73-70 in the game for the fourth place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kvarner 2010. Kvarner 2010 was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 22-18 charge of Zabok, which allowed them to win the game. They made 34-of-43 free shots (79.1 percent) during the game, while Kvarner 2010 only scored twelve points from the stripe. 30 personal fouls committed by Kvarner 2010 helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Robert Lez (200-79) who scored 28 points (was perfect 14-for-14 from the free throw line !!!). Forward Filip Kraljevic (214-89) chipped in 19 points. Guard Hrvoje Puljko (193-83) produced 18 points and 5 rebounds and center Matija Poscic (207-85, college: De Paul) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Zabok moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Kvarner 2010. Zabok is looking forward to face higher ranked Borik Puntamika (#3) in Zadar in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Kvarner 2010 will play at home against Svjetlost in Slavonski Brod and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Zabok: R.Lez 28+4reb+2ast, F.Kraljevic 19+4reb, R.Rogic 8+4reb+2ast, S.Jankovic 7+2reb+2ast, I.Peklaric 5+7reb+1ast, T.Brnas 4+4reb
Kvarner 2010: H.Puljko 18+5reb+2ast, M.Poscic 12+8reb, H.Pervan 9+2reb, J.Surina 9+1reb+1ast, F.Filipovic 9+2reb+1ast, Z.Pehar 7+4reb
gschID: 107757




Ivica Radic claims Croatian A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Talented Ivica Radic (207-F-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Alkar Sinj and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 20-year old forward had a double-double of 23 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team crushed Dubrava (#9, 4-10) with 16-point margin 87-71. Alkar Sinj is placed at 2nd position in Croatian A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Alkar Sinj will need more victories to improve their 9-5 record. Radic turned to be Alkar Sinj's top player in his first season with the team. Radic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 9.3rpg) and averages solid 56.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old forward Luka Zitko (201-F-81) of Trogir ZP. Zitko impressed basketball fans with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Trogir was edged by the higher-ranked Darda (#7, 7-7) 80-77. Trogir is still in a red zone at 10th spot in the standings. 10 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Trogir managed to get this year. Zitko is well-known by Trogir fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.3ppg (#3). He also registered 4.8 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) of top-ranked KK Split. Sobin scored 19 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of KK Split, leading his team to a 82-63 easy win against the lower-ranked Svjetlost (#8, 6-8). KK Split confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 3 lost games. Sobin has a great season in Croatia. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.2ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 7.8rpg (6th best). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 67.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ivan Krolo (217-C-83) of Darda - 21 points and 9 rebounds
5. Robert Lez (200-F-79) of Zabok - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Luka Petkovic (190-G-88) of Svjetlost - 27 points and 5 rebounds
7. Dario Saric (205-F/C-94) of Dubrava - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Filip Kraljevic (214-F-89) of Zabok - 19 points and 4 rebounds
9. Toni Vitali (201-F-91) of Trogir - 15 points and 8 rebounds
10. Toni Katic (185-G-92) of KK Split - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists

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


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Luka PETKOVIC
  Svjetlost
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 25
 1. Petkovic, Svjetlost25.0 
 2. Puljko, Kvarner .22.8 
 3. Zitko, Trogir18.8 
 4. Krapic, Zabok17.6 
 5. Mimica, KK Split16.7 
 6. Karakas, Trogir16.3 
 7. Sobin, KK Split16.2 
 8. Bakovic, Darda16.2 
 9. Ridl, Darda15.6 
 10. Krolo, Darda15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dalibor BAGARIC
  Marousi
  (217-C-80)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Bagaric, Dubrava11.6 
 2. Krapic, Zabok9.4 
 3. Radic, Alkar Sinj9.3 
 4. Krolo, Darda8.6 
 5. Saric, Dubrava8.6 
 6. Sobin, KK Split7.8 
 7. Ruzic, Borik6.8 
 8. Ridl, Darda6.4 
 9. Ragsdale, Kvarner .6.3 
 10. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Luka PETKOVIC
  Svjetlost
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Petkovic, Svjetlost5.0 
 2. Karakas, Trogir5.0 
 3. Blajic, Alkar Sinj4.8 
 4. Blajic, Trogir4.3 
 5. Delas, Alkar Sinj4.0 
 6. Tomeljak, Zabok3.9 
 7. Jugo, Kvarner 20103.7 
 8. Primorac, Dubrava3.4 
 9. Misic, Svjetlost3.3 
 10. Katic, KK Split3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Teo PETANI
  Borik
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Petani, Borik2.4 
 2. Anzulovic, Alkar Sinj2.3 
 3. Puljko, Kvarner .2.3 
 4. Kamaldin, Darda1.9 
 5. Blajic, Trogir1.8 
 6. Skific, Borik1.8 
 7. Misic, Svjetlost1.8 
 8. Tomeljak, Zabok1.8 
 9. Swift, Darda1.8 
 10. Zitko, Trogir1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Toni VITALI
  Trogir
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Vitali, Trogir1.7 
 2. Bagaric, Dubrava1.6 
 3. Kraljevic, Zabok1.2 
 4. Krolo, Darda1.2 
 5. Sarlija, Borik1.1 
 6. Sobin, KK Split1.1 
 7. Vladovic, Trogir1.0 
 8. Ragsdale, Kvarner .1.0 
 9. Petkovic, Svjetlost0.8 
 10. Saric, Dubrava0.8 


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Gilling's 28 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
19-year old forward Jonathan Gilling (203-F-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for Horsholm 79ers and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had the game-high 28 points adding five rebounds and two assists for Horsholm in his team's victory, helping them to beat Amager BK (#9, 4-19) 91-78. Horsholm maintains the 4th position in Danish league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Horsholm will need more victories to improve their 13-8 record. In the team's last game Gilling had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range and got six three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He has many years of experience at Horsholm, through which he has constantly improved. Jonathan Gilling averages this season 14.9ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Donald Rutherford (198-F-87) of SISU Copenhagen. He is American forward in his first season at SISU. In the last game Rutherford recorded impressive double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as SISU lost that game 80-90 to the higher-ranked Bakken (#1, 21-1). SISU managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-14 record. Rutherford is a newcomer at SISU and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Bonell Colas (205-F-82) of Vaerlose BBK (#7). Colas scored 17 points and grabbed eighteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Colas' great performance Vaerlose lost 86-90in overtime to the higher-ranked Svendborg (#2, 19-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Vaerlose not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Colas could try to bring Vaerlose's a little bit higher in the standings. Colas has individually a great season in Denmark. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.8ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 10.3rpg (2nd best). He also has 1.4bpg and FGP: 56.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nicolai Iversen (205-F/C-80) of Svendborg - 24 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Nerijus Brasas (200-F-85) of Amager BK - 30 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Edward Morris (203-F-84) of Aabyhoj - 22 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87) of Naestved - 22 points and 17 rebounds
8. Andreas Jakobsen (187-G-83) of Bakken - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Mikael Nielsen (178-G-90) of SISU - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Pape Ba (207-F/C-80) of Vaerlose - 17 points and 9 rebounds

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


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Utah Flash fall to Rio Grande Valley Vipers - by Eurobasket News
Utah F. - Rio Grande 99-109
The defending NBA Development League champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers hit 23 more free throws in 21 more attempts to win the only meeting of the season against the Utah Flash, 109-99, on Monday at the UCCU Center. The Vipers (22-9) are now winners of three-straight and 15-of-17. They are also within one game of the first place Tulsa 66ers (23-8). The Vipers shot 28-for-35 (80%) from the foul line while the Flash (14-15), losers of three-straight, were 5-for-14. Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette) led the Vipers with 26 points and seven assists while Richard Roby (6'6''-G-85) scored with 22 points to go with a career-high 11 rebounds. Kevin Kruger (6'1''-G-83, college: UNLV) led the Flash with 14 points. *Courtesy of www.deseretnews.com




Rockets recall Ish Smith - by Eurobasket News
The defending NBA Development League champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers announced Monday their parent club, the Houston Rockets, have recalled point guard Ishmael Smith (6'0''-G-88, college: Wake Forest) and that the Vipers have acquired center Connor Atchley (6'10''-F/C-85, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Texas) from the Iowa Energy for power forward Stanley Robinson (6'9''-F-88, college: Connecticut), who was reacquired earlier in the day.

The Vipers have also waived center Mickell Gladness (6'11''-F/C-86).

Assigned Jan. 17, Smith played in four games (one start) with the Vipers, averaging 12.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.8 steals in 31.8 minutes per game. He shot 43.1 percent (22 for 51) from the field, 30 percent (3 for 10) from behind the arc and 50 percent (4 for 8) from the foul line.

He scored a career-high 18 points on 7 of 12 shooting against the Maine Red Claws on Jan. 19 and finished by dishing out a career-high 10 assists to go with a career-high three steals against the Dakota Wizards on Jan. 22.

Ishmael had an effective stay with the Vipers as he was able to continue his development in games, sais Vipers general manager Gersson Rosas, who is also the Rockets' vice president of player personnel. There is nothing like a game setting for a young point guard to continue to work on his craft, especially in terms of running a team and being an initiator on defense. We were able to take advantage of a key stretch of Vipers games for him to participate in and look forward to the next period where he can come back down and continue his work with our Vipers coaches.'

Smith is averaging 3.1 points, 1.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 12.9 minutes in 24 games (three starts) for the Rockets.

Atchley is averaging 5.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 17.1 minutes in 19 games (13 starts). He is shooting 43.6 percent (34 for 78) from the field and 87.1 percent (27 for 31) from the free-throw line.

He scored a season-high 19 points on 7 of 9 shooting in 27 minutes vs. Sioux Falls on Dec. 1. Atchley is in his second year in the NBA Development League. He split last season between Dakota and Iowa, averaging 6.5 points and 3.8 rebounds in 41 games (13 starts). For his career, Atchley is averaging 6.1 points 3.7 rebounds and 16.5 minutes in 60 games (26 starts).

Atchleys best play came in the playoffs with the Energy last year, when he averaged 10.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in six games and starts.

Connor is a versatile big that fits our style of play with his shooting and size, which help address some of our team needs, Rosas said. 'He is a guy we would like to get a closer look at in our environment and we are glad to add him to our team. We feel like he has an opportunity to come in and get better by working with our coaches in order to help our team.'

Atchley played for the Sacramento Kings during NBA training camp, scoring two points, while hitting 1 of 3 shots, with three rebounds (two offensive) in eight minutes over the course of three games. Atchley played for the Kings during the NBA Summer Leauge in Las Vegas, averaging 3.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.

He also played for the New Jersey Nets during the Orlando Pro Summer League, averaging 7.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 22.2 minutes per game. Atchley also played for the Golden State Warriors during the 2009 NBA Summer League and then in Turkey before joining the NBA Development League.

Atchleys best season with the Longhorns came as a junior during the 2007-08 season, when he averaged 9.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and a Big 12-best 2.1 blocks per game. He was named to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team, the Big 12 All-Improved team and the Academic All-Big 12 First Team.

The 23-year old was born in Houston and grew up in Clear Lake.

Robinson averaged 9.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 10.3 minutes in three games off the bench before getting waived due to a right leg injury Dec. 16.

Gladness averaged 3.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 19 games (six starts).

Courtesy of www.brownsvilleherald.com


Sixers recall F Brackins - by Eurobasket News
The Philadelphia 76ers announced today that they have recalled rookie forward Craig Brackins (6'10''-F-87, college: Iowa St.) from their NBA Development League affiliate, the Springfield Armor. Brackins was assigned to the Armor on January 15. His first assignment was from November 30 through December 12.

In 14 games for Springfield, Brackins averaged 19.9 points, 9.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.00 blocks in 37.2 minutes per game. Over his final three games with the Armor, Brackins averaged 24.7 points and 11.3 rebounds. He leaves the D-League tied for the seventh-highest scoring average of any player this season.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Spurs assign James Anderson to D-League - by Eurobasket News
The San Antonio Spurs announced that they have assigned rookie James Anderson (6'6''-G-89, college: Oklahoma St.) to the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League. This is Andersons second assignment to the Toros this season while rehabbing from a stress fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot which he was diagnosed with on November 11.

Anderson, a 6-6, 215-pound guard, was originally assigned to Austin on January 26. He appeared in two games for the Toros, averaging 14.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in 14.0 minutes. He shot .556 (10-18) from the field, .444 (4-9) from three-point territory and .714 (5-7) from the free throw line. Anderson was recalled by the Spurs on January 29 and saw limited action in three games.

Before the injury, Anderson appeared in six games for the Spurs, averaging 7.0 points and 1.5 assists in 17.7 minutes.

For the season he has appeared in nine games, averaging 5.2 points and 1.1 assists in 13.0 minutes. He is shooting .432 (16-37) from the field and .500 (11-22) from three-point land.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


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 Grande19.6 
 7. Dentmon, Texas L.19.2 
 8. Lin, Reno Bighorns18.5 
 9. McNeal, Rio Grande18.4 
 10. Edwards, New M.18.4 
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. Sims, Iowa E.9.7 
 5. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.7 
 6. Johnson, Dakota W.9.7 
 7. Williams, Texas L.9.4 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.2 
 9. Brackins, Spring.9.1 
 10. Williams, Tulsa 66ers8.6 
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
 Aaron MILES
  Reno Bighorns
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 2. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 3. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.3 
 4. Lofton, Iowa E.2.3 
 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. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 8. Sykes, Sioux F.2.2 
 9. Pittman, Sioux F.1.8 
 10. Adrien, Rio Grande1.8 


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Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. TU/Rock 21-2 
 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 1-23 


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. Pilk, TT.14.6 
 9. Tagamets, Va.14.6 
 10. Kuuba, Voru KK14.6 
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. Kuuba, Voru KK9.0 
 6. Osby, TT.8.9 
 7. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.7 
 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/Rock3.2 
 4. Oja, Va.3.1 
 5. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo2.9 
 6. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock2.7 
 7. Pokla, Rakvere2.7 
 8. Karner, Parnu2.6 
 9. Archibald, TT.2.5 
 10. Dorbek, Rakvere2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (180-G-93)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Laane, Rapla2.3 
 2. Doronin, TU/Rock2.2 
 3. Saage, Rakvere2.2 
 4. Leppik, TU/Rock2.2 
 5. Raap, Parnu2.1 
 6. Karner, Parnu1.9 
 7. Veideman, TU/Rock1.9 
 8. Keedus, TT.1.8 
 9. Dorbek, Rakvere1.8 
 10. Erm, Rapla1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.0 
 2. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.5 
 3. Osby, TT.1.5 
 4. Raadik, Parnu1.0 
 5. Brown, Va.0.9 
 6. Talts, TU/Rock0.8 
 7. Raadik, TU/Rock0.8 
 8. Arnold, TT.0.8 
 9. Saarmets, TTU/K.0.7 
 10. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 


Keerles' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
30-year old forward Rait Keerles (201-F-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Kalev/Cramo and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds, while his team crushed Parnu (#8, 5-18) with 22-point margin 88-66. Kalev/Cramo maintains the 2nd position in Estonian league. They are still close to the very top. Kalev/Cramo would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 20-3 record. Keerles has many years of experience at Kalev/Cramo, through which he has constantly improved. Rait Keerles averages this season 11.3ppg and 5.8rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Rannar Raap (187-G/F-92) of Parnu. He is a swingman in his 3rd season at Parnu. In the last game Raap recorded impressive 20 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Parnu lost that game 76-81 to the higher-ranked Rakvere (#4, 12-11). Parnu managed to keep the same 8th spot in the standings. 18 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Parnu managed to get this year. Raap is one of the most experienced players at Parnu and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.7ppg (#3).

Third place about best performers goes to forward Silver Kuuba (198-F-74) of Voru KK (#9). Kuuba scored 20 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Kuuba's great performance Voru KK lost 68-73 to the higher-ranked Rapla (#6, 9-13). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Voru KK can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 1-22 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Kuuba he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Kuuba has individually a great season in Estonia. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.0ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 9.1rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Heigo Erm (190-G/F-80) of Rapla - 26 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Toomas Raadik (198-F-90) of Parnu - 24 points and 12 rebounds
6. Valmo Kriisa (190-G-74) of TTU/Kalev - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Andrew Arnold (208-C-86) of TTU/Kalev II - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Matthew Hall (191-G-86) of Rakvere - 24 points and 9 rebounds
9. Ando Tagamets (200-F-79) of Valga/CKE - 21 points and 6 rebounds
10. Kristjan Kitsing (201-F/C-90) of Kalev/Cramo - 15 points, 9 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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Galatasaray part ways with Taylor Rochesti - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray decided to split ways with Taylor Rochestie (185-G-85, college: Washington St.). The 25-year-old guard joined the Turkish team at the start of the season. He averaged 7.9 points, 3.5 boards and 3.1 assists per game in TBL. In EuroCup his stats read 6.0 points, 3.2 boards and 2.5 assists per appearance. Last season Taylor Rochestie played for Goettingen in Germany. He tallied 14.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game in EuroCup. In Bundesliga the guard posted 15.1 points, 3.2 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game.


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End of season for Panagiotis Vasilopoulos - by Giorgos Diploidis
The misfortune of Panagiotis Vasilopoulos (202-F-84, agency: FCM) never ends. Hardly had he begun finding himself and playing according to his abilities and a new injury obligates him to stay another very long period away from the courts. The Greek forward of Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus has sustained a very serious knee-injury and he has to undergo a new surgery. This means that the season for him is over and if his recovery goes as his doctors wish, he will be able to play again after at least six months.

Vasilopoulos is extremely unlucky because he had just returned after a very long absence because of an also very serious waist-injury, which kept him inactive for a long time too. Besides, his coach Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ) was really disappointed when he heard the news, as he was counting on Vasilopoulos's return to strengthen even more his front line.

(By George Fragkos)


January MVP: Juan Carlos Navarro, Regal FC Barcelona - by Eurobasket News
One of world basketball's signature superstars arrived to the Top 16 coming off the least-productive two months of his Euroleague career, including his longest absence from the competition due to injury. Three amazing weeks later, Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) is Euroleague Basketball's choice as Sportingbet January MVP. The first half of the Top 16 proved one thing for certain: 'La Bomba' is back, as evidenced by Regal F.C. Barcelona's unbeaten 3-0 record and Navarro's place atop the scoring charts. After scoring only 24 points over an eight-game span since October - and not playing half of those due to a back injury - Navarro scored at least that many in each of the first two Top 16 games. The first of those was a double-digit victory over the best team of the regular season, Maccabi Electra, ending its nine-game win streak. In that game, Navarro moved up to second place on the Euroleague's all-time scoring list. The second victory, thanks to Navarros game-winning shot on the road, was Union Olimpija's first home loss all season. By the time of its third victory, against Lottomatica Roma at home last week, Barcelona had become one of just three undefeated teams at the Top 16's halfway mark. Among those 3-0 teams, Navarro had the most points, most free throws and highest performance index rating. He also tied for the most three-point shots made and distributed the second-most assists. Most of all, with the Top 16 pressure turned up on all teams, Navarro seized the moment to put Barcelona's title defense back on track after a slightly rocky regular season. For all those reasons, Juan Carlos Navarro can add the Sportingbet January MVP award to his long list of accolades!

The Sportingbet MVP of the Month award now is in its seventh season. Although statistics and performance ratings are taken into consideration for the award, they alone do not determine who is honored. The winner is named by Euroleague Basketball based on his and his team's performance. The award for January was based upon the two Top 16 games played during that month and another played on February 2 and 3. Sportingbet, a Euroleague Basketball partner, is the sponsor of the MVP of the Month award. Just as the best Euroleague player each month combines performance and leadership for success, so does Sportingbet's sponsorship communicate its conviction to be the best betting brand in European basketball.

In a Top 16 opener that created huge buzz, last season's champion, Barcelona, hosted the regular season's best team, Maccabi. Navarro welcomed the visitors with a barrage of 3 three-pointers early in the first quarter. The third of those pushed Navarro past 2,500 points for his career, making him just the second Euroleague player, behind Marcus Brown, to achieve that mark. Later, Navarro helped finish an 81-71 victory with 6 points down the stretch that gave him 24 points to go with 5 assists and 8 fouls drawn for a performance index rating of 27, matching the highest against Maccabi all season. If all his points were scored on three-pointers and free throws against Maccabi, on the road the next week in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Navarro took another route to the basket. By making 7 of 7 two-pointers on his way to 27 points, Navarro recorded his fourth-best scoring performance in his 190 Euroleague games since 2000. His last basket, on a running step-back shot with 90 seconds left, held up as the game winner as Barcelona escaped 67-68 before 13,000 fans of Union Olimpija. Against both Maccabi and Olimpija, Navarro played more than 35 minutes, something he had not done in back-to-back Euroleague games for an entire decade. Fortunately, his back was just as healthy the following week against Roma, when Barcelona needed him for no more than 24 minutes, in which he scored 13 points and dished 5 assists in a handy 80-56 victory. Over the first three games of the Top 16, Navarro had averaged 21.3 points, more than double his regular season average and a scoring rate that only three players in nine seasons have bettered over the course of an entire Top 16.

At 30 years old, Navarro has one of the fullest trophy cases in the sport of basketball. He is the reigning Final Four MVP, a former full-season Euroleague MVP and a four-time All-Euroleague First Team member. This will be his third monthly MVP award following January of 2006 and April of last season, when his Playoffs performance launched Barcelona to its latest continental title. With Barcelona, Navarro is a two-time Euroleague champion, having also won in 2003, and five-time Spanish League champion. He is also a reigning European champion, Olympic silver medalist and a former World Champion with the Spanish national team. The first three games of the Top 16 showed his fans, teammates and opponents that, despite the longest injury of his Euroleague career, Navarro's drive to add put his team back on the Final Four stage in their hometown of Barcelona this spring is as strong as ever. Juan Carlos Navarro will collect his latest trophy, the Sportingbet January MVP award, at an upcoming Euroleague home game.

Courtesy of Euroleague


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  FRANCE   


French ProB round 20 best performance: Nigel Wyatte - by Eurobasket News
American power forward Nigel Wyatte (204-F/C-81, agency: Court Side) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Le Portel, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Charleville (#18, 3-17) 84-77. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Le Portel maintains the 9th position in French ProB. Le Portel 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 11-9 record. Wyatte just recently signed at Le Portel, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Nigel Wyatte averages this season 12.3ppg and 8.0rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American James Mathis (199-F/C-84, agency: Court Side) of Maurienne. Mathis had a very good evening with a double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds. Of course Maurienne cruised to a 99-89 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Boulogne (#12, 9-11). Maurienne's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Mathis is a newcomer at Maurienne, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Le Portel's star - American guard Austen Rowland (186-G-81, agency: Court Side). Rowland showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, eight rebounds and nine assists in the last round. He was another key player of Le Portel, helping his team with a 84-77 win against the lower-ranked Charleville (#18, 3-17). Le Portel needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 9 lost games. Rowland has a great season in France. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 6.8apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Corey Rouse (203-F-84) of Charleville - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Andre Harris (201-F/C-85) of Lille - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. William Daniels (203-F-86) of Nanterre - 20 points and 5 rebounds
7. Mykal Riley (198-F-85) of Nanterre - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Kevin Corre (203-F-85) of Bourg - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Moses Sonko (196-F-83) of Maurienne - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Landon Milbourne (201-F-87) of Boulogne - 21 points and 4 rebounds

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


France and China opened Day 3 in Group B at the U16 International Tournament - by Eurobasket News
France and China opened Day 3 in Group B at the International Tournament for U16 teams in Turkey. The Asian team grabbed 69:67 win to remain undefeated after a real thriller in the court. China easily won the first period 21-13 and added 22-17 in the second quarter. The European team however replied with 20-8 and then lost the last quarter 17-18. Qi Zhou led the way with 19 points and 8 rebounds, while Xiaopeng Guo nailed 15. Olivier Yao-delon ended up with 21 points in the losing effort and Lucas Paoletti scored 10.
France U16 recovered from the loss over China in Day 3 and beat Bulgaria U16 61:55. The latter led by Aleksandar Vezenkov (203-F/G-95) enjoyed the lead at the halftime, but managed to lose the last two periods and the game itself. France produced 19-11 in the third period and won the game due to 20-12 in the last period. Damien Inglis (198-F-95) led the way with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Alexandre Karolak netted 9. Aleksandar Vezenkov exploded with 28 points for Bulgaria and Vasil Stoimenov notched 10.



Joseph Jones claims French ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Joseph Jones (206-F/C-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for STB Le Havre and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 24-year old power forward had a double-double of 22 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Paris-Levallois (#12, 6-11) 82-77. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Le Havre maintains the 11th position in French ProA. Le Havre is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-10 record. It's Jones' second year at Le Havre and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Texas A&M University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Jones is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 8.7rpg) and averages solid 56.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American swingman Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81) of Sluc Nancy Basket Pro. Darden impressed basketball fans with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Nancy lost that game 61-69 to the lower-ranked Poitierarleys (#14, 6-11). Nancy managed to keep the same 3rd spot in the standings. His team's 12-5 record is not bad at all. Darden is a newcomer at Nancy and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.9ppg (#1). He also registered 7.2 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Randal Falker (201-F-85) of second-ranked Cholet Basket. Falker scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Cholet, leading his team to a 83-68 easy win against the lower-ranked Orleans (#13, 6-11). Cholet needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 4 lost games. Falker has a very solid season. In 15 games in France he scored 7.4ppg. He also has 6.7rpg, 1.3bpg and FGP: 56.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78) of Strasbourg - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Mouhamed Sene (213-C-86) of Gravelines - 15 points and 10 rebounds
6. Lamont Hamilton (208-F-84) of Paris-Levallois - 24 points and 6 rebounds
7. Sammy Mejia (198-G-83) of Cholet - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88) of Orleans - 20 points and 6 rebounds
9. Evan Fournier (198-G/F-92) of Poitierarleys - 21 points and 2 rebounds
10. Georgi Joseph (197-F-82) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 16 points, 5 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)


French NM1 round 21 best performance: Rafael Lopez - by Eurobasket News
Center Rafael Lopez (204-C-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Etendard de Brest, receiving a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 28 points and 12 rebounds, while his team crushed CFBB (#18, 3-18) with 18-point margin 90-72. Brest maintains the 4th position in French NM1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Brest will need more victories to improve their 13-8 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Lopez as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Rafael Lopez averages this season 11.8ppg and 7.3rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 38-year old American Antwon Hoard (199-F-72, agency: ACMT) of USA Lievin Basket. Hoard had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Lievin lost that game 77-89 to slightly higher-ranked Le Puy (#13, 9-12). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Lievin dropped in the standings to 15th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-13 record. Hoard is a newcomer at Lievin, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Harry Disy (201-F-84) of Roche (#17). Disy scored 21 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Roche, leading his team to a 73-62 win against the higher-ranked St Quentin (#6, 12-9). Roche can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-16 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Disy he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Disy has individually a great season in France. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.6ppg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Olivier Kolb (205-C-87) of Blois - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-F-84) of Brest - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Cyril Guillarme (206-C-84) of Le Puy - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Emilien Barbry (188-G-83) of Orchy - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Tahirou Sani (204-F-85) of Get Vosges - 16 points and 13 rebounds
9. Xavier Pasut (200-C-84) of Sorgues - 10 points and 11 rebounds
10. Damien Pistre (190-G-83) of Le Puy - 22 points and 6 rebounds

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


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  GEORGIA   


Georgia U16 losses two more in Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Georgia U16 losses two more in Turkey but tries hard anyway. Iran U16 grabbed the first win at the International Tournament for U16 teams in Turkey as they handed 62:50 loss to Georgia U16. Iran opened the game with 18-8, but Georgia had massive 29-8 in the second period. The third period became a disaster for Georgia that could not score a point, losing 0-19 in the frame. Iran added 17-13 in the last frame for the final success. Vahid Dalrizahan paced all the winners with 21 points and 15 rebounds, while Alireza Mortazavi scored 10. Sandro Bolkvadze ended up with 18 points and 8 rebounds in defeat and Nugzar Abuladze followed him with 12.
Slovenia U16 cruised past Georgia U16 89:56 in Day 4 of the International Tournament for U16 teams in Turkey. Slovenia took the lead from the first minutes and had 14-6 lead after the first 10 minutes. After another 23-20 in the second frame the favorites enjoyed 39:26 halftime advantage. Another 33-12 in the third period allowed them to go on a bigger lead and win the game. Aleksej Nikolic (178-G-95) stepped up with 21 points and Blaz Abram scored 16. Beka Darakhvelidze replied with 22 points in defeat and Zezva Liluashvili netted 10.




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. Toudjani, Energy R.8.6 
 9. Antadze, GTU T.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. Tetelashvili, GSAU T.5.0 
 4. Parghalava, Sokhu.5.0 
 5. Tavartkiladz., Samedi.4.8 
 6. Mikeladze, Batumi4.7 
 7. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi4.4 
 8. Tsivtsivadze, Energy R.4.4 
 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. Kobidze, GTU T.1.2 
 6. Toudjani, Energy R.1.2 
 7. Damus, Sokhumi1.2 
 8. Boisa, Army1.1 
 9. Matiashvili, TSU T.1.1 
 10. Beruashvili, GTU T.1.1 


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  GERMANY   


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel21.8 
 2. Shepherd, Osnab.20.2 
 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. Larsen, Dragons4.3 
 9. Burnette, Osnab.4.3 
 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. Henry, Hannover1.1 
 10. Fuller, Crailsheim1.1 


Bryan Bailey (Artland Dragons) I Have Been To The Final 4 Two Times With Artland And Would Like To Make It Back For A Third Time - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

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

Congrats on the 91-87 win against Ratiopharm Ulm. How much energy did this win cost the team with the cup game against Alba Berlin only 4 days away?

It was a difficult game that came down to the last quarter. I think we will still have high energy for the game against Alba.

The Artland Dragons had the 48-43 lead at halftime. What was significant for the 5 point lead at halftime?

We were making shots. We shot well from the field in the first half.

The third quarter was tight, but Artland was able to take off in the fourth quarter and survive Ratiopharm Ulm cutting the lead to only 4 points. What was key in the fourth quarter for the win?

The key was that we held them to one shot and made them take difficult shots in the fourth quarter.

How important was it controlling big John Bryant? He seemed not to be able to find a groove?

It was definitely important to control him. He is an important player for them and we were able to keep him off the boards and get him into foul trouble.

What do you like most about the game of German national player Per Guenther?

I like that he is able to attack the basket at anytime. It's hard to stay in front of him because of his quickness.

How pumped up are the Artland Dragons for the cup game against Alba Berlin? This is your first do or die game of the season?

I think we are ready for the game. I've been to the final four two times with Artland and would like to make it back for a third time.

Alba Berlin has a very strong rotation, but at this point of the season it seems like Allen and Jenkins are the two key players to shut down?

Alba is a very deep team and have strong players at each position. We can not just focus on two players, but on their whole team. They play well together and have plenty of scorers.

What will be key in reaching the TOP 4 in Bamberg?

As always, I think our defensive focus is going to be key.

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

I would check out the commercials.

What is one of your alltime favorite Super Bowl commericals?

I would have to say the Jordan and Bird McDonald's commercial.

Thanks Bryan for the chat.


Gordon Herbert (Deutsche Bank Skyliners)We Have A Lot Of Respect For The Telekom Baskets Bonn And Will Have To Play Good One On One Defense - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Gordon Herbert is in his fifth season as coach of the Deutsche Bank Skyliners. After having a playing career from 1981-1994, he turned coach in 1996 coaching Honka (Finland) until 1999. He then coached Oberwart (Austria) from 1999-2000. In 2000-2001, he had his first coaching job in Germany for DJK S. Oliver Wurzburg. He then coached the Opel Frankfurt Skyliners from 2001-2004. He then coached Paris Basket Racing (France-ProA) from 2004-2006. In 2006-2007, he coached Elan Bearnais Pau-Orthez (France-ProA). In 2007-2008, he coached ArisThessaloniki (Greece-A1). In 2008-2009, he was assistant coach for the NBA Toronto Raptors. Last season, he started with Espoo Playboys (Finland-Korisliiga), left in Jan.'10, in Apr.'10 moved to Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-1.Bundesliga). Some coaching awards/achievements in his coaching career have been All-Austrian Bundesliga Coach of the Year -00, Head Coach: German Bundesliga All-Star Game -02, 04, German Bundesliga Cup Finalist -02, 04, Coach Assistant: Canadian National Team -02, World Championships in Indianapolis (USA) -02, German Bundesliga Champion -04, Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Coach of the Year -05, Head Coach: Georgian National Team -05-06, French Cup Winner -07, Greek League All-Star Game -08, Greek Cup Semifinals -08, Finnish Cup Winner -09, 10, German Bundesliga Finalist -10, Head Coach: Finnish U18 National Team -10, and European Championships U18 Division B in Israel -10 (Silver). Eurobasket spoke to Gordon Herbert about basketball.

Why dont most teams come to terms with the Bamberg clock work offense?


Bamberg have been together for a while and run the same plays very well. The two new players Hines and Terry have come into the team and have gotten better. The team is playing better and they get better simply because they make each other better. You also have to give them credit because they execute very well on offense.

Why couldnt The Deutsche Bank Skyliners find a way to get by the pesky and aggressive Bamberg defense


Bamberg is the best defensive team in the BEKO BBL: In the first quarter, Bamberg was able to take us out of things including our half court offense. They played very well together and each guy was ready to help each other.


How much does a loss like this annoy Dashaun Wood? Will he get even stronger from an experience like this?


Not only Dashaun will get better, but each player will get better from a loss like this. The team has to learn from this and get better.

Tonight is the do or die game against The Telekom Baskets Bonn in cup play. How has the preparation been coming along?



We had two practices Monday. The great thing is that we can come back quickly after the loss to Bamberg and play before our home crowd again. We are ready for the challenge and I am confident that the team will play a lot better against Bonn.

Is it an advantage for Bonn to come to Frankfurt after a big win in Berlin?


Bonn had struggled recently, but played very well in Berlin. That win will give them a lot of confidence and we will have our hands full and we will need a good effort from each player.

What will be key for getting a win against The Telekom Baskets Bonn and reach the Top 4 in Bamberg?


We have to control Wise, Campbell and Hunt, because they all can shoot and create their own shot. They can also hit the three pointer. we also have to take away their post game. We have a lot of respect for Bonn and will have to play good one on one defense.

Which Skyliner improved the most in the first half of the season?


It is really hard to pick one player who has improved the most. Every guy has improved. De Mello has improved, Nolte has taken big steps and Wood is always getting better. We try to develop players so that they make the team better. assistant coach Klaus Perwass also has done a good job trying to get the players better.

I love the play of Kimmo Muurinen. why dont we see more players like him in the BEKO BBL?


Kimmo is very unique that brings a lot of energy. He is a good defender and does a lot of things that you dont see on the stat sheet. We are very lucky and happy to have him.

How have you developed as a coach since your BEKO BBL title in 2004?


I would hope that I got better as a coach. Since I left, I coached in the Euroleague twice and was an assistant coach in the NBA. I have been fortunate being in good situations and just gaining more experience.

You were assistant coach with The Toronto Raptors from 2008-2009. What will you never forget from this experience?



I was able to work with Italian big man Andrea Bargnani. Just being able to be part of a first class organization like the Toronto Raptirs is unforgetable. Being able to travel so much, the way we were treated and the great facilities made it feel like being in another world.

You were also a professional basketball player. What were you able to take with you from your playing days to help you as a coach?



Since I was a player, that helps me as a coach relate to the players. As a coach I need to know that there are the same rules for the 10-14 individuals. As a coach, you also must be able to treat players differently according to how each player reacts physiologically.

You helped develop Chris Williams into a top BEKO BBL player in your first tenure in Frankfurt. Were you disappointed that he went for the money instead of for the Euroleague?


He developed well in Frankfurt and also played in Turkey, but the money was to good to pass up in China and Korea so he took it. He had offers that he couldnt turn down.

Was your heart beating for the Green Bay Packers or were you neutral?


I was more neutral. I follow the NFL, but I couldnt see the game because it was too late. It was interesting to see that Green Bay won and that they were able to manage winning on the road 3 times to reach the Super Bowl.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?



Bull Durham with Kevin Costner.

Thanks coach for the chat.




Germany U16 improved to 3-1 record in Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Germany U16 improved to 3-1 record in Turkey as they won and lost over the last two days. Turkey U16 won its third straight game at home defeating Germany U16 71:61. The hosts started with 24-9 and added 14-13 in the second frame. Germany meanwhile responded with 16-14 in the third quarter and came close to 10 points after 23-19 in the last stanza. Cedi Osman and Metecan Birsen scored 14 points each to keep the hosts undefeated, while Ayberk Guleryz nailed 11. Gavin Schilling answered with 15 points in the losing effort, whilst Ismet Akpinar (G-95) posted 12.
In Day 4 one of the top games and the most interesting games was played between Germany and Russia. The German side needed 80:77 win to tie both records at 3-1. Russia started with 22-21, while both teams nailed 16 points each in the second period. Another third quarter brought 19-19 and only one point separated the teams. In the last one Germany however grabbed 24-20 and won the game by three points. Ismet Akpinar stepped up with 28 points for the German team and Janis Stielow (189-G/F-95) added 17. Vasily Martynov erupted with 30 points in the losing case, while Viacheslav Fedorchenko (188-G-95) netted 20.




Kevin Hamilton (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) Pregame Thoughts To BEKO BBL Cup Game Against The EWE Baskets Oldenburg February 9th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross) is a 26 year old 193cm guard from Queens Village, New York. This season, he is playing for The New York Phantoms Braunschweig. He played at Holy Cross from 2002-2006 and played together with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 17.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg, 3.3spg, FG: 38.1%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 77.7%. In his rookie season 2006-2007, he came to Europe and played in Poland for Polpak Swiecie playing 19 games and averaging 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), 2FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 64.2%. In 2007-2008, he played in France for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB) playing 2 games and averaging 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg. He also had a short tenure in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. In 2008-2009, he returned back to Poland to play for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg playing 32 games averaging 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.4apg), Steals-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 66.5%. He was not lazy in the last three summers staying in game shape and playing in Puerto Rico playing 90 games. In tue summer of 2009, he played for Indios de Mayaguez playing 35 games and averaging 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg, Assists-3 (6.3apg), Steals-2 (1.7spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 70.6%. His father was a draft pick of The Boston Celtics in 1980. Last season, he played his first season in Braunschweig playing 39 games: 10.1ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), Steals-2 (1.9spg), FGP: 63.7%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 77.6%. He spoke to eurobasket before the cup game against The EWE Baskets Oldenburg February 9th

What are your thoughts on the massive blizzard that is tearing through the States now? Are you kind of happy that you are shacked up in Germany?


I am never happy that I am away from home, but i can do without the blizzard.

How difficult is it coming off the Allstar break then having a game and then right away another longer break? How much does this hurt the rhythm?


I am not sure yet. Sometimes I think it can actually help you because you can re-focus and work on the things you need to as a team so I guess we will see Wednesday.

Braunschweig will play Oldenburg on Wedensday. How focused is the team for reaching the top 4 in Bamberg?



Pretty focused. It is a great opportunity to win a championship.

How important will it be that Braunschweig will have played Oldenburg only a few weeks ago getting the win at home where this game also will be?

I think it is important for both teams because we both see what each other likes to do and what our strengths and weaknesses are.

How dangerous is Oldenburg? They are atype of team that is always unpredictable and still dont seem to have found their 100% rhythm this season?

They are a real dangerous team. They are well coached and have many players who can hurt you in a lot of ways.

Which player is their x-factor and how do you stop him best?

I think it is Louis Campbell and Ricky Paulding because they can explode on any given night , but all their players are capable. The only way to slow them down is with a team effort.

Where will this game be decided in the end?


Rebounding margain and turnovers.

Were you surprised that The Green Bay Packers won. What made the difference?

I didn't get a chance to watch the game but I am not surprised. They were a good team all season.


Thanks Kev for the chat!



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  GREECE   


Christos Deligiannis claims Greek A2 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Christos Deligiannis (204-F-84, agency: FCM) had an amazing evening in the last round for Panelefsiniakos AOK and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 26-year old forward had the game-high 23 points adding three rebounds and three assists for Panelefsiniakos in his team's victory, helping them to crush Periko/Arhelaos (#12, 5-9) with 19-point margin 77-58. Thanks to this victory Panelefsiniakos moved-up to the 4th position in the Greek A2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Panelefsiniakos will need more victories to improve their 9-4 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Deligiannis as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Christos Deligiannis averages this season 8.5ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 34-year old center Apost Koutroulias (206-C-76) of Olimpiada. Koutroulias impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Olimpiada lost that game 79-86 to the lower-ranked Amyntas Dafnis (#11, 5-8). Olimpiada managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-7 record. Koutroulias is a newcomer at Olimpiada and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Fragiskos Amato (205-F/C-78, agency: FCM) of Near East (#16). Amato showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Amato's great performance Near East lost 68-72 to the higher-ranked Ikaroi Serron (#3, 9-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Near East can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 3-10 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Amato he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Amato has individually a great season in Greece. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.8rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kostas Kakaroudis (204-C-83) of Ikaroi Serron - 26 points and 6 rebounds
5. Babis Samothrakis (189-G-83) of Amyntas Dafnis - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Vageli Margaritis (202-F/C-82) of KAOD - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Kostas Tsotsos (205-F/C-83) of Olimpiada - 21 points and 8 rebounds
8. Savvas Kaberidis (187-G-78) of Ikaroi Serron - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-F/C-83) of AEK/Argous - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Giannis Kakiouzis (205-F-78) of Lavrio - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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


AEK land Flinder Boyd - by Eurobasket News
AEK Athens bolstered their backcourt. They have agreed on terms of contract with Flinder Boyd (180-G-80, college: Dartmouth). The US-British guard started the season in Prievidza in Slovakia. He averaged 10.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. The team folded in the middle of the season and the guard became a free agent. Last season Flinder Boyd played for Ourense in Spain. The 30-year-old guard tallied 5.4 points, 1.9 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game in LEB Gold. Flinder Boyd plays for Great Britain National Team. He participated at the 2011 EuroBasket Qualifications. Boyd notched 2.9 points and 1.4 assists per game for Great Britain.


End of season for Panagiotis Vasilopoulos - by George Fragkos
The misfortune of Panagiotis Vasilopoulos (202-F-84, agency: FCM) never ends. Hardly had he begun finding himself and playing according to his abilities and a new injury obligates him to stay another very long period away from the courts. The Greek forward of Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus has sustained a very serious knee-injury and he has to undergo a new surgery. This means that the season for him is over and if his recovery goes as his doctors wish, he will be able to play again after at least six months.

Vasilopoulos is extremely unlucky because he had just returned after a very long absence because of an also very serious waist-injury, which kept him inactive for a long time too. Besides, his coach Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ) was really disappointed when he heard the news, as he was counting on Vasilopoulos's return to strengthen even more his front line.



Greek A1 round 16 best performance: Lazaros Papadopoulos - by Eurobasket News
Naturalized Russian center Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for PAOK Thessaloniki, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Aris (#7, 8-8) 79-74. PAOK maintains the 4th position in Russian A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. PAOK will need more victories to improve their 9-7 record. It's Papadopoulos' second year at PAOK and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Lazaros Papadopoulos has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 7.5rpg) and averages impressive 57.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 22-year old American Deon Thompson (203-F-88) of Ikaros Kallitheas. Thompson had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Ikaros was edged by the higher-ranked Marousi (#3, 10-6) 81-77. Ikaros is still in a red zone at 10th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-9 record. Thompson is a newcomer at Ikaros, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.6ppg (#6). He also registered 9.1 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Pat Kalathis (208-G/F-85) of VAP Kolossos Rodou (#6). Kalathis scored 18 points and grabbed eighteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Kalathis' great performance VAP Kolossos lost 70-74 to slightly higher-ranked Kavala (#5, 9-7). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing VAP Kolossos needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 8 victories and 8 lost games. Kalathis has a great season in Greece. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.3ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 8.9rpg (4th best). Pat Kalathis has also Greek passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Branko Jorovic (205-F-81) of Kavala - 24 points and 3 rebounds
5. Rawle Marshall (201-G-82) of PAOK - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Dalibor Bagaric (217-C-80) of Marousi - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Alexis Kiritsis (198-G-82) of Ilysiakos - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Torin Francis (210-F-83) of Panellinios - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Cedric Simmons (206-F/C-86) of Kavala - 8 points and 16 rebounds
10. Nestor Kommatos (203-F-77) of Marousi - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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  HOLLAND   


Best players of Dutch DBL round 25 - by Eurobasket News
American Geoff McDermott (203-F-87, agency: Interperformances) had an amazing evening in the last round for Magixx KidsRights Nijmegen and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 23 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Eiffel Towers (#3, 17-7) 89-82. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Magixx maintains the 4th position in Dutch DBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Magixx will need more victories to improve their 16-9 record. It was one of impressive evenings for McDermott as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Providence College graduate has very impressive stats this year. McDermott is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 9.7rpg) and averages solid 2.4spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American forward Tim Blue (205-F-84) of WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom. Blue impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead Giants to another comfortable win 78-60 over slightly lower-ranked ABC (#8, 9-16) being unquestionably team leader. Giants' 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-15 record. Blue is a newcomer at Giants 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 15.2ppg (#6). He also registered 7.1 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was international forward Patrick Hilliman (206-F/C-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy) of Rotterdam Challengers (#10). Hilliman scored 19 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Hilliman's great performance Rotterdam lost 72-76 to the higher-ranked BS Weert (#6, 11-14). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Rotterdam can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 1-24 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Hilliman he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Hilliman has individually a great season in Holland. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.6ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 9.8rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Monta McGhee (198-F-79) of ZZ Leiden - 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Julien Mills (193-G/F-85) of Eiffel Towers - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Robbie Sihota (198-F-87) of Rotterdam - 17 points and 13 rebounds
7. Donte Minter (203-F/C-84) of BS Weert - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Glenn Stokes (170-G-76) of BS Weert - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Stefan Wessels (203-F-84) of Eiffel Towers - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Julien Mills (193-G/F-85) of Eiffel Towers - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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  HUNGARY   


Rodgers' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old guard Chris Rodgers (193-G-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Salgotarjani and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
He had a double-double of 32 points and 14 rebounds, while his team lost the game against Falco-Szova (#8, 9-10) 90-98. Salgotarjani is placed at 13th position in Hungarian league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 17 games and recorded just one victory. Rodgers just recently signed at Salgotarjani, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Chris Rodgers averages this season 18.8ppg, 8.8rpg and 5.5apg.

Second best performed player last round was Jara Doyne (193-G/F-84) of Falco-Szova. He is American swingman in his first season at Falco-Szova. In the last game Doyne recorded impressive 31 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course Falco-Szova cruised to a 98-90 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Salgotarjani (#13, 1-17). Falco-Szova's 8th position in has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-10 record. Doyne is a newcomer at Falco-Szova and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.0ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 5.2rpg and 3.1apg.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87, agency: Impact Basketball) of league's second-best Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar. Crocker got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for five rebounds and six assists. He was a key player of Albacomp, leading his team to a 111-70 easy win against the lower-ranked Szedeak (#12, 6-13). Albacomp is closer and closer to the top of the standings in . They will still need more victories. But 16-3 record is not that bad... Crocker has a very solid season. In 18 games in Hungary he scored 15.9ppg. He also has 4.1rpg, 2.2spg and FGP: 55.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Yves Mekongo (201-F-87) of FS Debrecen - 30 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Darian Townes (208-F/C-84) of Soproni - 17 points and 22 rebounds
6. Lorenzo Williams (191-G-84) of ZTE KK - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 11 assists
7. Chris Rodgers (193-G-84) of Salgotarjani - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Ivory Clark (198-F-85) of Szolnok - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Rashad Bell (201-F-82) of Kormend - 22 points and 4 rebounds
10. Obie Trotter (186-G-84) of Szolnok - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 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)


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. Trotter, Szolnok2.7 
 5. Czigler, Marso-Va.2.7 
 6. Williams, ZTE K.2.5 
 7. Singletary, FS Debre.2.4 
 8. Kaman, ZTE K.2.4 
 9. Sales, Atomeromu2.4 
 10. Clark, Szolnok2.4 
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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Keflavik bring in Andrija Ciric - by Eurobasket News
Keflavik added depth to their backcourt. They have agreed on terms of contract with Andrija Ciric (199-G-80, agency: BeoExcell). The Serbian guard started the season in AEL in Cyprus. The guard averaged 10.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. Andrija Ciric left the team in November. Last season the guard played in Poland. He notched 10.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists for PBG Basket. Andrija Ciric made it into Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League 1st Team in 2008 while playing for Falco Szombathely. The guard also played in Serbia, Bosnia, Belgium and Ukraine. Andrija Ciric is expected to appear on court on Thursday when Keflavik host Fjolnir.


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  INDIA   


J D Walsh on Indian Basketball an Interview - by M. Rajalingam
He has worked as a basketball trainer for hundreds of players including former and current NBA and WNBA players Shay Doron, Troy Murphy, and Smush Parker. He started JD Walsh Basketball School, or JDBASKETBALL School, in 1998 in Great Neck, NY to teach local kids in the New York metro area the fundamentals of basketball. He has conducted over 75 camps in cities such as Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Midnapore, Mumbai, New Delhi,Pune, Patiala, and Trivandrum for over 5,000 Indian youth. He has conducted clinics for eight State Basketball Associations in addition to coaches clinics for Kolkatas West Bengal Basketball Association, Punes Fergusson College, Tamil Nadu Basketball Association, and the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu.
This interview happened with JD Walsh, on his visit to Chennai for conducting coaching camp organized by Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu. He shared his views and opinions regarding Indian basketball and sports administration in basketball:

Me with the Famous Basketball Coach JD Walsh
Rajalingam: Whats your opinion about basketball in Chennai?
J D Walsh: Chennai can be called as the basketball capital of India. There is still untapped talent in this city. I would say SDAT is a professional state sports authorities in India. The womens players are getting better in Chennai.



Rajalingam: What are the ways of promoting the game in India?
J D Walsh: You have to bring in the basketball culture in the country. There should be a professional league in place. Still much of the market is fragmented, and it has to be cemented together.


Rajalingam: What do you think about women basketball players in India?
J D Walsh: Womens performance has been improving in the recent period. More emphasis is give to women here. Players like Shiba Maggon, Divya and Aparna Gosh are live example sof this scenario


Rajalingam: What is your opinion on taking Basketball as a profession and the level of game in India?
J D Walsh: There should be more incentives for playing the game. More money is needed to promote and develop the game. Its the fastest growing game in Asia. Its the No.1 game in Philippines and China. It might take another 10 years for the same thing to happen in India.


Rajalingam: How do you think, basketball ca be made more media friendly?
J D Walsh: The game should be packaged well and should be made more interesting. The medias news requirements is are not properly rendered. Stories should be unique and different for gaining media attention.


Rajalingam: Do you support the Alternate formats like 3 on 3 and corporate tournaments?
J D Walsh: It can be used for corporate teams. Team bonding is lacking in India, These events can also be used as a tool to build the character of the employees.


Rajalingam: Whats the state of Basketball infrastructure in the country and your views?
J D Walsh: It should catch up as a wildfire. Every municipality should have a basketball court. And people should remember basketball is an indoor game and not an outdoor game altogether.


Rajalingam: How do you compare the Indian system with the American system?
J D Walsh: Indian system is completely different from the US system. In these 4 years, I have seen good improvement. You cant help those people who always complain, because the complaining attitude I inbuilt in the people.


Rajalingam: Is the game getting more professional in India?
J D Walsh: With the recent IMG-Reliance tie-up, BFI is growing up as a money-rich professional organization. With this money, they can hire more professionals which obviously is good for the game. BFI secretary, Harish Sharma is really doing a good job in developing the game in India.


Rajalingam: How more basketball talent can be developed in India?
J D Walsh: Incentives are missing here, for the players to take up the game. The college scholarships are one way to motivate the players to play the game. Professional leagues should be in place for bringing in more players into the game.




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  IRAN   


Iran celebrated the first win in Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Iran celebrated the first win in Turkey and played even great with the group leader. Iran U16 grabbed the first win at the International Tournament for U16 teams in Turkey as they handed 62:50 loss to Georgia U16. Iran opened the game with 18-8, but Georgia had massive 29-8 in the second period. The third period became a disaster for Georgia that could not score a point, losing 0-19 in the frame. Iran added 17-13 in the last frame for the final success. Vahid Dalrizahan paced all the winners with 21 points and 15 rebounds, while Alireza Mortazavi scored 10. Sandro Bolkvadze ended up with 18 points and 8 rebounds in defeat and Nugzar Abuladze followed him with 12.
China U16 beat Iran U16 74:51 to take 4-0 record in Group B. It was a tough start as China managed to take only 14-13 lead after the first 10 minutes, while later they produced 21-9 in the second period. China won also the third and the last quarters to remain undefeated. Jiwei Zhao paced all the winners with 14 points and Ning Pan posted 13. Vafa Sabetrasekhi ended up with 18 points for Iran and Vahagan Gharibian had 13.




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  IRELAND   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Clayton LONGMIRE
  Belfast Star
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 29.9
 1. Longmire, Belfast .29.9 
 2. Bonaparte, Neptune27.8 
 3. Foley, Ulster Elks25.0 
 4. Mitchell, UL Ea.24.2 
 5. Van, UCC Demons24.0 
 6. Crowder, UCD M.22.5 
 7. Turner, Killester22.5 
 8. De La Cruz, Ulster E.22.4 
 9. Ambler, Moycullen21.5 
 10. O''Reilly, UCC D.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron MITCHELL
  UL Eagles
  (201-F/C-88)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Mitchell, UL Ea.14.7 
 2. Van, UCC Demons13.8 
 3. Ambler, Moycullen13.1 
 4. De La Cruz, Ulster E.12.7 
 5. Turner, Killester10.5 
 6. Crowder, UCD M.10.5 
 7. Provizors, DCU S.9.8 
 8. Bonaparte, Neptune9.4 
 9. Longmire, Belfast .9.2 
 10. Trimmer, DCU S.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UL Eagles
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Kinevane, UL Eagles7.4 
 2. Donnelly, DCU S.5.7 
 3. Meany, UCD Marian5.2 
 4. Drumm, Ulster Elks5.0 
 5. Noonan, Neptune4.3 
 6. Westbrooks, Killester3.4 
 7. Crowder, UCD M.3.2 
 8. Turner, Killester3.2 
 9. Foley, Ulster Elks3.2 
 10. Clarke, Killester3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Michael MCGINN
  Neptune
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. McGinn, Neptune3.4 
 2. Noonan, Neptune2.8 
 3. Donnelly, DCU S.2.6 
 4. Nihill, Moycullen2.3 
 5. Westbrooks, Killester2.3 
 6. Darling, DCU Saints2.3 
 7. Drumm, Ulster Elks2.2 
 8. Lacey, DCU Saints2.2 
 9. Turner, Killester2.2 
 10. Crowder, UCD M.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  UCC Demons
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Van, UCC Demons2.5 
 2. Baynes, UCD Marian2.4 
 3. Turner, Killester2.2 
 4. Bonaparte, Neptune2.2 
 5. Trimmer, DCU S.2.0 
 6. Longmire, Belfast .1.9 
 7. De La Cruz, Ulster E.1.7 
 8. Ambler, Moycullen1.0 
 9. Crowder, UCD M.0.9 
 10. Mitchell, UL Ea.0.8 


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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. Lenardon, Massafra3.6 
 5. Virgilio, Rieti3.6 
 6. Gnaccarini, Senig.3.5 
 7. Tomasiello, Comsum.3.4 
 8. Parente, Moncalieri3.2 
 9. Basanisi, Massafra3.1 
 10. Bushati, Brescia3.1 
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. Candido, Ferentino1.1 
 5. Capitanelli, Pales.1.1 
 6. Biligha, ASD Pavia1.1 
 7. Raminelli, Castelle.1.1 
 8. Basei, Ostuni1.0 
 9. Pozzi, Molfetta0.9 
 10. Crow, Brescia0.8 


Giancarlo Sacco is the new head coach of Casalpusterlengo - by Antonello Varallo
After the defeat against San Severo, UCC Assigeco Casalputerlengo management has decided to fire coach Marco Calvani.
The new coach of the team (that now has a record of 7/12) is a veteran of Italian Leagues: Giancarlo Sacco.
54 years old, Sacco began his career in the 80's with Scavolini Pesaro, reaching 9 finals between Italy and Europe. During his very long career, he coached Livorno, Trapani, Cantu and during last two seasons Rimini.


Dejan Musli loaned to Montegranaro - by Eurobasket News
Caja Laboral sent Dejan Musli (214-C-91) on loan to Fabi Shoes Montegranaro. The 19-year-old centre averaged 0.5 points and 1.0 board per Euroleague game this season. He also tallied 1.2 points and 0.8 boards per game in ACB. Dejan Musli played at the U20 European Championship last summer. The centre averaged 12.0 points, 8.4 boards, 1.4 blocks and 1.0 steal for Serbia.


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  JAPAN   


Newton's double-double lands him BJ League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old center Jeff Newton (205-C-81) put on an amazing game in the last round for Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa and receives a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 31.
He had a double-double of 23 points and 20 rebounds, while his team beat Sendai 89ers (#2, 17-11) 81-70. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Okinawa GK is placed at 3rd position in Japanese BJ League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Okinawa GK will need more victories to improve their 18-12 record. Newton has many years of experience at Okinawa GK, through which he has constantly improved. Indiana University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Newton is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 11.1rpg) and averages solid 1.6bpg.

Second best performed player last round was Reggie Golson (201-F-81, agency: Court Side) of Shimane Susanoo Magic. He is American forward in his first season at Shimane. In the last game Golson recorded impressive double-double of 26 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he lead Shimane to another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked Shiga Lakestars (#1, 19-11) 104-77. Shimane's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-18 record. Golson is a newcomer at Shimane and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Lawrence Blackledge (203-F-86) of league's second-best Osaka Evessa. Blackledge scored 29 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Osaka Evessa, leading his team to a 84-72 win against #4 ranked Fukuoka Rizing in a game of the week. Osaka Evessa needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 19 victories and 11 lost games. Blackledge has a very solid season. In 30 games in Japan he scored 9.9ppg. He also has 7.0rpg, 2.0bpg and FGP: 59.6%. Blackledge attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brian Harper (208-F/G-85) of Toyama Grouses - 21 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Brandon Cole (203-F-84) of Miyazaki - 24 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Kenny Satterfield (188-G-81) of Saitama Bron. - 36 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Forrest Fisher (193-G-84) of Shimane - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Byron Eaton (180-G-86) of Tokyo Apache - 24 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Elijah Palmer (201-F-81) of Miyazaki - 19 points and 11 rebounds
10. Taishiro Shimizu (183-G-81) of Miyazaki - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists

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


Japanese JBL round 28 best performance: Charles O'Bannon - by Eurobasket News
American forward Charles O'Bannon (198-F-75) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Toshiba Brave Thunders, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 35-year old player had a double-double of 19 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat Tochigi Brex (#6, 10-18) 86-77. Toshiba maintains the 4th position in Japanese JBL. Toshiba is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 14-14 record. O'Bannon turned to be Toshiba's top player in his first season with the team. Former Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles star has very solid stats this year. O'Bannon is in league's top in points (9th best: 14.9ppg), rebounds (6th best: 7.5rpg) and averages impressive 51.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old former international center Fumihiko Aono (210-C-78) of league's second-best Panasonic Trians. Aono had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Panasonic to edge the lower-ranked Hokkaido (#8, 8-20) 75-70. Panasonic's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 19-9 record is not bad at all. Aono is one of the most experienced players at Panasonic and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international center Joji Takeuchi (206-C-85) of Hitachi Sunrockers (#5). Takeuchi showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, fifteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Hitachi Sunrockers, leading his team to a 66-57 win against slightly lower-ranked Mitsubishi (#7, 9-19). The chances of Hitachi Sunrockers ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Takeuchi could help Hitachi Sunrockers to bring them higher in the standings. Takeuchi has a great season in Japan. After 28 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 13.7ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 12.2rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Philip Ricci (202-F-80) of Toyota - 10 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) of Aishin - 14 points and 11 rebounds
6. Yuta Tabuse (173-G-80) of Tochigi Brex - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Fumio Nishimura (177-G-86) of Hitachi S. - 16 points and 2 rebounds
8. Takayuki Kumagai (190-F-85) of Toyota - 8 points and 6 rebounds
9. Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) of Tochigi Brex - 30 points and 4 rebounds
10. Kenta Hirose (193-G-85) of Panasonic - 10 points, 6 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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  JUCO   


Playoff Push for Schoolcraft College - by Eurobasket
We will have to play tough and regroup for Pink Zone Night, said Randy Henry. The Schoolcraft College mens team lost at home to Delta College in a hard fought and tight game, 86-83. It came down to the last minute of play. Coach Randy Henry added after the game, Karl Moore brought us close. We are learning to win; we are right on the edge of busting loose. I am seeing a real pattern of growth. We had heart today, just not enough foul shot conversions.
The Schoolcraft College men next take on Oakland CC, Wednesday, February 9th at 7:30 PM for Pink Zone Night. The evening, with added attractions is a benefit for Breast Cancer Awareness. Even the referees are joining in with pink whistles.
Schoolcraft College (8-14) had previously traveled to Northern Michigan but suffered a setback to Kirtland Community College, 105-74. Every member of the host Firebirds (16-6) scored. It was an important Michigan Community College Athletic Association East Conference rival game. National Junior College Athletic Association District Playoffs start March 1.
The Ocelots were also coming off a tough loss at home against Mott Community College, 91-61. Mott CC (19-2) was ranked fourth in the country. Schoolcraft had no answer for the highflying and athletic Doug Anderson. The 66 sophomore forward had 15 points with limited playing time and three spectacular alley-oops.
Longtime Mott CC coach Steve Schmidt rotated his whole team and kept the pressure on Schoolcraft. Schmidt who was enshrined into the NJCAA Hall of Fame this past year was pleased with guard Demetrius Miller's 18 points and the hustle of center Leviante Davis. Davis interchanged as guard, center and forward. The big-guy sparkled by even pressing on defense.
The Ocelots were without leading scorer, Karl Moore, who had an ankle injury. Point-guard Mohamed Elhaj and sophomore guard Ron Pummill got limited action because of injuries also.
Freshman Daniel Hill paced the Ocelots with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Anthony Nash chipped in with 15 points.
Zachary Childress contributed 11 points, while Lydell Mason grabbed nine rebounds. Schoolcraft had 25 turnovers mostly because of a swarming Mott CC defense.
Mott is ranked fourth in the country in the latest NJCAA Division II national poll. According to Coach Smith, the highly recruited Davis is still uncommitted for his next level of collegiate play.

NEXT at HOME from the Schoolcraft Connection
The Schoolcraft College Television Network will broadcast next on February 7th at 7:30 PM. It will be Pink Zone Night, against Oakland CC. Oakland CC (13-7) is coached by former University of Michigan hoopster, Antoine Joubert. Proceeds will benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. A special collectors tee-shirt will be available for purchase. Join Pete Krupsky and Raymond Rolak courtside for all the action and game calls. Check listings for times and encore dates. more at www.schoolcraft.edu

RJ Rolak


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  KAZAKHSTAN   


Paulius Morkeliunas and Vilius Gabsys join Astana Tigers - by Eurobasket News
The Kazakh defending champions Astana Tigers strengthened their roster. They added two Lithuanian player to the squad. These are Paulius Morkeliunas (201-F-85, college: LIU Brooklyn) and Vilius Gabsys (199-F-79, agency: Court Side).
Paulius Markeliunas started the season in Aisciai Kaunas. He tallied 7.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in Baltic League. In LKL the 25-year-old forward averaged 7.5 points, 4.4 boards and 1.3 assists per appearance. Paulius Morkeliunas participated at the 2009 World Universiade together with Lithuania. He posted 6.1 points, 4.4 boards and 1.0 steal in Serbia.
Vilius Gabsys tipped off the current season in Mazeikiai in Lithuanian NKL. His stats read 15.3 points, 5.5 boards and 1.7 assists per game. The 31-year-old forward also had stints in Israel, Germany, Belgium, Estonia, Poland, Switzerland and Austria.



Barsy Atyrau stay undefeated in D1 action - by Eurobasket News
Barsy Atyrau claimed the ninth straight win in D1 championship. They fired past cross-town rivals Atyrau 81:51. Vasili Savchenko (188-G-87) came up with 14 points to lead the league leaders. Barsy surged ahead early in the encounter. They posted a 23:17 lead after ten minutes. The hosts stormed to a 51:25 halftime lead. Barsy never slowed down in the second half and rolled to a comfortable win at the end. Mikhail Evstigneev (202-F/C-84) delivered 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Anton Kotenko (191-G/F-84) answered with game-high 20 points Atyrau as they slipped at 2-6 record.
In the meantime Astana Tigers claimed a 64:59 win over Tobol. The victory propelled the Astana team to the second position in the ladder. They now enjoy 7-3 record, while Tobol slipped at 6-4. Vilius Gabsys (199-F-79, agency: Court Side) stepped up with 16 points and 6 rebounds to pace the winners. Paulius Morkeliunas (201-F-85, college: LIU Brooklyn) added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers. Pavel Mikheev (200-F-83) answered with 20 points and 10 rebounds for Tobol.



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  LATVIA   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja22.1 
 2. Wilson, Zemgale16.1 
 3. Willjam, Barons15.9 
 4. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs15.5 
 5. Veselovs, Valmiera15.4 
 6. Bergmanis, Zemgale15.4 
 7. Stimac, Ventspils15.0 
 8. Berzins, VEF R.14.9 
 9. Mitchell, Liepaja14.9 
 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. Strelnieks, Ventspils5.9 
 10. Veselovs, Valmiera5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja4.9 
 2. Bertans, VEF R.4.5 
 3. Gabrans, Valmiera4.3 
 4. Strelnieks, Ventspils4.2 
 5. Willjam, Barons4.1 
 6. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.8 
 7. Gailitis, VEF R.3.5 
 8. Mitchell, Liepaja3.4 
 9. Feldmanis, Barons3.4 
 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. Strelnieks, Ventspils1.9 
 5. Gailitis, VEF R.1.9 
 6. Cavars, Barons1.8 
 7. Motivans, Turiba1.6 
 8. Slisans, LU1.6 
 9. Bertans, VEF R.1.5 
 10. Berzins, VEF R.1.5 
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. Brunins, Zemgale0.9 
 7. Meiers, Liepaja0.9 
 8. Piternieks, LU0.8 
 9. Blaus, Ventspils0.8 
 10. Kuzminskas, Ventspils0.8 


Standings - LBAL
LBL D2 Standings
 1. Jurmala 14-2 
 2. Ventspils Aug. 12-3 
 3. Ogre 11-3 
 4. Saldus 10-4 
 5. Zemgale/Jun. 9-7 
 6. Gulbene 8-6 
 7. Daugava 7-9 
 8. BAA Riga 6-7 
 9. Liepaja-2 5-9 
 10. Ridzene 3-12 
 11. Livani 1-12 
 12. VEF Kadeti 1-13 


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  LEBANON   


Jean Abed El Nour leads Riyadi past Jeish - by Eurobasket News
Jeish - Riyadi 87:94

Riyadi claimed the first win in the WABA League quarterfinal series. They knocked down Jeish in Damascus to surge ahead. Riyadi will now host Jeish in Beirut on February 21. Jean Abed El Nour (197-G/F-83, agency: Pro Management Agency) unleashed 30 points to lead the Lebanese team to the victory.
Riyadi spurred in front right from the beginning. They posted a 22:19 lead after ten minutes of action. Jeish managed to slow their opponents down in the second period. They trailed by three points at halftime. Riyadi however stepped on the gas once again in the third term. They knocked down 23 points to boost the lead to 7 points with ten minutes to go. Jeish could not recover in the final period as Jean Abed El Nour and Nathanel Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) paced the visitors to the victory.
Nathanel Johnson delivered 25 points for Riyadi. Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) and William Pharis (206-F/C-81, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Arkansas) contributed 14 points each in the win. Nour Al Saman (188-G-78) responded with 23 points for Jeish. Christien Charles (213-F/C-81, college: Villanova) had 20 points and 9 boards in the losing effort.

Jeish: Nour Al Saman 23, Christien Charles 20
Riyadi: Jean Abed El Nour 30, Nathanel Johnson 25, Loren Woods 14, William Pharis 14



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  LITHUANIA   


V.Sulskis put on an amazing game in the NCAA - by Deividas Valiunas
22-year old forward Vytas Sulskis (200-G-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for Youngstown. Vytas Sulskis led the Penguins (8-16, 2-12) with 26 points, matching a career high. Sulskis was perfect in the first half, scoring 20 points on 7-of-7 shooting, including four 3-pointers and a pair of free throws.
Kendrick Perry (182-G) added 16 points for Youngstown State, which has lost seven of its last eight games.In the other side Vaughn Duggins (190-G-87) scored 24 points to lead Wright State to a 74-70 victory over Youngstown State on Monday night. The Raiders (17-9, 10-4 Horizon League) trailed 68-67 with 1:18 left to play when Cole Darling (200-F) knocked down two free throws to give Wright State a 69-68 lead.


Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
 1. Zalgiris 15-0 
 2. Lietuvos Rytas 13-2 
 3. Rudupis 11-4 
 4. Siauliai 9-5 
 5. Juventus 9-6 
 6. Techasas 8-7 
 7. Naglis-Adakris 6-9 
 8. Aiscai Kaunas 6-10 
 9. Nevezis 5-9 
 10. Neptunas 5-9 
 11. Perlas 5-10 
 12. Sakalai 4-11 
 13. Alytus Alita 0-14 


Standings - NKL
NKL Standings
 1. Pieno Zvaigzdes 29-1 
 2. Radviliskis 21-9 
 3. Meresta 20-10 
 4. Mazeikiai 19-11 
 5. Zalgiris-Sabonio 18-12 
 6. LKKA-Atletas 17-13 
 7. Nafta Universitetas 17-13 
 8. Perlas-MRU 15-15 
 9. Triobet Malsta 12-17 
 10. Silute 11-18 
 11. Erelita 11-19 
 12. Delikatesas 10-20 
 13. ABRO-Univ. 9-21 
 14. Akademija 8-22 
 15. Puntukas 7-23 


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Kieza, Juventus18.1 
 2. Dilys, Naglis-Adakris16.4 
 3. Alijevas, Nevezis16.1 
 4. Dimsa, Nevezis15.6 
 5. Viskontas, Perlas15.6 
 6. Juskevicius, Rudupis15.3 
 7. Kazevicius, Alytus A.14.8 
 8. Mikalauskas, Naglis.14.7 
 9. Ruikis, Neptunas14.6 
 10. Volkus, Techasas14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Kieza, Juventus11.3 
 2. Sarakauskas, Siauliai9.8 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.8.5 
 4. Dimsa, Nevezis7.6 
 5. Klimavicius, Zalgiris7.0 
 6. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.9 
 7. Matulis, Sakalai6.9 
 8. Zelionis, Rudupis6.8 
 9. Valukonis, Techasas6.8 
 10. Mikalauskas, Naglis.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rolandas ALIJEVAS
  Nevezis
  (192-G-85)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Alijevas, Nevezis6.6 
 2. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.9 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai5.5 
 4. Juskevicius, Rudupis5.3 
 5. Collins, Zalgiris4.8 
 6. El-Amin, Lietuvos.4.6 
 7. Janavicius, Siauliai4.5 
 8. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris4.3 
 9. Viskontas, Perlas4.3 
 10. Dainys, Rudupis4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Tomas RINKEVICIUS
  Techasas
  (178-G-78)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Rinkevicius, Techasas2.2 
 2. Vasylius, Neptunas2.1 
 3. Razutis, Naglis-A.2.1 
 4. Alijevas, Nevezis1.9 
 5. Valukonis, Techasas1.9 
 6. Ruikis, Neptunas1.9 
 7. Juskevicius, Rudupis1.7 
 8. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris1.7 
 9. Viskontas, Perlas1.7 
 10. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Real Madrid
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.4 
 2. Silinskis, Techasas2.4 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.1.9 
 4. Cresnar, Nevezis1.6 
 5. Klimavicius, Zalgiris1.3 
 6. Volkus, Techasas1.2 
 7. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.1 
 8. Zelionis, Rudupis0.9 
 9. Galdikas, Neptunas0.9 
 10. Kieza, Juventus0.9 


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Vidmantas SRAGAUSKIS
  LKKA-Atletas
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 23
 1. Sragauskis, LKKA-.23.0 
 2. Petraitis, Delikate.21.9 
 3. Vingelis, LKKA-.20.0 
 4. Tarvydas, Puntukas18.3 
 5. Jurkus, Silute17.6 
 6. Sebeziovas, Triobe.17.5 
 7. Mineikis, Radviliskis16.6 
 8. Cizauskas, Zalgir.16.4 
 9. Jacevicius, Perla.16.2 
 10. Vileita, Pieno Z.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vytautas-Edvardas PIKALAVICIUS
  Delikatesas
  (196-F/G-90)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Pikalavicius, Delika.10.6 
 2. Mockevicius, Akade.10.6 
 3. Cepukaitis, Zalgir.10.5 
 4. Oladimeji, Radvilis.9.5 
 5. Brusokas, Perla.8.0 
 6. Nedzinskas, Silute7.8 
 7. Mineikis, Radviliskis7.6 
 8. Kazakauskas, Nafta U.7.3 
 9. Kupsas, Zalgir.7.2 
 10. Pupinis, Erelita7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai6.6 
 2. Vingelis, LKKA-.5.4 
 3. Kuklierius, Radvilis.4.9 
 4. Vasiliauskas, Triobe.4.7 
 5. Sapiega, Erelita4.6 
 6. Cizauskas, Zalgir.4.6 
 7. Leonard, Pieno Z.4.5 
 8. Virsilas, Silute4.1 
 9. Zymantas, Nafta U.4.1 
 10. Kutra, Delikatesas4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai2.9 
 2. Zymantas, Nafta U.2.6 
 3. Petraitis, Delikate.2.6 
 4. Metelica, Erelita2.4 
 5. Vileita, Pieno Z.2.4 
 6. Leonard, Pieno Z.2.4 
 7. Radavicius, Meres.2.3 
 8. Pauliukenas, Akade.2.2 
 9. Sapiega, Erelita2.2 
 10. Jurkus, Silute2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Egidijus MOCKEVICIUS
  Akademija
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Mockevicius, Akade.2.6 
 2. Urbonas, LK.2.0 
 3. Jucikas, Delikatesas1.8 
 4. Kupsas, Zalgir.1.8 
 5. Cepukaitis, Zalgir.1.4 
 6. Pupinis, Erelita1.3 
 7. Ramanauskas, Sil.1.3 
 8. Oladimeji, Radvilis.1.3 
 9. Milinskas, Triobe.0.9 
 10. Zyle, Zalgiris.0.9 


NKL Round 32: Zalgiris-Sabonio wins overtime game against Mazeikiai - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris-Sabonio (18-12) outlasted Mazeikiai (19-11) in overtime by six points 101-95 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 23-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 16-10. Zalgiris-Sabonio outrebounded Mazeikiai 41-29 including a 36-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of center Mindaugas Kupsas (215-C-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and forward Tauras Jogela (200-93) who added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Zalgiris-Sabonio's coach Priit Vene used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Vilius Kazlauskas (185-91) responded with 19 points and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Zalgiris-Sabonio moved-up to fifth place. Mazeikiai at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. Zalgiris-Sabonio's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Kaunas to the arena LKKA-Atletas.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Meresta (20-10) against eighth ranked Perlas-MRU (15-15) on Saturday night. Visiting Meresta was defeated by Perlas-MRU in Vilnius 87-77. The winners were led by forward Karolis Brusokas (200-91) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds and Paulius Semaska supported him with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Even 25 points and 6 assists by guard Saulius Raziulis (183-76, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Meresta. Perlas-MRU maintains eighth position with 15-15 record. Meresta at the other side keeps the third place with ten games lost. Perlas-MRU will play against league's second-placed Radviliskis on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Meresta will play against the league's leader Pieno Zvaigzdes and will have a slim chance for a victory.
NKL top team - Pieno Zvaigzdes (29-1) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat sixth ranked LKKA-Atletas (17-13) in Kaunas 89-77. The best player for the winners was Darius Griskenas who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Sarunas Vingelis produced 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the hosts. LKKA-Atletas' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Pieno Zvaigzdes have an impressive 21-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 29-1 record. LKKA-Atletas lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Nafta Universitetas. Pieno Zvaigzdes will meet at home Meresta (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. LKKA-Atletas' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Kaunas Zalgiris-Sabonio.
The game in Klaipeda was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Radviliskis (21-9) played at the court of 7th ranked Nafta Universitetas (17-13). Radviliskis defeated Nafta Universitetas 66-56. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Nafta Universitetas. Zilvinas Kuklierius orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points. Radviliskis maintains second position with 21-9 record having eight points less than leader Pieno Zvaigzdes. Nafta Universitetas at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 13 games lost. Radviliskis' next round opponent will be Perlas-MRU (#8) in Vilnius where they are favorite. Nafta Universitetas will play on the road against Mazeikiai and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Vilnius where 11th ranked Delikatesas (10-20) was upset on the court of fourteenth ranked Akademija (8-22) 77-70 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Delikatesas. Worth to mention a great performance of Karolis Alekna who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds. Akademija's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Akademija maintains fourteenth position with 8-22 record. Loser Delikatesas dropped to the twelfth place with 20 games lost. Akademija will face higher ranked Erelita-KTU (#11) in Kaunas in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.

In the last two games of round 32 Erelita won against Puntukas on the opponent's court 74-62. ABRO-Univ. outscored Silute in a home game 78-57.


Akademija - Delikatesas 77-70

An interesting game took place in Vilnius where 11th ranked Delikatesas (10-20) was upset on the court of fourteenth ranked Akademija (8-22) 77-70 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Delikatesas. Delikatesas trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 18 after three quarters before a 28-17 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 70-77 at the end of the game. Akademija forced 25 Delikatesas turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Karolis Alekna (183-91) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds and center Egidijus Mockevicius (204-92) who added 13 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Akademija's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Swingman Vytautas-Edvardas Pikalavicius (196-90) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and center Julius Jucikas (205-89) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. Four Delikatesas players scored in double figures. Akademija maintains fourteenth position with 8-22 record. Loser Delikatesas dropped to the twelfth place with 20 games lost. Akademija will face higher ranked Erelita-KTU (#11) in Kaunas in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Akademija: K.Alekna 19+6reb+3ast, O.Olisevicius 16+3reb+1ast, E.Mockevicius 13+11reb, T.Lekunas 8+5reb+4ast, M.Paliukenas 7+5reb+2ast, P.Lescinskas 4+1reb+4ast
Delikatesas: V.Pikalavicius 18+13reb+3ast, J.Jucikas 17+14reb+2ast, Z.Petraitis 16+3reb+1ast, N.Vashakidze 11+7ast, M.Keras 6+9reb+1ast, J.Blazys 2+6reb+1ast
gschID: 120869


Puntukas - Erelita 62-74

Very expected game in Anyksciai where 15th ranked Puntukas (7-23) was defeated by eleventh ranked Erelita-KTU (11-19) 74-62 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Erelita-KTU. Puntukas was better in fourth quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Karolis Pupinis (200-88) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and guard Arturs Pelss (181-87) who added 16 points and 5 assists during the contest. Forward Darius Tarvydas (200-91) responded with 16 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Mindaugas Norkus (200-85) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Erelita-KTU have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain eleventh position with 11-19 record. Puntukas lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 23 lost games. Erelita-KTU will face Akademija (#14) in Vilnius in the next round. Puntukas will play on the road against ABRO-Universitetas in Siauliai and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Erelita: A.Pelss 16+3reb+5ast, K.Pupinis 15+10reb+2ast, R.Cepanonis 11+3reb+1ast, M.Sapiega 10+4reb+3ast, M.Pazera 9+2reb+2ast, M.Lisajevicius 5+2reb+2ast
Puntukas: D.Tarvydas 16+5reb+3ast, M.Norkus 14+7reb+2ast, T.Rinkunas 14+1reb+3ast, V.Volodko 10+7reb, P.Marcic 3+1ast, A.Urbonas 2+2reb
gschID: 121327


Nafta Universitetas - Radviliskis 56-66

The game in Klaipeda was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Radviliskis (21-9) played at the court of 7th ranked Nafta Universitetas (17-13). Radviliskis defeated Nafta Universitetas 66-56. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Nafta Universitetas. Nafta Universitetas was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 29-7 third quarter run of Radviliskis. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Nafta Universitetas to just 7 points in second and third quarters. Radviliskis forced 19 Nafta Universitetas turnovers. Guard Zilvinas Kuklierius (180-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points. Forward Audrius Mineikis (202-77) contributed with 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Julius Kazakauskas (197-90) replied with 9 points and 11 rebounds and guard Deivydas Anuzis (182-92) added 7 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Nafta Universitetas. Radviliskis maintains second position with 21-9 record having eight points less than leader Pieno Zvaigzdes. Nafta Universitetas at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 13 games lost. Radviliskis' next round opponent will be Perlas-MRU (#8) in Vilnius where they are favorite. Nafta Universitetas will play on the road against Mazeikiai and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Radviliskis: Z.Kuklierius 16+4reb+3ast, R.Rauktys 14+1reb+2ast, A.Mineikis 9+5reb+4ast, M.Binza 8+8reb+1ast, A.Oladimeji 7+9reb+2ast, M.Pukinskas 5+4reb+1ast
Nafta Universitetas: M.Girdziunas 14+2reb+2ast, V.Chodosovskis 12+5reb, T.Klimas 10+7reb+1ast, J.Kazakauskas 9+11reb+2ast, D.Anuzis 7+8reb+6ast, D.Norkus 2+3reb
gschID: 120865


Perlas-MRU - Meresta 87-77

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Meresta (20-10) against eighth ranked Perlas-MRU (15-15) on Saturday night. Visiting Meresta was defeated by Perlas-MRU in Vilnius 87-77. It looked good early as Meresta took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Perlas-MRU had a 24-16 second period charge getting the lead and Meresta was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 77-87. They outrebounded Meresta 43-31 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Meresta was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by forward Karolis Brusokas (200-91) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds and guard Paulius Semaska (179-93) supported him with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Even 25 points and 6 assists by guard Saulius Raziulis (183-76, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Meresta. Guard Simonas Slivka (194-86) added 12 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Four Perlas-MRU and five Meresta players scored in double figures. Perlas-MRU maintains eighth position with 15-15 record. Meresta at the other side keeps the third place with ten games lost. Perlas-MRU will play against league's second-placed Radviliskis on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Meresta will play against the league's leader Pieno Zvaigzdes and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Perlas-MRU: T.Padegimas 20+6reb+2ast, K.Brusokas 19+17reb+1ast, P.Semaska 17+9reb+8ast, E.Seskus 15+4reb+1ast, A.Gorskovas 7+2ast, M.Sakalauskas 5+4reb+1ast
Meresta: S.Raziulis 25+4reb+6ast, T.Balciunas 17+2reb+1ast, S.Slivka 12+9reb+1ast, T.Druktenis 11+1reb, L.Radavicius 10+6reb+2ast, M.Kumpis 2+2reb
gschID: 120866


ABRO-Univ. - Silute 78-57

There was a small surprise in Siauliai where thirteenth ranked ABRO-Universitetas (9-21) smashed 10th ranked Silute (11-18) 78-57 on Saturday. The game without a history. ABRO-Universitetas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. ABRO-Universitetas outrebounded Silute 43-29 including 31 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Tomas Miezis (195-91) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and swingman Povilas Rasamavicius (195-87) who added 17 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four ABRO-Universitetas players scored in double figures. Power forward Erikas Kaupaitis (202-84, college: USC Upstate) responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Vytautas Nedzinskas (196-87) scored 17 points. ABRO-Universitetas maintains thirteenth position with 9-21 record. Loser Silute keeps the tenth place with 18 games lost. ABRO-Universitetas will face bottom-ranked Puntukas (#15) in Anyksciai in the next round.
Top scorers:
ABRO-Univ.: T.Miezis 24+2reb+1ast, P.Rasamavicius 17+8reb+2ast, V.Liutych 13+7reb+2ast, A.Kvedaravicius 12+8reb+7ast, A.Gurklys 8+5reb, I.Ramasauskas 4+4reb
Silute: V.Nedzinskas 17+2reb, E.Kaupaitis 13+7reb+1ast, F.Eshon 10+3reb+3ast, E.Ramanauskas 8+8reb, E.Jurkus 5+2reb+1ast, A.Vaitiekus 2+1reb
gschID: 120867


LKKA-Atletas - Pieno Zvaigzdes 77-89

NKL top team - Pieno Zvaigzdes (29-1) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat sixth ranked LKKA-Atletas (17-13) in Kaunas 89-77. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-77. Pieno Zvaigzdes dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to LKKA-Atletas' 32 and made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Pieno Zvaigzdes forced 22 LKKA-Atletas turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Darius Griskenas (194-84) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). American guard Darrick Leonard (188-84, college: Aurora) chipped in 13 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Guard Sarunas Vingelis (192-89) produced 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-86) added 21 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Pieno Zvaigzdes and four LKKA-Atletas players scored in double figures. LKKA-Atletas' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Pieno Zvaigzdes have an impressive 21-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 29-1 record. LKKA-Atletas lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Nafta Universitetas. Pieno Zvaigzdes will meet at home Meresta (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. LKKA-Atletas' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Kaunas Zalgiris-Sabonio.
Top scorers:
Pieno Zvaigzdes: D.Griskenas 18+10reb, G.Vileita 16+1reb+2ast, D.Leonard 13+8reb+4ast, A.Kazlauskas 12+3reb+2ast, Z.Fredrick 11+2reb+2ast, A.Masiulis 10+4reb+2ast
LKKA-Atletas: S.Vingelis 25+6reb+4ast, V.Sragauskis 21+8reb+3ast, T.Urbonas 12+13reb, A.Sakalauskas 10+4reb+3ast, D.Gricius 5+4reb+1ast, R.Matutis 4+2reb
gschID: 120863


Zalgiris-Sabonio - Mazeikiai 101-95 OT

Zalgiris-Sabonio (18-12) outlasted Mazeikiai (19-11) in overtime by six points 101-95 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 23-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 16-10. Zalgiris-Sabonio outrebounded Mazeikiai 41-29 including a 36-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of center Mindaugas Kupsas (215-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and forward Tauras Jogela (200-93) who added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Zalgiris-Sabonio's coach Priit Vene used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Vilius Kazlauskas (185-91) responded with 19 points and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and swingman Marijus Norkus (197-85) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Zalgiris-Sabonio moved-up to fifth place. Mazeikiai at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. Zalgiris-Sabonio's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Kaunas to the arena LKKA-Atletas.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris-Sabonio: M.Kupsas 27+12reb+1ast, E.Ulanovas 18+3reb+2ast, K.Vecvagars 16+5reb+2ast, T.Jogela 15+6reb+6ast, G.Zyle 14+7reb+1ast, P.Sorokas 4+2reb+3ast
Mazeikiai: V.Kazlauskas 19+3reb+6ast, M.Norkus 19+5reb, M.Kumpys 16+4reb+1ast, M.Sidlauskas 14+3reb+5ast, B.Harrison 14+2reb+4ast, J.Warren 7+7reb+4ast
gschID: 120864




JR Inman joins Naglis - by Eurobasket News
Naglis brought in another import player. They signed a deal with Jr Inman (206-F-87, college: Rutgers). The 23-year-old player started the previous season in Czech Republic. Jr Inman tallied 7.7 points and 6.1 boards per game for Ostrava. In January 2010 the forward moved to Japan. He joined Kyoto Hannaryz. Jr Inman tallied 8.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game in BJ League. Jr Inman participated at the Eurobasket Summer League in New York in 2009. He took part in the leagues All-Star Game.
Jr Inman has already debuted for Naglis. He came up with 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead his new team to a 97:91 win over Siauliai.



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Babacar Sy stepped down in Mali - by Kristian Santiago
Babacar Sy , the national-team coach of Mali and his staff (Fred Langley , Mark Morefield and Guillaume Vizade) stepped down along the general manager Jonathan Kebe. The official reason is, that the staff felt, that under the current conditions, the ambitious taks of being successful at the forthcoming African Championships cant be realised.
Mali's federation is now looking for a new coach for their national-team.



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Gold Rush win at Spring Hill, extend win streak to 9 games - by Emiliano
Chris Iles (5'11''-G-89) scored 16 points and Michael Harvey (6'3''-G) 15 Monday to lead NAIA No. 10 Xavier (LA) to a 65-54 men's basketball victory over Spring Hill.
The victory was the ninth in a row for the Gold Rush (23-2). Xavier swept the two-game regular-season series against the Badgers (7-13) for the first time since 2004-05.
Iles made 4-of-6 3-pointers and tied his season scoring high for the second consecutive game. Harvey scored in double figures for the second straight game -- the first time that's happened since late December.
Xavier, outscored 15-8 in the first seven minutes, rallied to lead 30-26 at halftime. Jeremy Lee scored the final four points of the half to put the Gold Rush ahead to stay.
Iles' 3-pointer with 3:25 remaining gave Xavier its biggest lead, 58-42.
Xavier outshot the Badgers 50 to 40.9 percent from the floor -- the Gold Rush made 8-of-17 3-pointers -- and had a 32-24 rebound advantage.
Nick Brown scored 16 points and Tyler Schwab 10 for Spring Hill, which has lost three straight and 10 of its last 12 games.
Xavier, which climbed one spot in the national coaches poll Monday, will travel to No. 21 Tougaloo for a Gulf Coast Athletic Conference game at 7 p.m. Saturday. The next XU home game will start at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 against SUNO.



Gold Rush return to top 10 for the first time in five weeks - by Emiliano
For the first time in five weeks and the third time this season, Xavier (LA) is in the top 10 of the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25.
The poll was released Monday, about two hours before Xavier's game at Spring Hill.
The Gold Rush climbed to 10th after two consecutive weeks at No. 11. Last week XU's men won 71-52 at home against Belhaven and 89-75 at Dillard to extend their win streak to eight games.
Xavier's highest position this season was ninth on Dec. 13.
The other Gulf Coast Athletic Conference team in the top 25, Tougaloo, climbed one spot to 21st, its highest position of the season. Tougaloo will play host to Xavier at 7 p.m. Saturday and is 3-0 since its 77-67 loss at Xavier on Jan. 22.
Robert Morris (Chicago) is No. 1 for the third straight week, again edging Concordia (Calif.) by three points for the top spot. The first-place votes were the same as a week ago, with Robert Morris receiving seven and Concordia the other five. Montana Western, Pikeville and Montana State Northern replaced St. Catharine, Westminster (Utah) and Lewis-Clark State in the top 25.



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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 29
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.29.0 
 2. Stoudemire, New Y.26.3 
 3. James, Miami Heat26.1 
 4. Wade, Miami Heat25.4 
 5. Bryant, LA Lakers25.3 
 6. Ellis, Golde S.25.2 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.24.6 
 8. Anthony, Denver N.24.6 
 9. Gordon, LA Clippers24.1 
 10. Martin, Houston R.23.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.6 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.13.7 
 3. Randolph, Memph.13.2 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.8 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.11.7 
 6. Bogut, Milwauke.11.6 
 7. Camby, Portland TB11.3 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.4 
 9. Boozer, Chicago B.10.3 
 10. Okafor, N.Orlean.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Rondo, Boston C.12.4 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.1 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.8 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.5 
 5. Wall, Washington W.9.1 
 6. Felton, New Y.8.9 
 7. Calderon, Toron.8.8 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..8.6 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.8.4 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.8.2 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.5 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.4 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.2 
 4. Westbrook, Oklah..1.9 
 5. Curry, Golde S.1.8 
 6. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 7. Ginobili, San A.1.8 
 8. Evans, Sacramen.1.8 
 9. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
 10. Conley, Memphis G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.8 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.4 
 3. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.3 
 4. Stoudemire, New Y.2.2 
 5. Howard, Orlando M.2.1 
 6. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.1 
 7. Duncan, San A.1.9 
 8. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 9. Camby, Portland TB1.9 
 10. Okafor, N.Orlean.1.8 


Monday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Sacramento K. - Utah Jazz 104-107
For the Utah Jazz, this was a fourth-quarter comeback to savor. Now, they hope it puts an end to their recent struggles. Al Jefferson (6'10''-F-85) scored 23 points and Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) had 21 points and nine assists to help Utah rally for a 107-104 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Monday night. The Jazz outscored the Kings 27-17 in the fourth quarter in winning their second road game in a row after dropping the previous six. Utah had lost nine of 12 overall since beating woeful Cleveland on Jan. 14. 'We've struggled on the road, so this was a very important win for us,' said Williams, who has been bothered by a lingering sore wrist. 'It's not a pretty win, but at least it's a win. I'm hoping this gets us back on track.' Paul Millsap fouled out late in the fourth quarter and finished with 18 points. Raja Bell had 17 points and Kyrylo Fesenko 11. DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and 14 rebounds for Sacramento, which committed 20 turnovers. Tyreke Evans had 21 points, Jason Thompson scored 14 and Beno Udrih 11. The Kings have lost three straight. *Courtesy of www.mercurynews.com

Golde State W. - Phoenix Suns 92-104
Steve Nash (6'3''-G-74, college: Santa Clara) had an expensive bottle of red wine from the Napa Valley tucked in a paper bag in his locker, a birthday present from his teammates that he was saving for another day. They got a taste of everything else. Nash dished out 15 assists and scored 14 points, leading the Phoenix Suns to a 104-92 victory against the Golden State Warriors on his 37th birthday Monday night. 'It hasn't been a very fun year in large part,' Nash said. 'But it's been more fun lately.' Channing Frye (6'11''-C/F-83, college: Arizona) had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Grant Hill scored 18 to help the Suns build a 23-point lead and hold on late. They made 13 3-pointers and shot 43 percent from the floor in a game that wasn't as close as the final score indicated. The Suns weren't about to blow a game on the seven-time All Star's birthday. They sang happy birthday to Nash -- and Mickael Pietrus, who turned 29 -- before the game in the locker room in an a capella rendition. Nash ate some birthday pizza, then sliced through the Warriors. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Dallas M. - Cleveland C. 99-96
The Dallas Mavericks relegated the Cleveland Cavaliers to unwanted history on Monday night at American Airlines Center but not before the NBA's worst team threw a scare into the league's hottest team. A 17-point second-quarter Mavs lead was erased when the Cavs pulled even two minutes into the final quarter. The Mavs eked out a 99-96 victory when the Cavaliers missed a shot in the final seconds. The Mavs (36-15) ran their winning streak to nine games while saddling the Cavs (8-44) with their 25th consecutive loss. Already owning the longest NBA losing streak during a single season, Monday night's defeat banished from the record books the 24-game losing streak that the Cavs' ancestors needed parts of two seasons to establish in 1982. With the win, the Mavs keep their half-game lead over the Los Angeles Lakers for second place in the Western Conference. They now return to the road beginning with Wednesday night's visit to Sacramento. Small forward Peja Stojakovic made his first appearance since being signed by Dallas on Jan. 24. He started and played 20 minutes, recording eight points and five rebounds. In his first NBA action since last November, he hit one of six three-point attempts. The Mavs were led in scoring by reserves Jason Terry (6'2''-G-77, college: Arizona) (23) and Shawn Marion (6'7''-F-78, college: UNLV) (17 points). Also of note off the bench, Ian Mahinmi contributed 11 points and eight rebounds in 21 minutes. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Denver N. - Houston R. 103-108
Kevin Martin (6'7''-G/F-83, college: W.Carolina) scored 37 points and the Houston Rockets took advantage of Nene's absence and Chauncey Billups' early exit to beat the Denver Nuggets 108-103 Monday night despite Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) 's 50-point effort that tied his career high. Martin, who had just eight points in his previous trip to Denver, scored 18 in the decisive third quarter, half of them during a 13-0 run the Rockets used to grab control at 71-56. He started and ended the run with buckets to go with a fast-break basket and a 3-pointer. Luis Scola chipped in 25 points for the Rockets, who handed Denver its seventh loss in 28 home games. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Portland TB - Chicago B. 109-103
LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-C-85, college: Texas) scored so easily against Chicago that he allowed himself a broad smile and a few high-fives from teammates before the game was even over. 'It was fun,' he said after putting up a career-high 42 points Monday night in the Portland Trail Blazers' 109-103 victory against the Bulls. So was there a little I-told-you-so feeling after not being selected for the All-Star Game? No, Aldridge insisted. 'Me getting 42 tonight isn't going to change their mind, so what is it going to do for me?' he said. 'I thought tonight I just came out and got those easy dunks early and that was my big thing that got me going.' Derrick Rose had 36 points for the Bulls, who lost their second straight. He was blunt about the problem. 'I think our offense is there, but defensively we're terrible right now,' he said. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Charlotte B. - Boston C. 94-89
Gerald Wallace (6'7''-F-82, college: Alabama) scored 19 points, including the clinching free throws with 3 seconds left, and the Charlotte Bobcats overcame top scorer Stephen Jackson's ejection to beat the short-handed Boston Celtics 94-89 on Monday night. Shaun Livingston (6'7''-G-85) added a season-high 18 points, little-used Eduardo Najera had a key 3-pointer late, and the Bobcats snapped six-game losing streak to Boston in a testy game that included five technical fouls and yet another emotional outburst by Jackson. Ray Allen scored 25 points and hit two 3-pointers, leaving him two shy of breaking Reggie Miller's NBA career record of 2,560. Paul Pierce added 22 points and Kevin Garnett grabbed 14 rebounds for the Celtics, who dressed only 10 players. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

N.Orleans H. - Minnesota T. 92-104
Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA) had 27 points and 17 rebounds, and the struggling Minnesota Timberwolves maintained their surprising dominance of the playoff-contending New Orleans Hornets with a 104-92 victory Monday night. Minnesota's second double-digit win over New Orleans this season might have been a costly one, though. Michael Beasley (6'9''-F-89, college: Kansas St.), who had 14 points, had to be helped off the floor with a left leg injury in the fourth quarter and starting center Darko Milicic departed with a strained left hip flexor in the first. The injuries meant more action for Nikola Pekovic and Anthony Tolliver, who each scored 12 points. Minnesota hit 11 3-pointers and made all 25 of its free throws in snapping a three-game skid and winning only its third road game this season. Chris Paul had 17 points and 13 assists for the Hornets, who have lost three straight and five of six. Love was 14 of 14 on free throws and had three of the Wolves' 11 offensive rebounds, helping Minnesota score 22 second-chance points. Johnny Flynn had 13 points and Wayne Ellington 11 in his return from a two-game absence for personal reasons. David West had 18 points for the Hornets. Marco Belinelli added 15 and Willie Green 11. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Memphis G. - LA Lakers 84-93
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) scored 19 points and Lamar Odom (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island) had 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 93-84 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night. Memphis got within two points in the fourth quarter, but Los Angeles took advantage of five Grizzlies turnovers to go on an 11-0 run and take an 89-76 lead. The Lakers, who tied the season series 2-all, have won three of four overall. The Grizzlies have lost two straight but still have won five of their last seven. Pau Gasol scored 17 points for the Lakers. Sam Young led the Grizzlies with 22 points, matching his career high. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com




Brandon Roy says he's ready to return - by Eurobasket News
Guard Brandon Roy (6'6''-G-84, college: Washington) is returning to practice and wants to rejoin the Trail Blazers as soon as this weekend, but he'll have to prove himself first.

Portland's three-time All-Star had arthroscopic surgery on both of his knees just three weeks ago and coach Nate McMillan says he wants to see Roy at work before making a decision.

Portland, coming off a 109-103 victory over the Chicago Bulls, had the day off on Tuesday. They'll practice at home on Wednesday before heading to Toronto for Friday night's game against the Raptors.

'I can't really predict the future, but right now they (the knees) feel good,' Roy said. 'The biggest thing is once I start playing I have to keep them at a level where I feel good about going out there and helping this team.'

Roy was averaging 16.6 points in 23 games before he was sidelined indefinitely by the team. He says now he is nearly pain free, but still needs to practice at full speed.

His announcement has sparked debate over whether it is too soon to return. It also has implications for forward LaMarcus Aldridge, whose play has vastly improved since Portland began running its offense through him.

Last season, Roy had arthroscopic surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee two days before the Blazers opened their first-round playoff series against Phoenix. He made a remarkable comeback and played in the fourth game of the series, which the Suns eventually won.

Some suggested that perhaps he returned too soon from that surgery, and is being too hasty this time around, too.

Roy has said the problem is too little cartilage in both his knees.

Although Roy was hopeful to be on the court against Toronto, or perhaps in Detroit on Sunday, he vowed to listen to doctors after testing his knee at practice. And when he does return, he'll ease himself back, he said.

'I'm going to try to get through these practices and when we're in Toronto I'm sure we'll sit down and come up with an amount of minutes. I'm sure he (McMillan) is going to want to keep it low when I first come back,' Roy said.

Roy hasn't played since Dec. 15. That's when Portland started to go to Aldridge, who has averaged 25.4 points and 10.2 rebounds since then. The Blazers are 16-10 without Roy.

In the victory over the Bulls, Aldridge had a career-high 42 points. He said afterward that the Blazers need Roy back.

'A lot of guys have been playing a lot of minutes, so getting Brandon back should be good for us,' Aldridge said.

Roy weighed in: 'I think we are always just going to try to help each other play well. The goal is always to try to win. I don't know how we're going to run plays or anything yet. I just want to come back and get out there and get my legs back.'

Word of Roy's return was first reported by The Oregonian newspaper shortly before the Blazers took on the Bulls. After the game, McMillan suggested that Roy wasn't the only one coming back - center Marcus Camby would be practicing this week, too.

Camby had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Jan. 20. He was averaging 5.9 points and 11.3 rebounds in 39 games this season.

'Bandon and Camby have decided when they're coming back. We have these couple of days where we're going to practice. I'll see if these guys show up for practice and we'll go from there,' McMillan said. 'As far as playing this weekend, that hasn't been decided yet.'

The Blazers have been dogged by injuries for the second straight season.

In November, the team announced that center Greg Oden, the No. 1 draft pick in 2007, would miss the season because of microfracture surgery on his left knee. Oden missed his rookie year because of microfracture surgery on his right knee.

Second-year forward Jeff Pendergraph injured his knee in the preseason and required season-ending surgery. And rookie guard Elliot Williams has undergone surgery this season on both knees.

Last season Blazers players collectively missed more games than any team in the NBA except the Warriors.

Courtesy of www.sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Spurs sign ex-Rocket, Maverick Novak to 10-day deal - by Eurobasket News
The Spurs have signed journeyman Steve Novak (6'10''-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Marquette) to a 10-day contract a month after he was waived by the Dallas Mavericks.

The 6-10 forward played two games for Reno in the NBA Development League before the Spurs signed him. He played seven games for the Mavericks before joining Reno.

Novak was drafted by Houston in 2006 and traded two years later to the Los Angeles Clippers. The former teammate of Dwyane Wade at Marquette has averaged 4.0 points and 1.1 rebounds in 202 career games.

Novak was expected to be in uniform Tuesday night against Detroit.

Courtesy of www.chron.com


Grizzlies sign G Jason Williams - by Eurobasket News
The Memphis Grizzlies have signed guard Jason Williams (6'1''-G-75, college: Florida) to an undisclosed contract.

Williams, who spent four seasons with Memphis earlier in his career, was waived by the Orlando Magic on January 26 amid reports he was unhappy with his playing time.

The 12-year pro averaged 2.1 points and 1.5 assists in 16 games this season for the Magic while averaging 10.7 minutes of playing time.

Williams spent the 2001-05 seasons with Memphis, averaging 11.9 points, 7.2 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game and is still the franchise's all-time assists leader (2,041).

He has career averages of 10.6 points, 5.9 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 777 career games with Sacramento, Memphis, Miami and Orlando.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Spurs assign James Anderson to D-League - by Eurobasket News
The San Antonio Spurs announced that they have assigned rookie James Anderson (6'6''-G-89, college: Oklahoma St.) to the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League. This is Andersons second assignment to the Toros this season while rehabbing from a stress fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot which he was diagnosed with on November 11.

Anderson, a 6-6, 215-pound guard, was originally assigned to Austin on January 26. He appeared in two games for the Toros, averaging 14.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in 14.0 minutes. He shot .556 (10-18) from the field, .444 (4-9) from three-point territory and .714 (5-7) from the free throw line. Anderson was recalled by the Spurs on January 29 and saw limited action in three games.

Before the injury, Anderson appeared in six games for the Spurs, averaging 7.0 points and 1.5 assists in 17.7 minutes.

For the season he has appeared in nine games, averaging 5.2 points and 1.1 assists in 13.0 minutes. He is shooting .432 (16-37) from the field and .500 (11-22) from three-point land.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Rockets recall Ish Smith - by Eurobasket News
The defending NBA Development League champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers announced Monday their parent club, the Houston Rockets, have recalled point guard Ishmael Smith (6'0''-G-88, college: Wake Forest) and that the Vipers have acquired center Connor Atchley (6'10''-F/C-85, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Texas) from the Iowa Energy for power forward Stanley Robinson (6'9''-F-88, college: Connecticut), who was reacquired earlier in the day.

The Vipers have also waived center Mickell Gladness (6'11''-F/C-86).

Assigned Jan. 17, Smith played in four games (one start) with the Vipers, averaging 12.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.8 steals in 31.8 minutes per game. He shot 43.1 percent (22 for 51) from the field, 30 percent (3 for 10) from behind the arc and 50 percent (4 for 8) from the foul line.

He scored a career-high 18 points on 7 of 12 shooting against the Maine Red Claws on Jan. 19 and finished by dishing out a career-high 10 assists to go with a career-high three steals against the Dakota Wizards on Jan. 22.

Ishmael had an effective stay with the Vipers as he was able to continue his development in games, sais Vipers general manager Gersson Rosas, who is also the Rockets' vice president of player personnel. There is nothing like a game setting for a young point guard to continue to work on his craft, especially in terms of running a team and being an initiator on defense. We were able to take advantage of a key stretch of Vipers games for him to participate in and look forward to the next period where he can come back down and continue his work with our Vipers coaches.'

Smith is averaging 3.1 points, 1.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 12.9 minutes in 24 games (three starts) for the Rockets.

Atchley is averaging 5.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 17.1 minutes in 19 games (13 starts). He is shooting 43.6 percent (34 for 78) from the field and 87.1 percent (27 for 31) from the free-throw line.

He scored a season-high 19 points on 7 of 9 shooting in 27 minutes vs. Sioux Falls on Dec. 1. Atchley is in his second year in the NBA Development League. He split last season between Dakota and Iowa, averaging 6.5 points and 3.8 rebounds in 41 games (13 starts). For his career, Atchley is averaging 6.1 points 3.7 rebounds and 16.5 minutes in 60 games (26 starts).

Atchleys best play came in the playoffs with the Energy last year, when he averaged 10.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in six games and starts.

Connor is a versatile big that fits our style of play with his shooting and size, which help address some of our team needs, Rosas said. 'He is a guy we would like to get a closer look at in our environment and we are glad to add him to our team. We feel like he has an opportunity to come in and get better by working with our coaches in order to help our team.'

Atchley played for the Sacramento Kings during NBA training camp, scoring two points, while hitting 1 of 3 shots, with three rebounds (two offensive) in eight minutes over the course of three games. Atchley played for the Kings during the NBA Summer Leauge in Las Vegas, averaging 3.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.

He also played for the New Jersey Nets during the Orlando Pro Summer League, averaging 7.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 22.2 minutes per game. Atchley also played for the Golden State Warriors during the 2009 NBA Summer League and then in Turkey before joining the NBA Development League.

Atchleys best season with the Longhorns came as a junior during the 2007-08 season, when he averaged 9.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and a Big 12-best 2.1 blocks per game. He was named to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team, the Big 12 All-Improved team and the Academic All-Big 12 First Team.

The 23-year old was born in Houston and grew up in Clear Lake.

Robinson averaged 9.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 10.3 minutes in three games off the bench before getting waived due to a right leg injury Dec. 16.

Gladness averaged 3.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 19 games (six starts).

Courtesy of www.brownsvilleherald.com


Sixers recall F Brackins - by Eurobasket News
The Philadelphia 76ers announced today that they have recalled rookie forward Craig Brackins (6'10''-F-87, college: Iowa St.) from their NBA Development League affiliate, the Springfield Armor. Brackins was assigned to the Armor on January 15. His first assignment was from November 30 through December 12.

In 14 games for Springfield, Brackins averaged 19.9 points, 9.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.00 blocks in 37.2 minutes per game. Over his final three games with the Armor, Brackins averaged 24.7 points and 11.3 rebounds. He leaves the D-League tied for the seventh-highest scoring average of any player this season.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


The NBA's 3-point contest is set - by Eurobasket News
The NBA must not look at its own statistics when determining its participants for its 3-point shooting contest at All-Star Weekend.

Matt Bonner ranks second in the league with a 50.4 percent. But he will be remaining home for the contest along Shawne Williams of New York, who leads the league with 50.6 percent from behind the arc.

The NBAs selections were heavy on starpower with players like Boston's Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) (46.2 percent), Cleveland's Daniel Gibson (6'3''-G-86, college: Texas) (43.9 percent), Miami's James Jones (6'8''-F-80, college: Miami (FL)) (42.7 percent), Golden State's Dorell Wright (6'8''-G/F-85) (40.9 percent), Boston's Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) (40.1 percent).

But the selection of Oklahoma Citys Kevin Durant really baffles me. Durant is hitting 34.7 percent, ranking 122nd in the league in 3-point percentage.

Durant is one of the faces in the league, as you can tell by how the league is featuring him in its string of league-sponsored commercials.

So its understandable why the league is pushing its agenda in putting him in the contest.

But still, shouldnt the very best shooters be participating in this contest?

The Spurs havent had a participant in the 3-point shooting contest since Terry Porter in 2000.

Here are the participants for this seasons contest.

Ray Allen, Boston

Daniel Gibson, Cleveland

James Jones, Miami

Dorell Wright, Golden State

Paul Pierce, Boston

Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City


Courtesy of http://blog.mysanantonio.com


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Larry Drew Transfers out - by Allen Waters
Junior point guard Larry Drew II is leaving the University of North Carolina, head coach Roy Williams announced today.

'This morning I spoke to Larry Drew Sr. and he informed me that it was in Larry II's best interest to leave North Carolina at this time,' says Williams. 'Personally I hate this for Larry and our team because he was such an important part of our team and he has continued to improve and played well in recent games. He was our defensive award winner in two of our last four games and has handled the ball really well in our four-game win streak.

'But I understand that families and players have to make their own decisions as to what is best for them at a particular time in their lives. He contributed agreat deal to our program in his two and a half years here, including being a part of a national championship team. I regret that Larry and his family feel this is the right thing to do, but again, each individual has to do what they think is best. He will be successful wherever he chooses to go. I appreciate what he gave to our University and basketball program in his time here.'

Drew was a freshman on the 2009 national championship squad, then started 53 games over the next year and a half. He scored 461 points with 378 assists, 17th most in UNC history. This year he was fifth in the Atlantic Coast Conference in assists and assist-error ratio and won UNC's defensive player of the game award four times. He had 19 assists and four turnovers in the last four games, including a season-high nine at Boston College on February 1st.

'After careful consideration and consultation with my family, I have decided it's in my best interest to continue my education and basketball career elsewhere,' says Drew II. 'I have enjoyed my time in North Carolina and appreciate the support of everyone associated with the program. Over the last three years we've accomplished a lot as a team and those experiences will help me not only on the court, but off the court as well.

'I'd like to thank the coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to play at one of the nation's top colleges in UNC, and my teammates for their support as well. It is unfortunate my career didn't meet expectations in Chapel Hill, however I do look forward to continuing my collegiate and athletic career in the near future.'


Pitt Holds of WVA without Ashton Gibbs - by Allen Waters
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Pittsburgh had a solid Plan B for West Virginia in the absence of injured guard Ashton Gibbs -- spread the ball around inside to the Panthers' other playmakers.


The fourth-ranked Panthers overcame an awful start by shooting 61 percent from the field in the second half and beat West Virginia (No. 25 AP) 71-66 on Monday night.

Without Gibbs, the Panthers' leading scorer (16.3 points per game) who is out up to two weeks with a left knee injury, Pittsburgh had little outside shooting presence -- and it didn't matter. The Panthers, who lead the nation in rebounding margin, outrebounded West Virginia 40-28 on the strength of 18 offensive boards.

'We really focused on rebounding,' Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon said. 'We cut down their offensive rebounds. We won with our rebounding and defense, and that's what we set out to do.'

From start to finish, Pittsburgh pounded the ball inside, piling up 42 points in the paint against a Mountaineers defense that eventually wore down.

Nasir Robinson scored 15 points, Gary McGhee had 13, Travon Woodall added 12 and Brad Wanamaker scored 11 for the Panthers (22-2, 10-1 Big East).

'Ashton is a good player and a great shotmaker for us, and without him, we just wanted to come out and play our game,' Wanamaker said. 'We didn't want to try and fill in his shoes. We just wanted to stay with Pitt basketball and get the guys that sub in to play their game.'

Pittsburgh went hard to the glass after being held to a season-low 23 points in the first half. The Panthers went ahead to stay with 8 minutes left in the game to improve to 5-0 on the road in the Big East and continue their best overall start in conference play.

This is the 10th straight season Pitt has won at least 20 games overall and at least 10 in the Big East, the conference's longest current streak.

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins had pointed to the Pittsburgh game as a possible jump start to a solid final month of the Big East race. Instead, the Mountaineers' shortcomings showed, and West Virginia (15-8, 6-5) now has lost three of its past five.

'They beat us to death on the offensive glass and drove it where they wanted to drive it,' Huggins said. 'They just outmanned us.'

Huggins said without Gibbs, 'they just attack the rim.'

In the first half, 'we converged on the guys that were driving,' Huggins said.

The second half was another matter.

Pittsburgh had just three turnovers after halftime, and shot 61 percent (17-of-28) from the field in the second half and 44 percent for the game.

Deniz Kilicli scored a career-high 19 points and Kevin Jones added 12 for the Mountaineers, but West Virginia's bench outscored its starters 34-32.

West Virginia guard Casey Mitchell played 24 minutes in a backup role after being reinstated a game earlier from an indefinite suspension, but he wasn't much help. The Mountaineers' leading scorer was limited to seven points on 2-of-10 shooting.

West Virginia was aching for any kind of offense after managing a season-low 50 points in Saturday's loss at No. 9 Villanova, and Kilicli provided it.

He scored on a left-handed baby hook and made a three-point play 25 seconds apart to bring West Virginia within 59-58 with 4:03 remaining.

Gilbert Brown made a layup and a three-point play during Pittsburgh's ensuing 12-4 run. Robinson's dunk with 19 seconds left capped the run and put Pittsburgh ahead 71-62.

'They threw the first punch today,' Wanamaker said. 'We settled down a little and came back in the second half and made some plays, penetrated and got guys open looks.'

West Virginia scored eight of the game's first 10 points, fell behind only once before halftime and held the Panthers to one field goal over the final 5 minutes of the half. Pittsburgh shot 29 percent (9-of-31) from the field and trailed 25-23 at halftime.

Despite all that, Dixon said he told his players at halftime that the Panthers were 'in good shape. We're going to run great stuff and get great shots and that's what we did.'

'We got layups, we got drives, and we got offensive rebound opportunities because of our offensive execution and efficiency,' Dixon said. 'Ashton wasn't playing, and I think we really got the message out to our guys in the last 24 hours when we found out he wasn't going to play. We didn't have to have anybody step up. We just had to play the way we have to play and execute.'

The Panthers matched their first-half output in the first 11 minutes of the second half.

Woodall, Gibbs' replacement, put the Panthers ahead to stay, 47-46, on a jumper with 8:16 remaining.

But like most games in the Backyard Brawl, West Virginia managed to stay close until the Panthers' decisive run.


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CUNYAC Update! - by Joan Manuel Sanchez
The City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) enters it's final week with no clear front runner while several teams fight to secure the last playoff spot.

The last spot in the North Division is being fought between the Bloodhounds of John Jay College (3-8; 9- 14 Overall), the City College of NY (1-10; 3-20 overall)) and Lehman College (5-7; 9-14 overall).
The latter lost a crucial contest on Monday night versus rival Hunter College (6-4; 11-11 overall) keeping them from securing a playoff spot while diminishing it's chances to secure a home game in the opening round of the play off's.

With the 69-63 victory Hunter College puts themselves two games ahead of the 3rd spot in the North Division. In the Lehman vrs Hunter game recap, Anthony Uter led all scorers with 22 points, while Lehmam's Victor Garcia led the lightining with 17 while teammates Jonathan DeJesus pintch in 12 points and Samuel Batista added 11.

In the South Division there is a two team race to capture the last spot. York College (5-5; 7-15 overall) put themselves 2 games ahead of NYC Tech (3-9; 5-18) after defeating first place team The College of Staten Island and City Tech losing an overtime contest to rival Brooklyn College (7-4;11-11 overall) on Monday night.

Things will be decided this week as the conference enters it's last regular season contests.



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Breakers wary of wounded Tigers - by Mike Lacey
Last weeks win over the Wollongong Hawks extended the Breakers best ever start to a season to 15-3. Mika Vukona (197-F-82) was outstanding with a double double of 16 rebounds and 11 points, one rebound shy of a personal best haul. Kirk Penney led the team down the stretch scoring 9 of his 22 points in the final quarter to help seal a hard fought 80-76 victory.

The Melbourne Tigers are a much changed outfit since last hosted by the Breakers back in October. Both original imports have been released and perhaps more significantly and rather surprisingly, long time coach Al Westover was shown the door last week. He has been replaced by assistant coach and former playing great Darryl (D-Mac) McDonald. To add to the Tigers concerns giant centre Luke Nevill also departed the club last week, heading to Russian club Triumph Lyubertsky. The Tigers still boast a big line up as 610ers Wade Helliwell and Matt Burston are backed up by Cam Tragardh. The Breakers won the October encounter by 5 points and backed that up with a 10 points victory in Melbourne in December. It will be interesting to see if the speed and versatility of Mika Vukona (197-F-82), Dillon Boucher and Gary Wilkinson can continue to get the better of the taller Melbourne front court. Look out for the exciting Corey Homicide Williams, the 2010 League MVP is one of the quickest and most dynamic point guards in the league.

The Tigers have a good record against the league leaders at the NSEC having won three of the last five encounters with the overall record between the two teams being 18-9 in favour of the visitors. D-Mac is one from one in his coaching career having secured a win against Wollongong last Sunday, the Breakers will be keen that he waits a while longer for win number two.

Finally, last week three of the Breakers senior players brought up personal milestones,
Dillon Boucher passed 600 points for the club, Paul Henare 600 rebounds and CJ Bruton 100 steals.



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


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Standings - 1Div.
1Div. Standings
 1. Miners 11-0 
 2. Hop 8-4 
 3. OSI 8-4 
 4. Persbraaten 7-4 
 5. Centrum 6-6 
 6. Sandefjord 5-5 
 7. Varden 5-7 
 8. Langhus 4-10 
 9. NTNUI 2-9 
 10. Trondheim 2-9 


Standings - BLNO
BLNO Standings
 1. Asker 14-3 
 2. Tromso 12-4 
 3. Ulriken 12-5 
 4. Baerum 10-7 
 5. Froya 7-10 
 6. Gimle 4-12 
 7. Kristiansand 4-12 
 8. Ammerud 3-13 


BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Antonio RUSSELL
  Kristiansand
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 27
 1. Russell, Kristiansand27.0 
 2. Timus, Tromso24.7 
 3. Ross, Kristiansand23.0 
 4. Karlsen, Asker22.3 
 5. Bullock, Gimle22.3 
 6. Kombat, Froya22.0 
 7. Diomande, Ammerud21.9 
 8. January, Tromso19.9 
 9. Eskeland, Ulriken18.8 
 10. Fivelstad, Ulriken18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Peter BULLOCK
  Gimle
  (198-F/C-82)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Bullock, Gimle12.6 
 2. Oatis, Baerum12.1 
 3. Mullenax, Ulriken12.0 
 4. Karlsen, Asker10.3 
 5. Kombat, Froya9.7 
 6. Fivelstad, Ulriken9.0 
 7. Christensen, Tro.8.7 
 8. January, Tromso8.3 
 9. Elsafadi, Froya7.2 
 10. Hagen, Ammerud7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Edmunds GABRANS
  Froya
  (190-G-79)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Gabrans, Froya4.8 
 2. Issalhi, Tromso4.6 
 3. Eskeland, Ulriken4.5 
 4. Bullock, Gimle4.4 
 5. Elgmork, Baerum4.3 
 6. Mahnin, Asker4.1 
 7. Timus, Tromso3.6 
 8. Russell, Kristiansand3.6 
 9. Ouakkaha, Ulriken3.6 
 10. Mihaylov, Tromso3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Samuel DIOMANDE
  Ammerud
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Diomande, Ammerud2.8 
 2. Bullock, Gimle2.5 
 3. Ouakkaha, Ulriken2.3 
 4. Russell, Kristiansand2.1 
 5. Hinsch, Asker2.1 
 6. Eskeland, Ulriken1.9 
 7. January, Tromso1.8 
 8. Mahnin, Asker1.7 
 9. Mullenax, Ulriken1.6 
 10. Okoroafor, Ammerud1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Oatis, Baerum3.3 
 2. January, Tromso1.6 
 3. Beqiri, Kristiansand1.4 
 4. Christensen, Tro.1.1 
 5. Bullock, Gimle1.0 
 6. Mullenax, Ulriken1.0 
 7. Karlsen, Asker0.9 
 8. Nevjen, Baerum0.8 
 9. Nyborg, Asker0.7 
 10. Hagen, Ammerud0.6 


Persbraaten loses to Miners in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
Top-ranked host Miners (11-0) defeated 4th ranked Persbraaten (7-4) 69-60. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Persbraaten. Undefeated Miners have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-0 record. Persbraaten at the other side keeps the fourth place with four games lost. Miners are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Trondheim (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Persbraaten will play against Sandefjord (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Trondheim managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time they won against seventh-ranked Varden 78-61. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 17-point difference suggests that Trondheim is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. And what about a second win in a row after ...nine consecutive loses. Trondheim (2-9) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with NTNUI. Varden at the other side keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. Trondheim will play against league's leader Miners in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Varden will play against the league's second-placed Hop (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
The game in was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked OSI (8-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Langhus (4-10). OSI defeated Langhus 84-73 on Sunday. OSI moved-up to second place, which they share with Hop. Langhus lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with ten games lost. OSI will meet at home Centrum (#5) in the next round. Langhus will have a break next round.
5th ranked Sandefjord (5-5) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Centrum (6-6) with the biggest margin this round 94-81. Centrum moved-up to fifth place. Newly promoted Sandefjord dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. Centrum's next round opponent will be higher ranked OSI (#3) and it may be quite challenging game. Sandefjord will play against Persbraaten and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Langhus - OSI 73-84

The game in was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked OSI (8-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Langhus (4-10). OSI defeated Langhus 84-73 on Sunday. OSI moved-up to second place, which they share with Hop. Langhus lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with ten games lost. OSI will meet at home Centrum (#5) in the next round. Langhus will have a break next round.
gschID: 108534


Varden - Trondheim 61-78

Bottom-ranked Trondheim managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time they won against seventh-ranked Varden 78-61. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 17-point difference suggests that Trondheim is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. And what about a second win in a row after ...nine consecutive loses. Trondheim (2-9) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with NTNUI. Varden at the other side keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. Trondheim will play against league's leader Miners in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Varden will play against the league's second-placed Hop (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
gschID: 108535


Sandefjord - Centrum 81-94

5th ranked Sandefjord (5-5) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Centrum (6-6) with the biggest margin this round 94-81. Centrum moved-up to fifth place. Newly promoted Sandefjord dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. Centrum's next round opponent will be higher ranked OSI (#3) and it may be quite challenging game. Sandefjord will play against Persbraaten and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 108536


Miners - Persbraaten 69-60

Top-ranked host Miners (11-0) defeated 4th ranked Persbraaten (7-4) 69-60. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Persbraaten. Miners have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-0 record. Persbraaten at the other side keeps the fourth place with four games lost. Miners are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Trondheim (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Persbraaten will play against Sandefjord (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 108537




BLNO Round 18: Asker defeats Ulriken in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

An interesting game for Asker (14-3) which played road game in Bergen against 3rd ranked Ulriken (12-5). First ranked Asker managed to get a 6-point victory 83-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ulriken. Ulriken was trailing by 10 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 23-14 charge of Asker, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 20 Ulriken turnovers. It was a good game for the former international forward Ronny Karlsen (202-78, college: Independence CC) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds. The former international guard Mustafa Mahnin (182-80) contributed with 24 points for the winners. Guard Ali Ouakkaha (185-90) replied with 18 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals for Ulriken. Asker have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 14-3 record. Ulriken at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. Asker are looking forward to face Baerum (#4) in Bekkestua in the next round. Ulriken will play on the road against Kristiansand and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Bottom-ranked Ammerud managed to get a third victory, breaking the nine-game losing streak. This time they outleveled sixth-ranked Kristiansand 95-75. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 20-point difference proves that Ammerud was well-prepared to that game. Forward Roy Nwachukwu (192-90) scored 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Michael Molvaer chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Ammerud's coach Ulf Landstrom allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American guard Antonio Russell (183-84, college: W.Carolina) with 31 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Ammerud maintains eighth position with 3-13 record. Kristiansand lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Gimle. Ammerud will play against higher ranked Gimle (#6) in Bergen in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kristiansand will play at home against Ulriken in Bergen and hopes to get back on the winning track.
BLNO top team - Asker (14-3) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they beat fifth ranked Froya (7-10) in Laksevag 83-66. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Froya. Asker have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 14-3 record. Loser Froya keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. Asker will meet at home Baerum (#4) in the next round. Froya will play against Ammerud and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 18 Gimle was beaten by Tromso on the road 77-65. Baerum won against Kristiansand on its own court 105-98.
The most impressive performance of 18th round was 33 points (!!!), 21 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals by Peter Bullock of Gimle.



Froya - Asker 66-83

BLNO top team - Asker (14-3) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they beat fifth ranked Froya (7-10) in Laksevag 83-66. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Froya. Asker have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 14-3 record. Loser Froya keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. Asker will meet at home Baerum (#4) in the next round. Froya will play against Ammerud and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 99017


Tromso - Gimle 77-65

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Tromso (12-4) beat at home 7th ranked Gimle (4-12) 77-65 on Sunday. Tromso forced 19 Gimle turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Tromso made 8 blocks. American swingman Ronald Timus (197-84, college: Morgan St.) notched 24 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import forward Gerald January (201-88, college: Montevallo) supported him with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. Even a double-double of 33 points (!!!), 21 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals by American power forward Peter Bullock (198-82, college: Alaska-Anch.) did not help to save the game for Gimle. Croatian-Austrian power forward Ivan Djerman (202-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 9 points and 6 rebounds. Tromso moved-up to second place. Gimle lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Kristiansand. Tromso will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Gimle will play against Ammerud (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tromso: R.Timus 24+8reb+3ast, B.Myhrer 18+2reb+1ast, G.January 11+12reb, K.Figenschau 9+3reb+1ast, I.Adahada 7, D.Christensen 4+7reb+2ast
Gimle: P.Bullock 33+21reb+4ast, I.Djerman 9+6reb, S.Enge 8+3reb+2ast, T.Hallen 6+3reb+2ast, S.de Lange 5+1reb+3ast, E.Fjrestad 4
gschID: 99018


Baerum - Kristiansand 105-98

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Kristiansand (4-12) lost to fourth ranked Baerum (10-7) in Bekkestua 98-105 on Sunday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-14. But Kristiansand won second period 26-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Kristiansand 30-15 including 20 on the defensive glass. American power forward Donald Oatis (206-79, college: Wilberforce, agency: Prossin Sports Management) notched a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Nils-Paul Skara (185-87, college: William & Mary) supported him with 29 points. Even 29 points and 8 rebounds by American guard Antonio Russell (183-84, college: W.Carolina) did not help to save the game for Kristiansand. Swingman Brian Mariampillar (188-85) added 20 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Baerum have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 10-7 record. Kristiansand lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Gimle. Baerum will meet league's leader Asker on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Kristiansand will play against Ulriken (#3) in Bergen and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Baerum: N.Skara 29+3reb+3ast, D.Oatis 24+15reb+1ast, S.Berg 20+2reb+7ast, V.Hamilton 10+4reb, A.Ronnqvist 7+3ast, T.Mjos 5+3reb+1ast
Kristiansand: A.Russell 29+8reb+2ast, B.Mariampillar 20+3reb, K.Krasniqi 18+1reb+1ast, A.Danielsen 10+1ast, R.Beqiri 9+1ast, J.Ringoen 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 99019


Ulriken - Asker 77-83

An interesting game for Asker (14-3) which played road game in Bergen against 3rd ranked Ulriken (12-5). First ranked Asker managed to get a 6-point victory 83-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ulriken. Ulriken was trailing by 10 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 23-14 charge of Asker, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 20 Ulriken turnovers. It was a good game for the former international forward Ronny Karlsen (202-78, college: Independence CC) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds. The former international guard Mustafa Mahnin (182-80) contributed with 24 points for the winners. Guard Ali Ouakkaha (185-90) replied with 18 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals and American forward Taylor Mullenax (201-86, college: St.Edward's) added 14 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Ulriken. Five Ulriken players scored in double figures. Asker have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 14-3 record. Ulriken at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. Asker are looking forward to face Baerum (#4) in Bekkestua in the next round. Ulriken will play on the road against Kristiansand and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Asker: M.Mahnin 24+2reb+1ast, R.Karlsen 23+13reb+1ast, F.Nyborg 20+3reb+3ast, M.Midtvedt 6+1reb+1ast, F.Bohn 4+6reb, L.Jaeger Torkildsen 4+4reb+3ast
Ulriken: A.Ouakkaha 18+8reb+4ast, A.Eskeland 16+3reb+4ast, T.Mullenax 14+10reb+2ast, M.Fivelstad 13+9reb+3ast, J.Solbakken 11+3reb, B.Morken 3
gschID: 99020


Ammerud - Kristiansand 95-75

Bottom-ranked Ammerud managed to get a third victory, breaking the nine-game losing streak. This time they outleveled sixth-ranked Kristiansand 95-75. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 20-point difference proves that Ammerud was well-prepared to that game. They made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Forward Roy Nwachukwu (192-90) scored 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized Kenyan guard Michael Molvaer (190-90) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Ammerud players scored in double figures. Ammerud's coach Ulf Landstrom allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American guard Antonio Russell (183-84, college: W.Carolina) with 31 points, 5 assists and 4 steals and the former international guard Mustafa Mahnin (182-80) scored 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Ammerud maintains eighth position with 3-13 record. Kristiansand lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Gimle. Ammerud will play against higher ranked Gimle (#6) in Bergen in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kristiansand will play at home against Ulriken in Bergen and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ammerud: R.Nwachukwu 23+6reb+4ast, M.Molvaer 17+5reb+3ast, S.Diomande 14+4ast, O.Okoroafor 11+2reb+3ast, B.Aunan 10+2ast, J.Hellerstrom 6+1reb+1ast
Kristiansand: A.Russell 31+3reb+5ast, R.Beqiri 11+7reb, K.Krasniqi 10+7reb, T.Tomic 9+8reb+4ast, A.Danielsen 5+3reb, D.Versland 5+4reb
gschID: 121333




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Round 9: Halifax Rainmen defeats Quebec Kebs in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games, including even overtime victory of Halifax R. at home.

Quebec Kebs (#3) forced the game against Halifax Rainmen (#2) into an overtime, but lost by eight points 94-102 on Friday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-15. But Quebec Kebs won second period 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Quebec Kebs used huge pressure winning it 28-18 to get a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 13-21. Halifax Rainmen made 31-of-41 free shots (75.6 percent) during the game, while Quebec Kebs only scored eleven points from the stripe. 30 personal fouls committed by Quebec Kebs helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for forward Joshua Dollard (6'8''-F-86, college: USC Aiken) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Taliek Brown (186-82, college: Connecticut, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Carl Mitchell (205-79, college: N.Kentucky) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for Quebec Kebs. Quebec Kebs' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Halifax Rainmen have a solid series of three victories in a row. Halifax Rainmen maintains second place with 7-2 record behind leader Lawton Ft.SC. Quebec Kebs at the other side keep the third position with four games lost. Halifax Rainmen will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Quebec Kebs will play at home against Kentucky Stallions in Lexington and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Quebec Kebs (6-4) against fifth ranked Saint John Mill Rats (3-4) on Thursday night. Visiting Quebec Kebs were defeated by Saint John Mill Rats in Manchester 107-92. Guard Anthony Anderson (180-81, college: Massachusetts, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) stepped up and scored 24 points and 9 assists (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and Ryan Diggs chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Royce Parran (175-85, college: Chicago St.) with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 assists. Quebec Kebs' coach tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Saint John Mill Rats maintains fifth place with 3-4 record. Quebec Kebs at the other side keep the third position with four games lost. Saint John Mill Rats will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Quebec Kebs will play at home against Kentucky Stallions in Lexington and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (8-1) which hosted in Lawton 4th placed Kentucky Stallions (4-6). First ranked Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry had an easy win 104-89. Deandre Thomas nailed 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Kenny Jones came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds for Kentucky Stallions in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry maintains first place with 8-1 record. Kentucky Stallions lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with six games lost. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kentucky Stallions will play against Vermont Frost Heaves (#6) in South Burlington and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
PBL top team - Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (8-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Rochester RazorSharks (2-6) 99-86. The best player for the winners was DeAnthony Bowden who scored 27 points. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry maintains first place with 8-1 record. Rochester RazorSharks lost their fourth game in a row. Rochester RazorSharks at the other side dropped to the bottom position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.



Halifax R. - Quebec K. 102-94 OT

Quebec Kebs (#3) forced the game against Halifax Rainmen (#2) into an overtime, but lost by eight points 94-102 on Friday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-15. But Quebec Kebs won second period 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Quebec Kebs used huge pressure winning it 28-18 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 13-21. Halifax Rainmen made 31-of-41 free shots (75.6 percent) during the game, while Quebec Kebs only scored eleven points from the stripe. 30 personal fouls committed by Quebec Kebs helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for forward Joshua Dollard (203-86, college: USC Aiken) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Taliek Brown (186-82, college: Connecticut, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Carl Mitchell (205-79, college: N.Kentucky) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and guard Maurice Acker (173-87, college: Marquette) added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Quebec Kebs. Five Halifax Rainmen and four Quebec Kebs players scored in double figures. Quebec Kebs' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Halifax Rainmen have a solid series of three victories in a row. Halifax Rainmen maintains second place with 7-2 record behind leader Lawton Ft.SC. Quebec Kebs at the other side keep the third position with four games lost. Halifax Rainmen will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Quebec Kebs will play at home against Kentucky Stallions in Lexington and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Halifax R.: J.Dollard 20+11reb, M.Brown 18+6reb+1ast, T.Brown 17+7reb+4ast, M.Mercer 16+5reb+2ast, K.Jones 12+7reb+1ast, J.Jackson 10+5reb
Quebec K.: C.Mitchell 19+10reb+2ast, M.Acker 19+5reb+6ast, S.Audet-Sow 13+10reb+2ast, Q.Brown 13+12reb+2ast, A.Spears 10+4reb, B.Callier 8+5reb
gschID: 116049


Lawton Ft.SC - Rochester R. 99-86

PBL top team - Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (8-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Rochester RazorSharks (2-6) 99-86. The game was mostly controlled by Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry. Rochester RazorSharks was better in second period 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry forced 23 Rochester RazorSharks turnovers. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Rochester RazorSharks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard DeAnthony Bowden (186-80, college: Creighton) who scored 27 points. Center Deandre Thomas (203-86, college: Robert Morris) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Thomas is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Eric Walton (204-79, college: San Jose St.) who recorded 20 points and 9 rebounds and forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry, agency: Prossin Sports Management) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry maintains first place with 8-1 record. Rochester RazorSharks lost their fourth game in a row. Rochester RazorSharks at the other side dropped to the bottom position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Lawton Ft.SC: D.Bowden 27+4reb+3ast, D.Thomas 18+6reb, C.Haywood 10+2reb+1ast, J.Blackburn 9+1reb+1ast, E.Mims 8+10reb+1ast, J.Davis 7+4reb+2ast
Rochester R.: E.Walton 20+9reb, S.Monroe 17+5reb+2ast, M.Council 13+3reb+1ast, J.Crouch 9+4reb+4ast, J.Carter 8+6reb, F.Durr 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 116050


Lawton Ft.SC - Kentucky S. 104-89

An interesting game for Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry (8-1) which hosted in Lawton 4th placed Kentucky Stallions (4-6). First ranked Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry had an easy win 104-89. The game was mostly controlled by Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry. Kentucky Stallions managed to win third quarter 26-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry shot 29 for 44 from the free-throw line, while Kentucky Stallions only scored ten points from the stripe. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry had a 45-34 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry made 7 blocks. Center Deandre Thomas (203-86, college: Robert Morris) nailed 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and guard Shaun Fountain (180-78, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee, agency: Duran International) accounted for 20 points. Thomas is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Forward Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and forward Bo Harris (201, college: Mountain St.) added 16 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Kentucky Stallions in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry maintains first place with 8-1 record. Kentucky Stallions lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with six games lost. Lawton Fort Sill Cavalry will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kentucky Stallions will play against Vermont Frost Heaves (#6) in South Burlington and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lawton Ft.SC: D.Thomas 21+5reb+3ast, S.Fountain 20+2reb+1ast, J.Blackburn 14+4reb+1ast, E.Mims 10+9reb, D.Bowden 9+2reb+4ast, E.Smith 9+1reb+2ast
Kentucky S.: K.Jones 24+11reb+1ast, B.Harris 16+11reb+1ast, J.McLeish 10+6reb+3ast, A.White 10+4reb+2ast, G.Baker 7+6ast, R.Delk 6+2reb
gschID: 116051


Saint John M.R. - Quebec K. 107-92

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Quebec Kebs (6-4) against fifth ranked Saint John Mill Rats (3-4) on Thursday night. Visiting Quebec Kebs were defeated by Saint John Mill Rats in Manchester 107-92. The game without a history. Saint John Mill Rats led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. Quebec Kebs were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Anthony Anderson (180-81, college: Massachusetts, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) stepped up and scored 24 points and 9 assists (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and guard Ryan Diggs (188-83, college: W.Washington) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Royce Parran (175-85, college: Chicago St.) with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 assists and the other American import swingman Quinnel Brown (198-83, college: Auburn, agency: R.H.Consultancy) scored 23 points. Five Saint John Mill Rats and four Quebec Kebs players scored in double figures. Quebec Kebs' coach tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Saint John Mill Rats maintains fifth place with 3-4 record. Quebec Kebs at the other side keep the third position with four games lost. Saint John Mill Rats will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Quebec Kebs will play at home against Kentucky Stallions in Lexington and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Saint John M.R.: A.Anderson 24+3reb+9ast, T.Martin 16+1reb+3ast, R.Diggs 14+6reb+2ast, R.DeMasi 14+6reb+2ast, M.Egerson 13+5reb+1ast, D.Rice 12+1reb+6ast
Quebec K.: Q.Brown 23+2reb+2ast, R.Parran 20+4reb+10ast, A.Spears 12+1reb, S.Audet-Sow 11+6reb+4ast, L.McCroskey 7+6reb+2ast, C.Mitchell 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 116048




Bowden's 27 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
30-year old guard DeAnthony Bowden (186-G-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Lawton Ft.SC and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
He had the game-high 27 points adding four rebounds and three assists for Lawton Ft.SC in his team's victory, helping them to beat Rochester R. (#8, 2-6) 99-86. It allowed Lawton Ft.SC to consolidate first place in the PBL league. Lawton Ft.SC have a solid 8-1 record. In the team's last game Bowden had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Lawton Ft.SC, through which he has constantly improved. Creighton University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bowden is in league's top in assists (6th best: 4.3apg) and averages solid 57.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Anthony Anderson (180-G-81, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) of Saint John M.R.. He is a guard in his first season at Saint John M.R.. In the last game Anderson recorded impressive 24 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists. Of course he lead Saint John M.R. to another comfortable win 107-92 over slightly higher-ranked Quebec K. (#3, 6-4) being unquestionably team leader. Saint John M.R.'s 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-4 record. Anderson is one of the most experienced players at Saint John M.R. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.7ppg (#3). He also recorded 6.1 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Royce Parran (175-G-85) of Quebec K. (#3). Parran scored 20 points and passed ten assists (!!!). Despite Parran's great performance Quebec K. lost 92-107 to slightly lower-ranked Saint John M.R. (#5, 3-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Quebec K. needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 6 victories and 4 lost games. Parran has a great season in PBL. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.2ppg (8th best) and assists with 6.1apg (4th best). He also has 2.9spg and FGP: 51.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kenny Jones (198-F-84) of Kentucky S. - 24 points and 11 rebounds
5. Joshua Dollard (203-F-86) of Halifax R. - 20 points and 11 rebounds
6. Bo Harris (201-F) of Kentucky S. - 16 points and 11 rebounds
7. Maurice Acker (173-G-87) of Quebec K. - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Taliek Brown (186-G-82) of Halifax R. - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Carl Mitchell (205-F-79) of Quebec K. - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Eric Walton (204-F/C-79) of Rochester R. - 20 points and 9 rebounds

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


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Asia-Basket.com All-PBA Philippine Cup Awards 2010-11 - by Emiliano
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Ali Peek
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Jimmy Alapag
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Alex Cabagnot
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Harvey Carey
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Jay Washington
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Player of the Year: Ali Peek (194-F-75) of Talk N Text
Guard of the Year: Jimmy Alapag (178-G-77) of Talk N Text
Forward of the Year: Ali Peek (194-F-75) of Talk N Text
Center of the Year: Jay Washington (206-C-81) of San Miguel
Import Player of the Year: Chris Ross (185-G-85) of Meralco B.
Domestic Player of the Year: Ali Peek (194-F-75) of Talk N Text
Defensive Player of the Year: Ali Peek (194-F-75) of Talk N Text
Coach of the Year: Vincent Reyes of Talk N Text

1st Team
G: Jimmy Alapag (178-77) of Talk N Text
G: Alex Cabagnot (183-82) of San Miguel
F: Ali Peek (194-75) of Talk N Text
F: Harvey Carey (191-79) of Talk N Text
C: Jay Washington (206-81) of San Miguel

2nd Team
G: Willie Miller (180-77) of Ginebra
G/F: Mark Cardona (180-81) of Meralco B.
F: Gabby Espinas (193-82) of Meralco B.
F: Rudy Hatfield (191-77) of Ginebra
C: Joachim Thoss (203-81) of Alaska

Honorable Mention
Gary David (187-G/F-78) of Powerade T.
Gabe Norwood (196-G/F-85) of Rain or Shine
Joe Devance (201-C-82) of Alaska
Chris Ross (185-G-85) of Meralco B.
Rabeh Al-Hussaini (199-F/C-88) of Air21
Siverino Baclao (198-F/C-87) of Air21
Arwind Santos (193-F-81) of San Miguel



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Puerto Rico U16 celebrated the initial win at the International Tournament in Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Puerto Rico U16 celebrated the initial win at the International Tournament in Turkey as it happened in Day 4. before that Ukraine U16 beat Puerto Rico U16 79:74 to taste the first victory at the International Tournament in Turkey. Both teams nailed 20 points in the start of the game and struggled for the initial victory in the group so far. Ukraine needed 25-12 in the second frame to take the lead and never looked back after. The team from Latin America won the third and last quarters with the same 21-17 score but could only reduce the gap. Berezhnyi Vladlen paced all the winners with 22 points and Anton Dzyuba notched 21. Miguel A. Cartagena Reyes responded with 23 points in defeat and Bryan David Rodriguez Moreno had 13.
Puerto Rico U16 celebrated the initial win at the International Tournament in Turkey as the team outscored Romania U16 77:65 in Day 4. Trailing 8-23 after the first period, the Latin American team needed to win all three other quarters. They produced 24-16 in the second frame and added 15-14 in the third one. Moreover due to 25-12 in the last stanza Puerto Rico improved to 1-3 record in Group A. Eliel Josue Gonzalez Gomez top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Miguel A. Cartagena Reyes poured in 17. Vlad Popovic answered with 19 points and 20 rebounds in defeat and Mehmet Hortoglu (192-G-95) posted 17.



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Romania U16 fell at 0-4 record in Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Romania U16 fell at 0-4 record in Turkey as the team lost another two games. In Day 3 Russia U16 overcame Romania U16 84:58. The favorites opened the game with 21-13 and added 21-20 before the halftime. Romania managed to win the third period 14-13, but Russia finished the game with 29-11. Alexander Martynov paced all the winners with 19 points and Viacheslav Fedorchenko (188-G-95) netted 18. Vlad Cobzaru collected 17 points and 15 rebounds in the losing effort and Casian Todorov (177-G-95) scored 14.
Puerto Rico U16 celebrated the initial win at the International Tournament in Turkey as the team outscored Romania U16 77:65 in Day 4. Trailing 8-23 after the first period, the Latin American team needed to win all three other quarters. They produced 24-16 in the second frame and added 15-14 in the third one. Moreover due to 25-12 in the last stanza Puerto Rico improved to 1-3 record in Group A. Eliel Josue Gonzalez Gomez top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Miguel A. Cartagena Reyes poured in 17. Vlad Popovic answered with 19 points and 20 rebounds in defeat and Mehmet Hortoglu (192-G-95) posted 17.





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  RUSSIA   


Russia U16 suffered the first loss in Gaziantep - by Eurobasket News
Russia U16 suffered the first loss in Gaziantep as the teams was defeated tonight by Germany. In Day 3 Russia U16 overcame Romania U16 84:58. The favorites opened the game with 21-13 and added 21-20 before the halftime. Romania managed to win the third period 14-13, but Russia finished the game with 29-11. Alexander Martynov
paced all the winners with 19 points and Viacheslav Fedorchenko (188-G-95) netted 18. Vlad Cobzaru collected 17 points and 15 rebounds in the losing effort and Casian Todorov scored 14.
In Day 4 one of the top games and the most interesting games was played between Germany and Russia. The German side needed 80:77 win to tie both records at 3-1. Russia started with 22-21, while both teams nailed 16 points each in the second period. Another third quarter brought 19-19 and only one point separated the teams. In the last one Germany however grabbed 24-20 and won the game by three points. Ismet Akpinar (G-95) stepped up with 28 points for the German team and Janis Stielow (189-G/F-95) added 17. Vasily Martynov erupted with 30 points in the losing case, while Viacheslav Fedorchenko netted 20.




Holden is out approximately for a month - by Eurobasket News
J.R. Holden (185-G-76, college: Bucknell) is out approximately for a month as the player got injured in the game of his CSKA versus Unics. On Sunday the league's leader CSKA Moscow lost to Unics Kazan 54:63 as it ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of CSKA Moscow. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 9 points. Unics Kazan dominated on the defensive end, holding CSKA Moscow to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to CSKA Moscow's 18.
J.R. Holden left the court in the last quarter when he tried to steal the ball from McCarty. However J.R. Holden had a rib injury and will miss now a month of the games.
Meanwhile Maxim Grigoryev (195-G-90) agreed the terms with his Lokomotiv until year 2015. The Russian extended the contract with his team recently.


Baxter's 23 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
31-year old center Lonny Baxter (204-C-79, agency: Priority Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Enisey Krasnoyarsk and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had the game-high 23 points adding four rebounds for Enisey in his team's victory, helping them to beat N.Novgorod (#10, 3-9) 83-74. Enisey maintains the 6th position in Russian league. Enisey 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 6-6 record. Baxter turned to be Enisey's top player in his first season with the team. University of Maryland graduate has very impressive stats this year. Baxter is in league's top in points (6th best: 14.8ppg), rebounds (7th best: 6.0rpg) and averages solid 62.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Eugeny Voronov (193-G-86) of Dynamo Moscow. He is international guard in his first season at Dynamo. In the last game Voronov recorded impressive 33 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Dynamo was edged by the higher-ranked Spartak SP (#5, 7-5) 87-85. Dynamo is still second from the bottom in the standings. 9 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Dynamo managed to get this year. Voronov is a newcomer at Dynamo and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Valery Likhodey (204-F-86) of Triumph Lyubertsy (#7). Likhodey scored 25 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Likhodey's great performance Triumph lost 63-84 to the higher-ranked Lokomotiv (#2, 9-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Triumph can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-8 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Likhodey he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Likhodey has individually a great season in Russia. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.3rpg (3rd best). He also has 1.2bpg and FGP: 56.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sergey Monya (203-F-83) of Khimky - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Egor Vyaltsev (192-G-85) of Triumph - 17 points and 10 assists
6. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82) of Lokomotiv - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ernest Bremer (195-G-80) of Krasnie Krilya - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Andrey Trushkin (206-C/F-81) of Krasnie Krilya - 10 points and 10 rebounds
9. Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) of CSKA - 9 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Marcus Williams (191-G-85) of Enisey - 7 points, 3 rebounds and 10 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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A good start for Rwandan teams in zone 5 - by Kristian Santiago
(Contact FM)

A highly started zone 5 basketball championship with victories in both categories , men and women yesterday at Amahoro Indoor Stadium, Kigali.
The women side defeated Ethiopian side with 98-53 while their male counterparts bulldozed Burundi 98-60. Veceslav Kavedzija the national coach for both sides (men and women) said that he was grateful to his men side after watching them demolishing Burundian side without their 5 key players because of licences.

Darrius Brannon (206-F-83, agency: GOTathletes, college: Houston) from Houston Blaze (USA), Edwin Mbanda from CSK (Rwanda), Kenny Wilson (193-G-84, college: Boise St.) from NH Ostrava (USA) Josh Tarver (191-G-87, college: Oregon St.) from Oregon State University (USA) and Andrew Francis (203-F-85, agency: GOTathletes, college: UTSA) from APR (Rwanda) didnt get the green light to play for Rwanda in the opening match.

I dont know if FIBA will allow them to play other matches of the competition but we will wait and see, its up to the federation to look for their papers Disclosed Veceslav after the macth.

2007 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Hamza Ruhezamihigo (191-G-85) had a game high 25 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Hamza who was down in Afrobasket championship held in Libya in 2009 was the man of the match and showed a spectacular display yesterday.

Kami Kabange (F-84) scored 19; Stanley Thomson (208-C-82, college: Fairfield) added 16 while Matthew Miller (191-G) weighed in with 11points.

Rene Gatogato led Burundis scoring wheels with 13 points.

In the days other games, Uganda was on the losing end.

After falling prey to Kenyas robust men team 76-61, Burundi increased Ugandas misery after a close contest 73-69.

Todays fixtures in women category, Burundi plays Kenya at 2.00p.m, Tanzania plays Rwanda at 4.00p.m, and Ethiopia hosts Uganda at 4.30 P.m.

In men category, Tanzania plays Rwanda at 6.00p.m and Uganda plays Burundi at 6.30 p.m.

Men

Kenya 76-61 Uganda

Rwanda 98-60 Burundi


Women

Uganda 69-73 Burundi

Ethiopia 58-93 Rwanda


Todays fixtures

Burundi vs Kenya 2.00 PM Women Amahoro

Tanzania vs Rwanda 4.00 PM Women Amahoro

Ethiopia vs Uganda 4.30 Pm Women Green Hills School

Tanzania vs Rwanda 6.00 PM Men Amahoro

Uganda vs Burundi 6.30 PM Men Green Hills School




Rwanda named national team for Zone V qualifiers - by Kristian Santiago
Rwanda National Team 2011

Andrew Francis (203-F-85, agency: GOTathletes, college: UTSA) (APR)
Aboubakar Barame (181-G-84) (APR)
Darrius Brannon (206-F-83, agency: GOTathletes, college: Houston) (Houston Blaze/USA)
Edwin Mbanda (CSK)
Kenny Wilson (193-G-84, college: Boise St.) (Texas Fuel/USA)
Jean Louis Habineza (Espoir)
Josh Tarver (191-G-87, college: Oregon St.) (Oregon State University/USA)
Kami Kabange (F-84) (APR)
Matthew Miller (191-G) (APR)
Aristide Mugabe (CSK)
Fiston Muhire (91) (KBC)
Oliver Muhizi (NUR)
Aime Nkusi (195-F-83) (Falcons/Uganda)
Hamza Ruhezamihigo (191-G-85) (Concordia University/Canada)
Stanley Thomson (208-C-82, college: Fairfield) (Cluj/Romania).



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Milutinovic's 19 points and 7 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
20-year old guard Andreja Milutinovic (199-G-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team FMP Zeleznik Beograd and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
He had the game-high 19 points adding seven rebounds and five assists for FMP in his team's victory, helping them to beat Beograd (#2, 15-5) 94-86. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed FMP to consolidate first place in the Serbian league. FMP has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 19-1. Milutinovic has many years of experience at FMP, through which he has constantly improved. Andreja Milutinovic averages this season 13.6ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Sasa Mijajlovic (211-C-80) of Sloga. He is a center in his first season at Sloga. In the last game Mijajlovic recorded impressive double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. Of course Sloga cruised to a 74-63 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Vojvodina (#12, 8-12). This victory allowed Sloga to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-11 record. Mijajlovic is one of the most experienced players at Sloga and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Dragan Zekovic (210-F/C-87, agency: Interperformances) of league's second-best Beograd. Zekovic got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds . Despite Zekovic's great performance Beograd lost 86-94 to #1 ranked FMP. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Beograd needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 15 victories and 5 lost games. Zekovic has a great season in Serbia. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.1ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vuksan Gagovic (202-F-84) of Proleter Naftagas - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Marko Vulin (196-G-83) of Proleter Naftagas - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Goran Pobric (201-F/C-82) of Vojvodina - 18 points and 10 rebounds
7. Maksim Kovacevic (199-G/F-87) of Superfund - 24 points and 7 rebounds
8. Stefan Sinovec (195-G-88) of Metalac - 29 points and 2 rebounds
9. Radomir Marojevic (207-C-81) of Metalac - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Nikola Micevic (196-G-82) of Sloboda Uzice - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Nemanja Knezevic gets MVP of the Week award for Serbian B League - by Eurobasket News
Nemanja Knezevic (203-F-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Vojvodina and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com B League Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 29 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Spartak (#4, 10-6) 91-85. Vojvodina is placed at 8th position in Serbian B League. Vojvodina 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 8-8 record. Knezevic turned to be Vojvodina's top player in his first season with the team. Knezevic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 9.4rpg) and averages solid 1.5bpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old guard Dragan Bjelica (198-G-81) of Viva Basket Beograd. Bjelica impressed basketball fans with 30 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course Viva Basket cruised to a 76-69 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Radnicki OB (#11, 6-10). Viva Basket's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Bjelica is a newcomer at Viva Basket 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 27.0ppg (#1). He also recorded 6.8 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was Miroslav Radic (195-G-84) of Spartak (#4). Radic scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Radic's great performance Spartak lost 85-91 to the lower-ranked Vojvodina (#8, 8-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Spartak needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 10 victories and 6 lost games. Radic has a great season in Serbia. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.4ppg (5th best). He also has FGP: 55.7% and 3PT: 45.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nikola Glisovic (209-C-73) of Student - 20 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Aleksandar Vuletic (203-F/C) of Viva Basket - 13 points and 12 rebounds
6. Marko Boltic (193-G-87) of Radnicki BG - 11 points, 4 rebounds and 13 assists
7. Negoslav Gacic) of Radnicki BG - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Vojin Svilar (188-G-86) of Smederevo - 26 points
9. Milos Trailovic (198-G-81) of Sindjelic Nis - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Dragan Boricic (201-F-77) of Radnicki OB - 14 points and 4 rebounds

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


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Postponed Extraliga Round 22: Leader Nitra gets another victory - by Eurobasket News
Leader Nitra delivered the twentieth first win on Saturday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Vahostav-Zilina (11-16) 83-72. Nitra have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 21-6 record. Vahostav-Zilina lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Svit. Nitra are looking forward to face Handlova (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Vahostav-Zilina will play against the league's second-placed Nova Ves and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
The game in Svit was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Levice (14-13) played at the court of 6th ranked Svit (11-16). Levice managed to secure a 9-point victory 74-65. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Jozef Vojtek (203-85) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 8 rebounds. Mike English contributed with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. American guard Adam McCoy (193-86, college: N.Texas) replied with 23 points for Svit. Levice have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 14-13 record. Svit lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Vahostav-Zilina. Levice will play against bottom-ranked Inter Bratislava (#10) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Svit will play against Komarno (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Nova Ves. Local Nova Ves (19-8) beat 10th ranked Inter Bratislava (9-18) 86-70 on Saturday night. Corey Jefferson scored 19 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Nenad Milosevic responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nova Ves maintains second position with 19-8 record having just two points less than leader Nitra. Inter Bratislava at the other side stay at the bottom place with 18 games lost. Nova Ves will meet Vahostav-Zilina (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Inter Bratislava will play against Levice and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 22 Prievidza was defeated by B.Bystrica in Banska Bystrica 95-87.
The best stats of 22th round was 35 points (!!!), 5 assists and 4 steals by Jeremy Fears of Prievidza.


B.Bystrica - Prievidza 95-87

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 8th ranked Prievidza (10-17) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked SKP Banska Bystrica (10-17) 95-87 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Prievidza won third quarter 27-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when SKP Banska Bystrica won last quarter 25-19. They shot 66.7 percent from the field. Croatian forward Davor Velcic (206-80) scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Vladimir Hovanak (193-82) chipped in 19 points during the contest. Four SKP Banska Bystrica players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Jeremy Fears (196-85, college: Bradley) responded with 35 points (!!!), 5 assists and 4 steals and Czech forward Rostislav Uhlir (198-86) scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. SKP Banska Bystrica moved-up to eighth place, which they share with defeated Prievidza. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
B.Bystrica: V.Hovanak 19+3reb+1ast, R.Grznar 16+3ast, P.Dorazil 16+6reb+1ast, D.Velcic 14+5reb+5ast, R.Korner 9+2reb+1ast, M.Marchyn 8+2reb+1ast
Prievidza: J.Fears 35+1reb+5ast, R.Uhlir 17+9reb, C.Hallett 15+8reb+2ast, D.Boor 8+1reb, L.Storcel 8+3reb, P.Pipiska 4+2reb
gschID: 95657


Vahostav-Zilina - Nitra 72-83

Leader Nitra delivered the twentieth first win on Saturday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Vahostav-Zilina (11-16) 83-72. Nitra have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 21-6 record. Vahostav-Zilina lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Svit. Nitra are looking forward to face Handlova (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Vahostav-Zilina will play against the league's second-placed Nova Ves and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
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Nova Ves - Inter Bratislava 86-70

The game with biggest result difference took place in Nova Ves. Local Nova Ves (19-8) beat 10th ranked Inter Bratislava (9-18) 86-70 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Nova Ves. Inter Bratislava managed to win second period 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nova Ves dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Inter Bratislava's 28. They outrebounded Inter Bratislava 46-30 including a 34-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Nova Ves looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American guard Corey Jefferson (183-85, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) scored 19 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import power forward Louis Johnson (203-86, college: W.Illinois) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Jefferson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side Serbian guard Nenad Milosevic (190-83) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists and British forward Frank Holmes (206-84, college: UAB) scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nova Ves maintains second position with 19-8 record having just two points less than leader Nitra. Inter Bratislava at the other side stay at the bottom place with 18 games lost. Nova Ves will meet Vahostav-Zilina (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Inter Bratislava will play against Levice and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Nova Ves: C.Jefferson 19+6reb+6ast, S.Baldovsky 15+4reb+1ast, L.Johnson 14+9reb+1ast, M.Batka 12+8reb, M.Bartos 11+5reb+2ast, P.Mroz 7+7reb+4ast
Inter Bratislava: F.Holmes 19+7reb, N.Milosevic 12+10reb+8ast, R.Kucsa 11+2reb+1ast, P.Micuda 11+3reb+1ast, A.Lukjanec 8+2reb+1ast, S.Gavran 4+2reb
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Svit - Levice 65-74

The game in Svit was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Levice (14-13) played at the court of 6th ranked Svit (11-16). Levice managed to secure a 9-point victory 74-65. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-14. But Svit won second period 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Svit 43-31 including 31 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Jozef Vojtek (203-85) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 8 rebounds. contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. Four Levice players scored in double figures. American guard Adam McCoy (193-86, college: N.Texas) replied with 23 points and forward Vincent Polakovic (203-84, college: USF) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Svit. Levice have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 14-13 record. Svit lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Vahostav-Zilina. Levice will play against bottom-ranked Inter Bratislava (#10) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Svit will play against Komarno (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Levice: J.Vojtek 23+8reb+2ast, D.Toroman 16+4reb+1ast, M.English 10+8reb+11ast, M.Bernard 10+8reb+3ast, R.Urland 4+7reb+1ast, L.Lutovsky 4+1reb+1ast
Svit: A.McCoy 23+2reb, V.Polakovic 11+7reb+2ast, E.Znanec 10+5reb, M.Bilik 9+4reb+1ast, P.Cosic 8+2reb+9ast, S.Votroubek 2+6reb+1ast
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Nitra agreed with Raitis Grafs - by Martin Bosko
29-years old Latvian center Raitis Grafs (208-C-81, college: Valparaiso) signed one week contract with BK SPU Nitra. He came to Nitra like injury replacement for Branislav Tomek. If coach is satisfied with his performance in next two games, he stays till end of season. He has lot of experience from EuroCup. This season he played for VEF Riga and Barons Riga. He has played for Latvian national team since 1997. Nitra has three import players, so coach could choose only from bosman A centers.

Michael English agreed terms with Levice - by Eurobasket News
Michael English (194-F/G-82, college: UMKC) agreed terms with Levice and already played for the Slovakian team. The American player collected 10 points, 11 assists and 8 rebounds in his opener. Fifth ranked Levice (14-13) played at the court of 6th ranked Svit (11-16). Levice managed to secure a 9-point victory 74-65. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-14. But Svit won second period 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Svit 43-31 including 31 on the defensive glass. Svit will play against Komarno (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Michael English is an American Shooting Guard / Small Forward that started his career in Kaskaskia College. Last season he played for Atomeromu SE Paks (Hungary-A Division, starting five), but was released in Jan.'10. After 15 games he averaged 12.8ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.9apg), Steals-5 (2.6spg), FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 24.4%, FT: 74.5%.



Standings - D1
Extraliga Standings
 1. Nitra 21-6 
 2. Nova Ves 19-8 
 3. Handlova 15-12 
 4. Komarno 15-12 
 5. Levice 14-13 
 6. Svit 11-16 
 7. Vahostav-Zilina 11-16 
 8. Prievidza 10-17 
 9. B.Bystrica 10-17 
 10. Inter Bratislava 9-18 


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Adam MCCOY
  Svit
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. McCoy, Svit26.6 
 2. Booker, Prievidza23.1 
 3. Fears, Prievidza23.0 
 4. Burrows, Komarno22.7 
 5. Delic, Handlova20.5 
 6. Sapp, Pezinok20.2 
 7. Carter, Vahostav.20.1 
 8. Tomek, Nitra19.4 
 9. Jackson, Komarno19.2 
 10. Johnson, Nova Ves17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Branislav TOMEK
  Nitra
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Tomek, Nitra12.4 
 2. Jackson, Komarno11.2 
 3. Delic, Handlova9.1 
 4. Erwin, Nitra9.0 
 5. Johnson, Nova Ves8.4 
 6. Micuda, Pezinok8.2 
 7. Carter, Vahostav.8.2 
 8. Velcic, B.Bystrica7.7 
 9. Burrows, Komarno7.6 
 10. Dorazil, Svit7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Nitra
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Moore, Nitra6.9 
 2. Jones, Komarno6.4 
 3. Jefferson, Nova Ves5.8 
 4. Booker, Prievidza5.5 
 5. Fears, Prievidza4.9 
 6. Gavlak, Handlova4.8 
 7. Kostomaj, Levice4.8 
 8. Sapp, Pezinok4.4 
 9. Wheeler, Inter B.4.1 
 10. Milosevic, Pezinok4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Prievidza
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Fears, Prievidza2.8 
 2. Nuber, Handlova2.5 
 3. Carter, Vahostav.2.5 
 4. Moore, Nitra2.3 
 5. Jones, Komarno2.1 
 6. Jefferson, Nova Ves2.1 
 7. Sapp, Pezinok2.0 
 8. Velcic, B.Bystrica1.9 
 9. Erwin, Nitra1.8 
 10. Kucsa, Inter B.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Peter MICUDA
  Inter Bratislava
  (206-C-72)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Micuda, Pezinok1.9 
 2. Votroubek, Svit1.7 
 3. Jackson, Komarno1.4 
 4. Batka, Nova Ves1.3 
 5. Mroz, Nova Ves1.3 
 6. Carter, Vahostav.0.9 
 7. Burrows, Komarno0.9 
 8. Erwin, Nitra0.8 
 9. McCoy, Svit0.8 
 10. Tomek, Nitra0.8 


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  SLOVENIA   


Slovenai U16 recorded another two wins - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia U16 recorded another win at the International Tournament for U16 teams in Turkey beating Bulgaria U16 72:63 in Day 3. Trailing 17-21, Slovenia won the second period 22-13 and then finished the game with 22-12 in the last stanza. Matic Rebec top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Luka Kokol (189-G-95) as well as Nejc Zupan added 14 apiece. Nikolai Georgiev replied with 20 points in the losing effort, while Aleksandar Vezenkov scored 19.
Slovenia U16 cruised past Georgia U16 89:56 in Day 4 of the International Tournament for U16 teams in Turkey. Slovenia took the lead from the first minutes and had 14-6 lead after the first 10 minutes. After another 23-20 in the second frame the favorites enjoyed 39:26 halftime advantage. Another 33-12 in the third period allowed them to go on a bigger lead and win the game. Aleksej Nikolic (178-G-95) stepped up with 21 points and Blaz Abram (177-G) scored 16. Beka Darakhvelidze replied with 22 points in defeat and Zezva Liluashvili netted 10.




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Bilbao gives 3-year extension to Katsikaris - by Eurobasket News
Bilbao Basket announced signing of 3-year contract extension with their Head Coach Fotis Katsikaris (agency: FCM ). The Greek specialist took over them in January of 2010. Bilbao reached EuroCup Semifinals last season.
Before Bilbao, Fotis Katsikaris (agency: FCM ) worked with Aris, Pamesa, Dynamo St Petersburg and AEK. His team currently has 11-9 record in ACB.


Miso's 15 points and 9 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old guard Andres Miso (199-G-83, agency: Interperformances) put on an amazing game in the last round for CAI Zaragoza and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
He had the game-high 15 points adding three rebounds and nine assists for CAI Zaragoza in his team's victory, helping them to beat Granada (#18, 3-17) 75-66. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. CAI Zaragoza maintains the 12th position in Spanish league. CAI Zaragoza 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 9-11 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Miso as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Andres Miso averages this season 7.8ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Coby Karl (196-G-83) of Granada. He is American guard in his first season at Granada. In the last game Karl recorded impressive 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Granada lost that game 66-75 to the higher-ranked CAI Zaragoza (#12, 9-11). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Granada is still at the dead bottom 18th position. 17 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Granada managed to get this year. Karl is a newcomer at Granada and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Louis Bullock (185-G-76) of Cajasol Sevilla (#10). Bullock scored 25 points. He was a key player of Cajasol, leading his team to a 77-67 win against the lower-ranked Meridiano (#16, 6-14). Cajasol needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 10 lost games. Bullock has a great season in Spain. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 13.2ppg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sergio Sanchez (190-G-81) of Estudiantes - 16 points and 10 assists
5. Augusto Cesar Lima (206-C-91) of Granada - 16 points and 13 rebounds
6. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83) of Gran Canaria - 26 points and 7 rebounds
7. Paolo Quinteros (186-G-79) of CAI Zaragoza - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Quinton Hosley (198-G/F-84) of DKV Joventut - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Justin Doellman (206-F-85) of Meridiano - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) of Caja Laboral - 12 points, 12 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)


Frost's double-double lands him LEB Gold Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
30-year old center Timothy Frost (208-C-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for Palencia and receives a Eurobasket.com LEB Gold Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds, while his team outclassed Leon (#4, 15-6) with 31-point margin 91-60. Palencia maintains the 17th position in Spanish LEB Gold. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 15 games and recorded just six victories. Frost turned to be Palencia's top player in his first season with the team. University of Utah graduate has very impressive stats this year. Frost is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 7.6rpg) and averages solid 56.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Juan Palacios (203-F-85) of U.B. La Palma. He is Colombian forward in his second season at La Palma. In the last game Palacios recorded impressive 22 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course La Palma cruised to a 63-52 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Breogan (#12, 8-13). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. La Palma keeps 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-11 record. Palacios is well-known at La Palma and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.8ppg (#2). He also registered 6.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Jorge Jimenez (182-G-81) of Melilla Baloncesto (#7). Jimenez scored 23 points and passed six assists. He was a key player of Melilla, leading his team to a 85-84 win against the lower-ranked Huesca (#16, 6-15). Melilla needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 10 lost games. Jimenez has a great season in Spain. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 3.6apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dwayne Curtis (203-C-85) of Lleida - 15 points and 12 rebounds
5. Miguel Montanana (206-F/C-80) of Melilla - 11 points and 10 rebounds
6. Ignacio Ordin (184-G-78) of Girona - 24 points and 4 rebounds
7. Mildon Ambres (198-F/G-84) of Lleida - 21 points and 6 rebounds
8. Ricardo Guillen (205-F/C-76) of La Laguna - 22 points and 9 rebounds
9. Taylor Coppenrath (205-F-81) of CB Murcia - 16 points and 5 rebounds
10. Kiril Wachsmann (203-F-83) of Alcazar - 14 points and 13 rebounds

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


Vicens' 17 points and 7 rebounds give him LEB Silver Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
20-year old center Antoni Jaume Vicens (202-C-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for Mallorca and receives a Eurobasket.com LEB Silver Player of the Week award for round 19.
He had the game-high 17 points adding seven rebounds and three assists for Mallorca in his team's victory, helping them to beat Guadalajara (#14, 5-12) 82-68. Mallorca maintains the 3rd position in Spanish LEB Silver. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Mallorca will need more victories to improve their 14-4 record. In the team's last game Vicens had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Antoni Jaume Vicens averages this season 11.5ppg and 6.1rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Victor Hidalgo (204-C-86) of Leyma Basquet Coruna. He is a center in his first season at Coruna. In the last game Hidalgo recorded impressive 20 points and 6 rebounds. Bad luck as Coruna was edged by the higher-ranked Prat Juventud (#7, 9-9) 70-69. Coruna is still in a red zone at 12th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-12 record. Hidalgo is a newcomer at Coruna and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Cristopher Mortellaro (206-F/C-82) of Lan Mobel ISB (#11). Mortellaro scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Mortellaro's great performance Lan Mobel ISB lost 68-69 to the lower-ranked Illescas (#15, 5-13). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Lan Mobel ISB not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 12 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Mortellaro could try to bring Lan Mobel ISB's a little bit higher in the standings. Mortellaro has individually a great season in Spain. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.0ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 7.8rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Matt Witt (183-G-84) of Clavijo - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Ruben Martinez (196-F-85) of Plasencia - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Deforrest Smith (198-G/F-84) of Guadalajara - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Edward Cage (203-F/C-78) of ADT Tarragona - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Alvaro Munoz (195-F-90) of Illescas - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Guilherme Gitterer (205-C-85) of Plasencia - 14 points and 7 rebounds
10. Alejandro Gonzalez (187-G-80) of Oviedo Feve - 12 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)


January MVP: Juan Carlos Navarro, Regal FC Barcelona - by Eurobasket News
One of world basketball's signature superstars arrived to the Top 16 coming off the least-productive two months of his Euroleague career, including his longest absence from the competition due to injury. Three amazing weeks later, Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) is Euroleague Basketball's choice as Sportingbet January MVP. The first half of the Top 16 proved one thing for certain: 'La Bomba' is back, as evidenced by Regal F.C. Barcelona's unbeaten 3-0 record and Navarro's place atop the scoring charts. After scoring only 24 points over an eight-game span since October - and not playing half of those due to a back injury - Navarro scored at least that many in each of the first two Top 16 games. The first of those was a double-digit victory over the best team of the regular season, Maccabi Electra, ending its nine-game win streak. In that game, Navarro moved up to second place on the Euroleague's all-time scoring list. The second victory, thanks to Navarros game-winning shot on the road, was Union Olimpija's first home loss all season. By the time of its third victory, against Lottomatica Roma at home last week, Barcelona had become one of just three undefeated teams at the Top 16's halfway mark. Among those 3-0 teams, Navarro had the most points, most free throws and highest performance index rating. He also tied for the most three-point shots made and distributed the second-most assists. Most of all, with the Top 16 pressure turned up on all teams, Navarro seized the moment to put Barcelona's title defense back on track after a slightly rocky regular season. For all those reasons, Juan Carlos Navarro can add the Sportingbet January MVP award to his long list of accolades!

The Sportingbet MVP of the Month award now is in its seventh season. Although statistics and performance ratings are taken into consideration for the award, they alone do not determine who is honored. The winner is named by Euroleague Basketball based on his and his team's performance. The award for January was based upon the two Top 16 games played during that month and another played on February 2 and 3. Sportingbet, a Euroleague Basketball partner, is the sponsor of the MVP of the Month award. Just as the best Euroleague player each month combines performance and leadership for success, so does Sportingbet's sponsorship communicate its conviction to be the best betting brand in European basketball.

In a Top 16 opener that created huge buzz, last season's champion, Barcelona, hosted the regular season's best team, Maccabi. Navarro welcomed the visitors with a barrage of 3 three-pointers early in the first quarter. The third of those pushed Navarro past 2,500 points for his career, making him just the second Euroleague player, behind Marcus Brown, to achieve that mark. Later, Navarro helped finish an 81-71 victory with 6 points down the stretch that gave him 24 points to go with 5 assists and 8 fouls drawn for a performance index rating of 27, matching the highest against Maccabi all season. If all his points were scored on three-pointers and free throws against Maccabi, on the road the next week in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Navarro took another route to the basket. By making 7 of 7 two-pointers on his way to 27 points, Navarro recorded his fourth-best scoring performance in his 190 Euroleague games since 2000. His last basket, on a running step-back shot with 90 seconds left, held up as the game winner as Barcelona escaped 67-68 before 13,000 fans of Union Olimpija. Against both Maccabi and Olimpija, Navarro played more than 35 minutes, something he had not done in back-to-back Euroleague games for an entire decade. Fortunately, his back was just as healthy the following week against Roma, when Barcelona needed him for no more than 24 minutes, in which he scored 13 points and dished 5 assists in a handy 80-56 victory. Over the first three games of the Top 16, Navarro had averaged 21.3 points, more than double his regular season average and a scoring rate that only three players in nine seasons have bettered over the course of an entire Top 16.

At 30 years old, Navarro has one of the fullest trophy cases in the sport of basketball. He is the reigning Final Four MVP, a former full-season Euroleague MVP and a four-time All-Euroleague First Team member. This will be his third monthly MVP award following January of 2006 and April of last season, when his Playoffs performance launched Barcelona to its latest continental title. With Barcelona, Navarro is a two-time Euroleague champion, having also won in 2003, and five-time Spanish League champion. He is also a reigning European champion, Olympic silver medalist and a former World Champion with the Spanish national team. The first three games of the Top 16 showed his fans, teammates and opponents that, despite the longest injury of his Euroleague career, Navarro's drive to add put his team back on the Final Four stage in their hometown of Barcelona this spring is as strong as ever. Juan Carlos Navarro will collect his latest trophy, the Sportingbet January MVP award, at an upcoming Euroleague home game.

Courtesy of Euroleague


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Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Sundsvall 21-5 
 2. LF Basket 19-8 
 3. Sodertalje 17-9 
 4. Norrkoping 16-8 
 5. Uppsala 13-12 
 6. Solna 13-15 
 7. Boras 11-16 
 8. Jamtland 8-18 
 9. 08 6-17 
 10. Eco Orebro 5-21 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Darius HARGROVE
  Jamtland
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Hargrove, Jamtland21.3 
 2. Smith, Uppsala20.4 
 3. Smith, Sodertalje20.4 
 4. Rush, Sundsvall20.3 
 5. Wesby, Sundsvall19.0 
 6. McCoy, Boras19.0 
 7. Gunnarsson, Solna18.6 
 8. Palm, Boras18.5 
 9. Klaric, Jamtland17.2 
 10. Kjellbom, Norrkoping16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sundsvall
  (200-F/C-82)
  Avg: 11
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.11.0 
 2. McKnight, Boras9.2 
 3. Palm, Boras9.1 
 4. Kosmalski, Solna8.6 
 5. Constantine, Solna7.9 
 6. Kjellbom, Norrkoping7.8 
 7. Walker, Solna7.5 
 8. Kohlmaier, Uppsala7.3 
 9. Klaric, Jamtland7.0 
 10. Cipriano, Eco O.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket6.4 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.4 
 3. Beck, 084.9 
 4. Smith, Uppsala4.5 
 5. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.5 
 6. McCoy, Boras4.4 
 7. Hargrove, Jamtland4.4 
 8. Chuk, Sodertalje4.4 
 9. Hellgren, Jamtland4.3 
 10. Smith, Sodertalje4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Smith, Sodertalje3.7 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket3.4 
 3. Smith, Uppsala2.2 
 4. Hellgren, Jamtland2.1 
 5. Rush, Sundsvall2.1 
 6. Baeringsson, Sunds.1.9 
 7. McCoy, Boras1.9 
 8. Eriksson, Uppsala1.8 
 9. Wesby, Sundsvall1.8 
 10. McKnight, Boras1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bilal SALAAM
  Jamtland
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Salaam, Jamtland2.0 
 2. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.8 
 3. Palm, Boras1.7 
 4. Rosendahl, LF Ba.1.6 
 5. Kohlmaier, Uppsala1.2 
 6. Constantine, Solna1.1 
 7. Cipriano, Eco O.1.1 
 8. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.1 
 9. Walker, Solna1.0 
 10. Galick, Sodertalje0.8 


Tyrone Levett gets MVP of the Week award for Swedish Basketligan - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Tyrone Levett (195-G/F-80) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best LF Basket and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 30-year old swingman had the game-high 25 points adding five rebounds and six assists for LF Basket in his team's victory, helping them to beat Norrkoping (#4, 16-8) 101-93. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. LF Basket maintains the 2nd position in Swedish Basketligan. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. LF Basket will need more victories to improve their 19-8 record. In the team's last game Levett had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be LF Basket's top player in his first season with the team. Tyrone Levett averages this season 16.3ppg and 6.5rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 22-year old American forward Adam Constantine (206-F-88, agency: Strategic Sports) of Solna. Constantine impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 17 points and 22 rebounds. Of course he lead Solna to another comfortable win 65-51 over the lower-ranked Eco Orebro (#10, 5-21) being unquestionably team leader. Solna's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-15 record. Constantine is one of the most experienced players at Solna and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Christopher McKnight (201-F-87) of Boras Basket (#7). McKnight scored 24 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Boras, leading his team to a 118-81 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Jamtland (#8, 8-18). The chances of Boras ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 16 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, McKnight could help Boras to bring them higher in the standings. McKnight has a great season in Sweden. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.2rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michael Palm (208-C-79) of Boras - 27 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Alex Wesby (196-G-80) of Sundsvall - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Terrance Woodbury (201-G/F-86) of LF Basket - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Henrik Carlsson (193-G-80) of Boras - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Christopher Ryan (196-G-90) of Boras - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Kellen McCoy (168-G-87) of Boras - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Rudy Mbemba (181-G-87) of LF Basket - 11 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists

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


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Jean Abed El Nour leads Riyadi past Jeish - by Eurobasket News
Jeish - Riyadi 87:94

Riyadi claimed the first win in the WABA League quarterfinal series. They knocked down Jeish in Damascus to surge ahead. Riyadi will now host Jeish in Beirut on February 21. Jean Abed El Nour (197-G/F-83, agency: Pro Management Agency) unleashed 30 points to lead the Lebanese team to the victory.
Riyadi spurred in front right from the beginning. They posted a 22:19 lead after ten minutes of action. Jeish managed to slow their opponents down in the second period. They trailed by three points at halftime. Riyadi however stepped on the gas once again in the third term. They knocked down 23 points to boost the lead to 7 points with ten minutes to go. Jeish could not recover in the final period as Jean Abed El Nour and Nathanel Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) paced the visitors to the victory.
Nathanel Johnson delivered 25 points for Riyadi. Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) and William Pharis (206-F/C-81, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Arkansas) contributed 14 points each in the win. Nour Al Saman (188-G-78) responded with 23 points for Jeish. Christien Charles (213-F/C-81, college: Villanova) had 20 points and 9 boards in the losing effort.

Jeish: Nour Al Saman 23, Christien Charles 20
Riyadi: Jean Abed El Nour 30, Nathanel Johnson 25, Loren Woods 14, William Pharis 14



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  TURKEY   


Galatasaray part ways with Taylor Rochesti - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray decided to split ways with Taylor Rochestie (185-G-85, college: Washington St.). The 25-year-old guard joined the Turkish team at the start of the season. He averaged 7.9 points, 3.5 boards and 3.1 assists per game in TBL. In EuroCup his stats read 6.0 points, 3.2 boards and 2.5 assists per appearance. Last season Taylor Rochestie played for Goettingen in Germany. He tallied 14.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game in EuroCup. In Bundesliga the guard posted 15.1 points, 3.2 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game.


Gaziantep holds an International Tournament. Day 3 and Day 4 results - by Eurobasket News
Group A

In Day 3 Russia U16 overcame Romania U16 84:58. The favorites opened the game with 21-13 and added 21-20 before the halftime. Romania managed to win the third period 14-13, but Russia finished the game with 29-11. Alexander Martynov paced all the winners with 19 points and Viacheslav Fedorchenko (188-G-95) netted 18. Vlad Cobzaru collected 17 points and 15 rebounds in the losing effort and Casian Todorov scored 14.
Ukraine U16 beat Puerto Rico U16 79:74 to taste the first victory at the International Tournament in Turkey. Both teams nailed 20 points in the start of the game and struggled for the initial victory in the group so far. Ukraine needed 25-12 in the second frame to take the lead and never looked back after. The team from Latin America won the third and last quarters with the same 21-17 score but could only reduce the gap. Berezhnyi Vladlen paced all the winners with 22 points and Anton Dzyuba notched 21. Miguel A. Cartagena Reyes responded with 23 points in defeat and Bryan David Rodriguez Moreno had 13.
Turkey U16 won its third straight game at home defeating Germany U16 71:61. The hosts started with 24-9 and added 14-13 in the second frame. Germany meanwhile responded with 16-14 in the third quarter and came close to 10 points after 23-19 in the last stanza. Cedi Osman and Metecan Birsen scored 14 points each to keep the hosts undefeated, while Ayberk Guleryuz (204-C-95) nailed 11. Gavin Schilling answered with 15 points in the losing effort, whilst Ismet Akpinar (G-95) posted 12.

In Day 4 one of the top games and the most interesting games was played between Germany and Russia. The German side needed 80:77 win to tie both records at 3-1. Russia started with 22-21, while both teams nailed 16 points each in the second period. Another third quarter brought 19-19 and only one point separated the teams. In the last one Germany however grabbed 24-20 and won the game by three points. Ismet Akpinar stepped up with 28 points for the German team and Janis Stielow added 17. Vasily Martynov erupted with 30 points in the losing case, while Viacheslav Fedorchenko netted 20.
Puerto Rico U16 celebrated the initial win at the International Tournament in Turkey as the team outscored Romania U16 77:65 in Day 4. Trailing 8-23 after the first period, the Latin American team needed to win all three other quarters. They produced 24-16 in the second frame and added 15-14 in the third one. Moreover due to 25-12 in the last stanza Puerto Rico improved to 1-3 record in Group A. Eliel Josue Gonzalez Gomez top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Miguel A. Cartagena Reyes poured in 17. Vlad Popovic answered with 19 points and 20 rebounds in defeat and Mehmet Hortoglu posted 17.
Turkey overcame Ukraine 84:73 to close day 4 of the International Tournament. In the last game of the Group the hosts started with 29-25, but allowed Ukrainian team to win the second frame 16-15. Turkey was stronger in the third quarter 21-10 that was decisive in the game. Dogukan Sanli led the way with 18 points and Metecan Birsen collected 17 points and 10 rebounds. Berezhnyi Vladlen finished the night with 18 points and 11 caroms for Ukraine and Igor Boyarkin scored 15.

Group B
France and China opened Day 3 in Group B at the International Tournament for U16 teams in Turkey. The Asian team grabbed 69:67 win to remain undefeated after a real thriller in the court. China easily won the first period 21-13 and added 22-17 in the second quarter. The European team however replied with 20-8 and then lost the last quarter 17-18. Qi Zhou led the way with 19 points and 8 rebounds, while Xiaopeng Guo nailed 15. Olivier Yao-Delon ended up with 21 points in the losing effort and Lucas Paoletti scored 10.
Iran U16 grabbed the first win at the International Tournament for U16 teams in Turkey as they handed 62:50 loss to Georgia U16. Iran opened the game with 18-8, but Georgia had massive 29-8 in the second period. The third period became a disaster for Georgia that could not score a point, losing 0-19 in the frame. Iran added 17-13 in the last frame for the final success. Vahid Dalrizahan paced all the winners with 21 points and 15 rebounds, while Alireza Mortazavi scored 10. Sandro Bolkvadze ended up with 18 points and 8 rebounds in defeat and Nugzar Abuladze followed him with 12.
Slovenia U16 recorded another win at the International Tournament for U16 teams in Turkey beating Bulgaria U16 72:63 in Day 3. Trailing 17-21, Slovenia won the second period 22-13 and then finished the game with 22-12 in the last stanza. Matic Rebec top-scored for the winners with 15 points and .Luka Kokol as well as Nejc Zupan added 14 apiece. Nikolai Georgiev replied with 20 points in the losing effort, while Aleksandar Vezenkov (203-F/G-95) scored 19.

France U16 recovered from the loss over China in Day 3 and beat Bulgaria U16 61:55. The latter led by Aleksandar Vezenkov enjoyed the lead at the halftime, but managed to lose the last two periods and the game itself. France produced 19-11 in the third period and won the game due to 20-12 in the last period. Damien Inglis led the way with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Alexandre Karolak netted 9. Aleksandar Vezenkov exploded with 28 points for Bulgaria and Vasil Stoimenov notched 10.
Slovenia U16 cruised past Georgia U16 89:56 in Day 4 of the International Tournament for U16 teams in Turkey. Slovenia took the lead from the first minutes and had 14-6 lead after the first 10 minutes. After another 23-20 in the second frame the favorites enjoyed 39:26 halftime advantage. Another 33-12 in the third period allowed them to go on a bigger lead and win the game. Aleksej Nikolic stepped up with 21 points and Blaz Abram scored 16. Beka Darakhvelidze replied with 22 points in defeat and Zezva Liluashvili netted 10.
China U16 beat Iran U16 74:51 to take 4-0 record in Group B. It was a tough start as China managed to take only 14-13 lead after the first 10 minutes, while later they produced 21-9 in the second period. China won also the third and the last quarters to remain undefeated. Jiwei Zhao paced all the winners with 14 points and Ning Pan posted 13. Vafa Sabetrasekhi ended up with 18 points for Iran and Vahagan Gharibian had 13.




TB2L Round 16 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with derby games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most interesting game of round 16 was only one-point a home defeat of 8th ranked Istanbul B.B. (7-9) to sixth ranked Final Genclik (8-8) 64-63. Worth to mention a great performance of Costa Rican center Hernold Gardener (205-82, college: Lon Morris JC) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and guard Sayit Ay (185-80) who added 10 points and 6 assists during the contest. At the losing side American center Dane Johnson (208-86, college: Hofstra) responded with 9 points and 15 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Final Genclik maintains sixth position in Group A with 8-8 record, which they share with Pertevniyal. Istanbul B.B. lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Darussafaka. Final Genclik is looking forward to face league's leader Genc Banvit in Balikesir in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Istanbul B.B. will play on the road against Orman Genc (#4) in Ankara and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Important game to mention about took place in Balikesir. First ranked Genc Banvit (13-3) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Usak (10-6) 77-76 on Saturday evening. The winners were led by Serbian power forward Marko Kolaric (213-84, college: Chaminade) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Erolcan Cinko supported him with 23 points. Even 18 points by American forward Larry Smith (193-83, college: Post) did not help to save the game for Usak. Genc Banvit have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group A with 13-3 record, which they share with Vestel. Usak at the other side keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Genc Banvit will play against Final Genclik (#6) in Bursa in the next round where they are favorite. Usak will play at home against Genc Telekom in Ankara and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Seventh-ranked Akhisar Bld (7-9) gave a tough game to second ranked Kepez Bld (12-4) on Saturday. The visitors from Antalya managed to secure only three-point victory 72-69. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Akhisar Bld. Marcus Hall fired 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Tyrone Nelson produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for lost side. Kepez Bld maintains second position in Group B with 12-4 record behind leader Genc Banvit, which they share with Hacettepe Univ. Loser Akhisar Bld dropped to the eighth place with nine games lost. Kepez Bld will meet at home Hacettepe Univ. (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Akhisar Bld will play against Gaziantep (#4) and hope to secure a win.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Manisa. Second ranked host Vestel (13-3) smashed 3rd ranked Orman Genc (11-5) 99-77. It was a very good performance for Sertay Gursu who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Vestel have an impressive six-game winning streak. They keep a position of Group A leader, which they share with Genc Banvit. Orman Genc at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. Vestel's next round opponent will be Pertevniyal (#7) in Istanbul where they are favorite. Orman Genc will play at home against Istanbul B.B. (#9).
TB2L top team - Optimum TED (15-1) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat fifth ranked Selcuk Universitesi (9-7) in Konya 69-60. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Selcuk Universitesi. Worth to mention a quality performance of Hakan Yapar who helped to win the game recording 15 points. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Optimum TED have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group B with 15-1 record. Loser Selcuk Universitesi keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. Optimum TED will face Beykoz (#10) in Istanbul in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Selcuk Universitesi will play on the road against Istanbulspor (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 16:
In Group A Pertevniyal won against Izmir B.B. on the opponent's court 79-70. Genc Telekom managed to outperform Adanaspor in a home game 79-68. Darussafaka managed to beat FMV Isikspor on the road 58-55.
In Group B Beykoz was defeated by Gaziantep on its own court 63-65. TED Istanbul beat ITU in a road game 70-64. Basaksehir lost to Istanbulspor at home 66-71. Gelisim was outscored by Hacettepe Univ. on the opponent's court 54-76.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 30 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists by Can Ugur Ogut of Genc Telekom.



Group A
Izmir B.B. - Pertevniyal 70-79

Very expected game when 12th ranked Izmir B.B. (1-15) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Pertevniyal (8-8) 79-70 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Ali Isik (205-90) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds and guard Can Korkmaz (187-92, agency: Beo Basket) who added 17 points during the contest. Four Pertevniyal players scored in double figures. Pertevniyal's coach Omer Dogu Kanig used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Mustafa Arslantas (-83) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and forward Omur Gokcepinar (196-80) scored 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Pertevniyal have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place in Group A, which they share with Final Genclik. Newly promoted Izmir B.B. keeps the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Pertevniyal will face league's second-placed Vestel in Manisa in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Izmir B.B. will play on the road against Darussafaka (#8) in Istanbul.
Top scorers:
Pertevniyal: C.Korkmaz 17+4reb+3ast, B.Can 13+6reb, A.Isik 12+14reb+2ast, B.Yuksel 11+6reb+1ast, Y.Can 8+1ast, C.Osman 7+2ast
Izmir B.B.: M.Arslantas 14+10reb, O.Topcu 12+2reb+5ast, M.Ozmutlu 9+3reb+2ast, O.Gokcepinar 9+7reb+4ast, U.Ozciger 8+5reb+3ast, E.Demirer 7+7reb+1ast
gschID: 112470


Vestel - Orman Genc 99-77

The game between Top Four teams took place in Manisa. Second ranked host Vestel (13-3) smashed 3rd ranked Orman Genc (11-5) 99-77. Vestel players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a very good performance for Sertay Gursu (-87, agency: EM-PA) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 assists. Guard Bugra Gacemer (187-83) contributed with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Four Vestel players scored in double figures. Forward Hasan Karabulut (202-81) replied with 17 points and 5 rebounds and Canadian forward Ryan Wright (206-87, college: Oklahoma) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Orman Genc. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Vestel have an impressive six-game winning streak. They keep a position of Group A leader, which they share with Genc Banvit. Orman Genc at the other side keeps the third place with five games lost. Vestel's next round opponent will be Pertevniyal (#7) in Istanbul where they are favorite. Orman Genc will play at home against Istanbul B.B. (#9).
Top scorers:
Vestel: S.Gursu 19+4reb+5ast, H.Cantopcu 13+1reb+1ast, H.Gungor 11+4reb, A.Johnson 10+5reb, B.Gacemer 10+5reb+8ast, S.Ugrasan 8+1reb+2ast
Orman Genc: H.Karabulut 17+5reb+2ast, A.Denk 15+2ast, R.Wright 12+5reb, M.Alemdar 7+1reb+3ast, Y.Poturoglu 6+2reb, O.Nart 5+1reb
gschID: 112471


Genc Telekom - Adanaspor 79-68

Very predictable result in Ankara where fourth ranked Genc Telekom (11-5) defeated 10th ranked Adanaspor (4-12) 79-68 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Can Ugur Ogut (178-92) who helped to win the game recording 30 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his seven free throws) and naturalized Azerbaijan power forward Orhan Haciyeva (201-89) who added 10 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four Genc Telekom players scored in double figures. At the losing side American center Jason Keep (208-78, college: San Diego, agency: Diamond Athletes Agency) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists and naturalized Uzbekistani center Deniz Gokay (205-78) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Adanaspor's coach Behcet Uner rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Genc Telekom have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place in Group A, which they share with Orman Genc. Newly promoted Adanaspor keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. Genc Telekom will face Usak (#5) on the road in the next round. Adanaspor will play against FMV Isikspor (#11) in Istanbul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Genc Telekom: C.Ugur Ogut 30+5reb+5ast, O.Haciyeva 10+8reb+1ast, G.Karabiyik 10+3reb, I.Gokalp 10+2ast, M.Erensoy 9+5reb, S.Gunes 6+1reb+1ast
Adanaspor: J.Keep 21+17reb+5ast, D.Gokay 15+7reb+2ast, T.Aktulgali 10+1reb+3ast, D.Guney 9+1reb+4ast, B.Erdogan 8+1reb+3ast, E.Koc 3+1ast
gschID: 112472


Genc Banvit - Usak 77-76

Important game to mention about took place in Balikesir. First ranked Genc Banvit (13-3) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Usak (10-6) 77-76 on Saturday evening. They outrebounded Usak 37-22 including 16 on the offensive glass. Genc Banvit brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. The winners were led by Serbian power forward Marko Kolaric (213-84, college: Chaminade) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and guard Erolcan Cinko (188-90) supported him with 23 points. Even 18 points by American forward Larry Smith (193-83, college: Post) did not help to save the game for Usak. Guard Gokhan Sunter (196-80, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 15 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Four Usak players scored in double figures. Genc Banvit have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group A with 13-3 record, which they share with Vestel. Usak at the other side keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Genc Banvit will play against Final Genclik (#6) in Bursa in the next round where they are favorite. Usak will play at home against Genc Telekom in Ankara and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Genc Banvit: E.Cinko 23+3reb+3ast, U.Gurgen 17+8reb+3ast, M.Kolaric 17+12reb+2ast, M.Turkyilmaz 9+8reb+3ast, A.Canititiz 7+1reb+3ast, C.Sekeroglu 4+1reb
Usak: L.Smith 18+4reb+1ast, G.Sunter 15+5reb, U.Yanar 11+3reb+1ast, E.Algin 10+3reb, C.Coskun 8+3reb, E.Sinanoglu 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 112473


Istanbul B.B. - Final Genclik 63-64

The most interesting game of round 16 was only one-point a home defeat of 8th ranked Istanbul B.B. (7-9) to sixth ranked Final Genclik (8-8) 64-63. Worth to mention a great performance of Costa Rican center Hernold Gardener (205-82, college: Lon Morris JC) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and guard Sayit Ay (185-80) who added 10 points and 6 assists during the contest. At the losing side American center Dane Johnson (208-86, college: Hofstra) responded with 9 points and 15 rebounds and Recep Dogrusoz (-86) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Final Genclik maintains sixth position in Group A with 8-8 record, which they share with Pertevniyal. Istanbul B.B. lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Darussafaka. Final Genclik is looking forward to face league's leader Genc Banvit in Balikesir in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Istanbul B.B. will play on the road against Orman Genc (#4) in Ankara and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Final Genclik: H.Gardener 16+10reb, S.Ay 10+2reb+6ast, H.Guler 9+4reb, G.Senol 8+1reb+6ast, M.Esen 6+2reb, O.Erdogan 5+3reb+1ast
Istanbul B.B.: R.Dogrusoz 16+6reb+2ast, E.Eryuz 12+3reb+3ast, E.Bilmen 11, D.Johnson 9+15reb+2ast, S.Sahin 6+6reb+3ast, S.Tasdelen 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 112474


FMV Isikspor - Darussafaka 55-58

Not a big story in a game in Istanbul where 11th ranked FMV Isikspor (3-13) was edged by ninth ranked Darussafaka (7-9) 58-55 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of Omer Kaan Gogus (-89) who helped to win the game recording 9 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Brandon Gordon (201-85, college: Alabama St., agency: EM-PA) who added 14 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side forward Serkan Ozver (206-90, agency: 1x1 Sports) responded with 10 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and forward Alpaslan Uruk (-88) scored 9 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Darussafaka moved-up to eighth place in Group A, which they share with Istanbul B.B. FMV Isikspor lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Darussafaka will face Izmir B.B. (#12) at home in the next round. FMV Isikspor will play against Adanaspor and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Darussafaka: S.Sanli 15+7reb, B.Gordon 14+7reb+1ast, O.Kaan Gogus 9+12reb+3ast, T.Gedikli 5+1reb+2ast, A.Turgut 5+1reb+6ast, Z.Yarkan 4+2reb+2ast
FMV Isikspor: D.Harris 13+1reb, K.Tutuncu 10+2reb+2ast, S.Ozver 10+8reb+1ast, A.Uruk 9+9reb+1ast, S.Ugur 5+2reb+5ast, E.Yoldas 3+7reb
gschID: 112469


Group B
Beykoz - Gaziantep 63-65

Everything went according to plan in Istanbul where fourth ranked Gaziantep (10-6) edged 11th ranked Beykoz (4-12) 65-63 on Saturday. Beykoz was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Orhan Bugra Dag (-88) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and forward Altan Cetinkaya (200-82) who added 12 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side guard Erkan Inan (192-89) responded with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Enis Bayrak (204-89) scored 12 points. Newly promoted Gaziantep maintains fourth position in Group B with 10-6 record. Beykoz lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth place with 12 games lost. Gaziantep will face Akhisar Bld (#8) at home in the next round. Beykoz will play against the league's leader Optimum TED in Ankara.
Top scorers:
Gaziantep: O.Bugra Dag 19+9reb, A.Cetinkaya 12+5reb, V.Ertetik 10+2reb+1ast, N.Pastal 7+6reb+1ast, M.Dogan 4+1reb, A.Selattin 4+2reb+2ast
Beykoz: E.Inan 23+8reb+6ast, E.Bayrak 12+4reb, N.Kaba 9+1reb+3ast, O.Sarisoy 8+2reb, A.Sogancioglu 5+3reb+3ast, B.Kayi 4+6reb
gschID: 112480


ITU - TED Istanbul 64-70

There was no surprise when 12th ranked ITU Istanbul (2-14) was defeated at home by tenth ranked TED Istanbul (5-11) 70-64 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Kristian Clarkson (202-84, college: Widener) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 9 rebounds and guard Admir Kan (185-83) who added 14 points and 5 assists during the contest. TED Istanbul's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side center Enver Enis Ekmen (207-83) responded with 21 points and 7 rebounds and the former international forward Tolga Tekinalp (202-74, agency: 1x1 Sports) scored 8 points and 14 rebounds. TED Istanbul have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to ninth place in Group B. ITU Istanbul lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 14 games lost. TED Istanbul's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Istanbul Basaksehir.
Top scorers:
TED Istanbul: K.Clarkson 14+9reb+2ast, A.Kan 14+4reb+5ast, C.Uzun 8+2reb, G.Naldoven 7+4reb+3ast, M.Baras 7+4reb, M.Gunes 6+8reb+1ast
ITU: E.Enis Ekmen 21+7reb, K.Sems Tunceri 11+5reb+3ast, T.Tekinalp 8+14reb+2ast, O.Aksoy 8+2reb+3ast, H.Ozkan 6+3reb+1ast, C.Terry 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 112475


Basaksehir - Istanbulspor 66-71

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked Istanbulspor's (8-8) road victory over 9th ranked Basaksehir (4-12) 71-66 on Saturday. Istanbulspor forced 21 Basaksehir turnovers. Basaksehir was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Orcun Okkali (201-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and forward Nusret Yildirim (202-89, agency: EM-PA) who added 11 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Four Istanbulspor players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Tyrone Anderson (193-84, college: Concord) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Mehmet Yildizhan (187-86) scored 8 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Istanbulspor moved-up to sixth place in Group B, which they share with Gelisim. Basaksehir lost seventh consecutive game. Basaksehir at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the tenth position with 12 games lost. Istanbulspor will face higher ranked Selcuk Universitesi (#5) in Konya in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Basaksehir's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Istanbul to the arena TED Istanbul.
Top scorers:
Istanbulspor: C.Bayraktar 18+2reb+3ast, O.Okkali 16+10reb+1ast, N.Yildirim 11+12reb, O.Sonsirma 10, F.Celebioglu 6+3reb, I.Demircioglu 5+3reb+2ast
Basaksehir: T.Anderson 20+10reb+4ast, S.Ekmen 14+8reb, A.Sevda 11+3reb, M.Yildizhan 8+10reb+5ast, V.Incekara 6+3reb+1ast, A.Yilmaz 4+1reb
gschID: 112476


Selcuk Univ. - Optimum TED 60-69

TB2L top team - Optimum TED (15-1) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat fifth ranked Selcuk Universitesi (9-7) in Konya 69-60. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Selcuk Universitesi. Worth to mention a quality performance of center Hakan Yapar (203-84) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and American guard Brandon McKnight (188-83, college: Purdue, agency: Promotex) who added 6 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. At the losing side American forward Brian Boddicker (204-81, college: Texas, agency: EM-PA) responded with 16 points and 9 rebounds and the former international guard Firat Aydemir (187-80) scored 12 points. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Optimum TED have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group B with 15-1 record. Loser Selcuk Universitesi keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. Optimum TED will face Beykoz (#10) in Istanbul in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Selcuk Universitesi will play on the road against Istanbulspor (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Optimum TED: S.Kavut 15+1reb+1ast, H.Yapar 15+4reb+1ast, I.Yalcin 9+1reb, E.Ozpulat 9+7reb+2ast, B.McKnight 6+7reb+6ast, B.Cinar 4+4reb+2ast
Selcuk Univ.: B.Boddicker 16+9reb+2ast, F.Aydemir 12+3reb, M.Gucyetmez 7+2ast, C.Senturk 5+3reb, C.Sahin 4+5reb+1ast, A.Ozdemir 3+5reb
gschID: 112477


Hacettepe Univ. - Gelisim 76-54

Rather expected game in Ankara where 6th ranked Gelisim (8-8) was crushed by third ranked Hacettepe Univ. (12-4) 76-54 on Saturday. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Adnan Onder Kulcebas (205-81, agency: 1x1 Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks and guard Derya Yannier (191-85) who added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Four Hacettepe Univ. players scored in double figures. Hacettepe Univ.'s coach Alp Bayramoglu felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side American forward Jayme Miller (203-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds and Dogan Deniz Yigit (-89) scored 13 points. Hacettepe Univ. moved-up to second place in Group B, which they share with Kepez Bld. Loser Gelisim keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Hacettepe Univ. will face league's second-placed Kepez Bld in Antalya in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gelisim will play at home against ITU Istanbul (#12).
Top scorers:
Hacettepe Univ.: J.Dearman 15+2reb+1ast, D.Yannier 14+6reb+6ast, A.Onder Kulcebas 14+15reb, G.Orcun Tunca 11+3reb+1ast, O.Altinmakas 8+2ast, S.Ergin 6+3reb+1ast
Gelisim: J.Miller 15+15reb+1ast, D.Deniz Yigit 13+4reb+3ast, S.Topcu 10+3reb+2ast, C.Mumcuogullari 7, C.Terzioglu 3+1reb, T.Orge 2+4reb
gschID: 112478


Akhisar Bld - Kepez Bld 69-72

Seventh-ranked Akhisar Bld (7-9) gave a tough game to second ranked Kepez Bld (12-4) on Saturday. The visitors from Antalya managed to secure only three-point victory 72-69. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Akhisar Bld. Kepez Bld dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Akhisar Bld's 28. American guard Marcus Hall (185-85, college: Colorado) fired 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Cihan Amasyali (191-83) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Tyrone Nelson (206-85, college: N.Mexico St.) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and guard Guven Esmer (193-80) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Kepez Bld maintains second position in Group B with 12-4 record behind leader Genc Banvit, which they share with Hacettepe Univ. Loser Akhisar Bld dropped to the eighth place with nine games lost. Kepez Bld will meet at home Hacettepe Univ. (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Akhisar Bld will play against Gaziantep (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kepez Bld: M.Hall 23+8reb+3ast, C.Amasyali 14+6reb+3ast, O.Gulveren 10+4reb, U.Durmus 8+6reb+1ast, E.Yetim 8+3reb+6ast, G.Karamahmut 7+2reb+2ast
Akhisar Bld: G.Esmer 17+1reb+1ast, T.Nelson 14+11reb, M.Eken 11+2ast, V.Volkan Basaran 9+2reb+3ast, O.Akis 8+2reb+5ast, E.Yenice 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 112479




Ogut number one in Turkish TB2L for round 16 - by Eurobasket News
Guard Can Ugur Ogut (178-G-92) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Genc Telekom, receiving a Eurobasket.com TB2L Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 18-year old player was the main contributor (30 points, five rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Adanaspor (#10, 4-12) 79-68. Genc Telekom is placed at 3rd position in Turkish TB2L. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Genc Telekom will need more victories to improve their 11-5 record. In the team's last game Ogut had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Genc Telekom's top player in his first season with the team. Can Ugur Ogut has solid league stats. He is league's best passer with 5.9apg. Ogut

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old American Jason Keep (208-C-78, agency: Diamond Athletes Agency) of Adanaspor. Keep had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Adanaspor lost that game 68-79 to the higher-ranked Genc Telekom (#3, 11-5). Adanaspor managed to keep the same 10th spot in group A. 12 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Adanaspor managed to get this year. Keep is one of the most experienced players at Adanaspor and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Serbian forward Marko Kolaric (213-F/C-84) of league's top team Genc Banvitliler. Kolaric scored 17 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Genc Banvit, leading his team to a 77-76 win against the lower-ranked Usak (#5, 10-6). Genc Banvit confirms their top position in group A Kolaric has a very solid season. In 15 games in Turkey he scored 11.2ppg. He also has 8.8rpg and FGP: 55.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcus Hall (185-G-85) of Kepez Bld - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jayme Miller (203-F-85) of Gelisim - 15 points and 15 rebounds
6. Adnan Onder Kulcebas (205-F-81) of Hacettepe Univ. - 14 points and 15 rebounds
7. Omer Kaan Gogus (89) of Darussafaka - 9 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Erkan Inan (192-G-89) of Beykoz - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Derya Yannier (191-G-85) of Hacettepe Univ. - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Mustafa Arslantas (83) of Izmir B.B. - 14 points and 10 rebounds

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


Hacettepe signs Kenny Adeleke - by Gurhan Ul
Hacettepe Unv. who is trying to promote from TB2L inked Nigerian American Kenny Adeleke for the rest of the season.Adele who played for Banvit in 2007-2008 TBL season managed an average of 14-5 points 11.4 rebounds per game.After Banvit Adeleke played in Italian,Chinese and Ukranian leagues,his last team was Dnipro Dneproptrovsk and he managed 10.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game in Ukranian league. Kenny Adeleke (205-C-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Hartford)

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Zone V starts on wrong note for Uganda - by Kristian Santiago
By Ismail D. Kigongo (Daily Monitor)

It was a forgettable and painful opening day for Team Uganda at the ongoing Fiba Africa Zone V Nations Championship in Kigali, Rwanda yesterday.
The mens team ran out of steam in the final quarter to lose to Kenya 61-76 whereas the women recovered from a slow start but it was too late to hold off Burundi, who won 73-69.

Captain Stephen Omony (198-G/F-79) game-high 29 points and 10 rebounds failed to rescue Uganda, who had limited scoring options with five of the 12 not troubling the scorer. Having fallen behind in the first period 24-19, Uganda played with great intensity in defence when Boniface Okello was introduced to take the next 15-14 before Kenya nicked the third 17-16.

An expected photo-finish didnt materialize with the later cruising through the ultimate quarter 21-11. Norman Blick (201-F-83), Joseph Ikong (193), Ivan Enabu (182-G) and Ben Komakech didnt score at all in a combined 63 minutes on the floor. Forward Isaac Afidra (12) was the only other player to breach the 10-point barrier. Inconsistency really hurt us. I am confident we can bounce back if our guards come to the party, coach Gad Eteu said.

Though the Kenyans were slightly bigger, Uganda edged the board contest 43-42 but found no answers to experienced center Peter Kiganya (197-F-72, college: Abil.Christian) (25-13). Centre Robert Mubiru (196-F) thrilled in bits for his eight points and six rebounds. His understudies Brian Ssentogo (4-3) and Edwin Kateregga (5-2) need to step up. There was no respite for the women even though guard Maureen Amoding came off the bench to score a team-high 23 points.


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


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Burtt, Dnipro23.1 
 2. Burns, Fe.18.0 
 3. Curry, Azovmash17.4 
 4. Flores, BC Donetsk16.9 
 5. Washington, BC Od.16.7 
 6. Williams, Halychyna14.8 
 7. DeGroat, BC Odessa14.6 
 8. Bakic, Kryvbasb.14.5 
 9. Wiggins, Halychyna14.4 
 10. Lypovyy, BC Kyiv14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  DniproAzot
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Fraser, DniproAzot11.7 
 2. Wiggins, Halychyna9.0 
 3. Burns, Fe.8.4 
 4. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.7 
 5. Morrison, Halyc.7.2 
 6. Owens, Azovmash7.1 
 7. Austin, Dnipro7.1 
 8. Hunter, Fe.6.8 
 9. Thomas, Azovmash6.8 
 10. Chappell, Hoverla6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Todd ABERNETHY
  Halychyna
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Abernethy, Halyc.5.3 
 2. Zimmerman, Hoverla5.3 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro4.9 
 4. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 5. Vasiljevic, BC Do.4.7 
 6. Millage, Khimik4.6 
 7. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 8. Sirsnins, DniproAzot4.3 
 9. Curry, Azovmash4.2 
 10. Swanson, Hoverla3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Millage, Khimik2.6 
 2. Love, Mykolaiv1.6 
 3. House, Azovmash1.5 
 4. Burns, Fe.1.5 
 5. Gliebov, BC Donetsk1.5 
 6. Greene, Mykolaiv1.5 
 7. Funn, Halychyna1.4 
 8. Mays, Fe.1.3 
 9. Sirsnins, DniproAzot1.3 
 10. Protic, Khimik1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.3 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.1 
 3. Hunter, Fe.1.6 
 4. Agafonov, Budiv.1.5 
 5. Pettway, Dnipro1.4 
 6. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.4 
 7. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 8. Onufriyev, Mykolaiv1.4 
 9. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 10. Owens, Azovmash1.2 


Ukraine U16 tastes the first victory at the International Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U16 beat Puerto Rico U16 79:74 to taste the first victory at the International Tournament in Turkey. Both teams nailed 20 points in the start of the game and struggled for the initial victory in the group so far. Ukraine needed 25-12 in the second frame to take the lead and never looked back after. The team from Latin America won the third and last quarters with the same 21-17 score but could only reduce the gap. Berezhnyi Vladlen paced all the winners with 22 points and Anton Dzyuba notched 21. Miguel A. Cartagena Reyes responded with 23 points in defeat and Bryan David Rodriguez Moreno had 13.
Turkey overcame Ukraine 84:73 to close day 4 of the International Tournament. In the last game of the Group the hosts started with 29-25, but allowed Ukrainian team to win the second frame 16-15. Turkey was stronger in the third quarter 21-10 that was decisive in the game. Dogukan Sanli led the way with 18 points and Metecan Birsen collected 17 points and 10 rebounds. Berezhnyi Vladlen finished the night with 18 points and 11 caroms for Ukraine and Igor Boyarkin (95) scored 15.



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Nelson's 35-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
23-year old center Travis Nelson (211-C-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for MK Lions and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had the game-high 35 points adding three rebounds for MK Lions in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Worthing (#11, 1-17) 108-106. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. MK Lions maintains the 10th position in British league. MK Lions 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 6-8 record. Nelson turned to be MK Lions' top player in his first season with the team. Travis Nelson averages this season 18.9ppg and 7.1rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Drew Sullivan (203-F-80) of league's second-best Liverpool MT. He is international forward in his first season at Liverpool MT. In the last game Sullivan recorded impressive double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Liverpool MT was edged by the lower-ranked MK Lions (#10, 6-8) 97-95. This loss caused Liverpool MT to drop to 2nd position in the standings. His team's 13-4 record is not bad at all. Sullivan is a newcomer at Liverpool MT and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Shaun Durant (203-C-81) of Worthing Thunder (#11). Durant scored 21 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Durant's great performance Worthing lost 106-108 to slightly higher-ranked MK Lions (#10, 6-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Worthing can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-17 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Durant he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Durant has individually a great season in United Kingdom. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.2rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Steve Dagostino (180-G-85) of Sheffield Sharks - 31 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Sherrad Prezzie-Blue (180-G-86) of Worthing - 31 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Shawn Myers (198-G/F-69) of MK Lions - 22 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ryan Patton (181-G-78) of Sheffield Sharks - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jeremy Bell (183-G-83) of Cheshire Jets - 31 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Martelle McLemore (196-G/F-88) of Guildford Heat - 29 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Mike Copeland (201-F-85) of Glasgow Rocks - 25 points and 7 rebounds

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


Stats Leaders - BBL
Points Per Game
 Jeremy BELL
  Cheshire Jets
  (183-G-83)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Bell, Cheshire Jets23.7 
 2. Moore, Newcastle21.5 
 3. Chapman, Newcastle20.4 
 4. Zabas, Plymouth20.3 
 5. Nelson, MK Lions20.2 
 6. Gilbert, Worcester20.2 
 7. Dagostino, Sheffi.20.1 
 8. Smith, Newcastle19.7 
 9. Prezzie-Blue, Worth.19.6 
 10. Blount, Leices.19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shaun DURANT
  Worthing
  (203-C-81)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Durant, Worthing10.2 
 2. Myers, MK Lions9.4 
 3. Nottley, Worthing9.3 
 4. Rowe, Plymouth9.1 
 5. Missere, Leices.9.0 
 6. Polk, Plymouth8.9 
 7. Tuck, Sheffiel.8.7 
 8. Williams, Sheffi.8.5 
 9. Toney, Liverpoo.8.4 
 10. Greer, Cheshire.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Trey MOORE
  Newcastle
  (192-G-75)
  Avg: 6
 1. Moore, Newcastle6.0 
 2. Clark, MK Lions5.4 
 3. Zabas, Plymouth5.3 
 4. Bolds, MK Lions4.7 
 5. Middleton, Worce.4.6 
 6. Patton, Sheffi.4.4 
 7. Blount, Leices.4.1 
 8. Bell, Cheshire Jets3.9 
 9. Harrison, Glasgow .3.9 
 10. Missere, Leices.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Roderick MIDDLETON
  Worcester
  (186-G/F-82)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Middleton, Worce.2.6 
 2. Bolds, MK Lions2.3 
 3. Bell, Cheshire Jets2.2 
 4. Moore, Newcastle2.2 
 5. Harrison, Glasgow .2.1 
 6. Clark, MK Lions2.1 
 7. Prezzie-Blue, Worth.2.0 
 8. Livas, Glasgow .1.9 
 9. Greer, Cheshire.1.9 
 10. Murray, Cheshire.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Otis POLK
  Plymouth
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Polk, Plymouth2.2 
 2. Missere, Leices.1.8 
 3. Richard, Newcastle1.2 
 4. Williams, Sheffi.1.1 
 5. Dobbins, Worcester1.1 
 6. Potter, Leices.1.0 
 7. Sturt, Essex P.1.0 
 8. Toney, Liverpoo.0.8 
 9. Nelson, MK Lions0.8 
 10. Martin, Guildfor.0.6 


BBL Team Of The Week - Week 20 - by Paul Nilsen
BBL Team Of The Week Week 20

Its only happened once all season, way back during week 8. Now its happened again and after a 12 week wait, we finally see five players from five different BBL clubs take their place in our starting line-up. As well as two debutantes this week, two other players (both guards) make their fifth appearances of the season at the same time!

Jeremy Bell (Cheshire Jets)

After an absence of four weeks, the prolific playmaker is back in the fold again for his fifth appearance of the season. His absence during the last few weeks has perhaps underlined his importance to the team with the Jets having endured a sticky couple of weeks. Things would have been even more difficult to take for Cheshire supporters had Bell not lifted his team to a hard fought win at Northgate against bottom of the table Essex Pirates. Bell poured in 31 points and grabbed four steals to get that title bid back on track.

Ryan Patton (One Health Sharks Sheffield)

Its been an even longer time away from our fabulous five for Ryan Patton but he finally makes his fifth appearance of the season after a gap of seven weeks. He helped his team dig themselves out of a hole at home to Worcester Wolves and overturn a double-digit deficit to grab a vital victory. Patton finished with 24 points after sinking four triples and stroking home a perfect ten of ten from the free-throw line. However, he probably sees this place in the team as a little bitter-sweet since Sharks had their title ambitions dented after following up with win against the Wolves with defeat at Jelson Homes Leicester Riders.

Joe Chapman (Newcastle Eagles)

There will be plenty of banter in the Eagles locker room right now with Chapman almost catching up his backcourt partner Trey Moore by securing a sixth appearance of the season in the BBL Team Of The Week. The shooter really had to step it up against Guildford Heat who pushed the league leaders hard. Without their talismanic figurehead Fab Flournoy, its been all hands to the pump for the North-East club and Chapman did his bit with 24 points and six assists in last Fridays home win at Sport Central.

Mike Copeland (Glasgow Rocks)

The Rocks have been on fire since late November and continue their strong challenge at the top of the BBL Championship. Rather than a couple of dominating individuals, the Rocks have done it with a real team ethic but this time Copeland has done enough to warrant his first appearance of the season in our starting five. The big man racked up 25 points as well as 7 rebounds. Most impressively of all, he also showed he also has range by stepping outside to drain three of four from the perimeter.

Travis Nelson (211-C-87, college: Minnesota St.) (Prestige Homes MK Lions)

Nelson is another frontcourt player to make his debut in our BBL Team Of The Week and it is reward for what has been a tough initiation to the league for the player and at times, a difficult season for the Lions in general. However now the team has really picked it up and turned the corner, the Lions seem more than capable of making a big run between now and the end of the campaign. Nelson was instrumental in the tight and dramatic 108-106 success at Worthing Thunder. In fact, he produced the best performance of the weekend in the BBL Championship. He amassed an impressive valuation of 33 after pouring in 35 points shooting 15 of 20 from the field.

BBL Team Of The Week

Jeremy Bell (Cheshire Jets)
Ryan Patton (One Health Sharks Sheffield)
Joe Chapman (Newcastle Eagles)
Mike Copeland (Glasgow Rocks)
Travis Nelson (211-C-87, college: Minnesota St.) (Prestige Homes MK Lions)

Off The Bench

Andrew Sullivan (Mersey Tigers), Sherrad Prezzie-Blue (Worthing Thunder), Martelle McLemore (Guildford Heat), Steve Dagostino (One Health Sharks Sheffield), Shaun Durant (Worthing Thunder), Shawn Myers (Prestige Homes MK Lions), Chez Marks (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders)



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Welcome and Malvin are 2-1 - by Hector Lopez
Welcome, number 8 during the regular season, took a 2-1 lead over Bigua, the number 1, after winning 93-78 and need only to win one more game to play the semifinal serie. Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Park) netted 24 points adding 9 assists, while Scott Cutley (196-F-85, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) scored 21 for Welcome, while for Bigua Gonzalo Meira (192-F-88) scored 22 points Michael Sweetney (203-F-82, college: Georgetown) scored 5 and grabbed 7 rebounds. Elgrace Wilborn (203-F-83, college: W.Kentucky) was send out of the game by the referees, after a flagrant foul. Malvin, number 2, beat Olimpia 85-74 to take a 2-1 lead. For Malvin Fernando Martinez (170-G-79) scored 32 points, Mark Bortz (208-F/C-82, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Buffalo) netted 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) added 12 points and Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) 10. For Olimpia Johwen Villegas (193-G-85, college: Florida Intern.) 34 points and Greg Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) 14 points and 9 rebounds.

Edgardo Kogan is the new coach of Bigua - by Sergio Palay
Atletico Bigua, the team that finished first in the regular season, just changed coach.
The Directive Comision has decided to cut to Juan Carlos Werstein after after the second loss against Atletico Welcome.

Bigua is down 2-1 in the first round of playoff. Yesterday the team was beaten in every aspect the game by Atletico Welcome.

Werstein's successor will be Edgardo Kogan who already directed the team by 2 juegos in this season. Previously stepped down for personal reasons. Gustavo Sande will be his assistant.

This is the fourth time in the year that Atletico Bigua changes of coach. First was Alejandro Alejandro Alvarez (18-7) later Kogan (2-0) and then Werstein (7-5).

Never in the history of LUB the number 1 in the regular seasson has been losing 2-1 in a series to five games. Never the eighth has eliminated the first ranked.


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  VENEZUELA   


Trotamundos add Ramon Harris - by Eurobasket News
Ramon Harris (201-F-88, college: Kentucky) will continue his career in Venezuela. The 22-year-old forward signed a deal with Trotamundos. Ramon Harris graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2010. He tallied 1.9 points and 2.1 rebounds per game in the senior season with the Wildcats. Ramon Harris spent the pre-season with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers but never signed a deal.


Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Bucaneros 0-0 
 2. Cocodrilos 0-0 
 3. Gaiteros 0-0 
 4. Gigantes 0-0 
 5. Guaiqueries 0-0 
 6. Guaros 0-0 
 7. Marinos 0-0 
 8. Panteras 0-0 
 9. Toros 0-0 
 10. Trotamundos 0-0 




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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


Adriatic League round 19 best performance: Nika Baric - by Eurobasket News
Guard Nika Baric (169-G-92) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for ZKK Merkur Celje, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 18-year old player got a double-double of 30 points and 15 assists, while her team outclassed Vozdovac (#9, 6-13) with 37-point margin 86-49. Merkur Celje is placed at 3rd position in Adriatic League . They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Merkur Celje will need more victories to improve their 14-5 record. In the team's last game Baric had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. She has many years of experience at Merkur Celje, through which he has constantly improved. Nika Baric has solid league stats. She is in league's top in points (2nd best: 18.8ppg) and averages impressive 51.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old Luca Ivankovic (200-C-87) of ZKK Sibenik Jolly JBS. Ivankovic had a very good evening with a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds. Of course Jolly cruised to a 78-68 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Celik (#8, 7-12). Jolly's 4th position in Round 12 has not changed. Her team's 13-5 record is not bad at all. Ivankovic is one of the most experienced players at Jolly and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Dajana Butulija (175-G-86) of league's second-best ZKK Partizan Galenika Beograd. Butulija showcased her all-around game by recording 23 points, six rebounds and four assists in the last round. She was a key player of Partizan, leading her team to a 81-61 easy win against #4 ranked Jolly in a game of the week. Partizan needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in . Their record at this point is 15 victories and 4 lost games. Butulija has a great season in Adriatic League. After 19 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.9ppg (3rd best) and assists with 3.2apg (8th best). She also has 2.8spg and FGP: 54.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marina Ristic (168-G-87) of Celik - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Natasa Djordjevic (178-G-85) of Jedinstvo BP - 20 points and 8 rebounds
6. Brankica Hadzovic (175-G-81) of Jedinstvo BP - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Luca Ivankovic (200-C-87) of Jolly - 12 points and 10 rebounds
8. Maurita Reid (173-G-85) of Gospic - 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Natasa Popovic (190-C-82) of Jedinstvo BP - 5 points and 13 rebounds
10. Kristina Benic (180-F-88) of Lupa Promot. - 12 points and 12 rebounds

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


Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Gospic 17-2 
 2. Partizan 15-4 
 3. Merkur Celje 14-5 
 4. Jolly 13-5 
 5. Jedinstvo BP 11-6 
 6. Lupa Promot. 9-10 
 7. Radivoj Korac 8-10 
 8. Celik 7-12 
 9. Vozdovac 6-13 
 10. Vojvodina 5-13 
 11. AJM Maribor 5-13 
 12. Medvescak 1-18 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ljubica KURE
  AJM Maribor
  (178-G-81)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Kure, AJM Maribor20.3 
 2. Baric, Merkur C.18.8 
 3. Butulija, Partizan16.9 
 4. Miller, Lupa Promot.16.5 
 5. Bedalov, Medvescak16.1 
 6. Turcinovic, Merkur C.15.7 
 7. Bigovic, Jedinstv.15.1 
 8. Hadzovic, Jedinstv.15.0 
 9. Dover, AJM Maribor14.9 
 10. Vidovic, Celik14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ana TURCINOVIC
  Merkur Celje
  (190-C-93)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Turcinovic, Merkur C.11.9 
 2. Popovic, Jedinstv.9.7 
 3. Miller, Lupa Promot.9.0 
 4. Ivankovic, Jolly8.2 
 5. Stone, Partizan7.9 
 6. Matic, Lupa P.7.6 
 7. Vrsaljko, Gospic7.5 
 8. Bedalov, Medvescak7.5 
 9. Stjepanovic, Radivo.7.3 
 10. Radovic, Vozdovac6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Nika BARIC
  Merkur Celje
  (169-G-92)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Baric, Merkur C.5.2 
 2. Reid, Gospic4.9 
 3. Mehmedic, Celik3.9 
 4. Peric, Medvescak3.5 
 5. Prlja, Vozdovac3.5 
 6. Misura, Jolly3.4 
 7. Mandir, Gospic3.3 
 8. Butulija, Partizan3.2 
 9. Cakic, Jolly3.1 
 10. Salopek, Jolly3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Maurita REID
  Gospic
  (173-G-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Reid, Gospic2.9 
 2. Bigovic, Jedinstv.2.9 
 3. Butulija, Partizan2.8 
 4. Dover, AJM Maribor2.5 
 5. Prlja, Vozdovac2.5 
 6. Drozg, AJM Maribor2.5 
 7. Djuric, Vojvodina2.4 
 8. Mehmedic, Celik2.4 
 9. Dabovic, Partizan2.3 
 10. Bura, Vojvodina2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Natasa POPOVIC
  Jedinstvo BP
  (190-C-82)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Popovic, Jedinstv.3.2 
 2. Ivankovic, Jolly1.8 
 3. Vrsaljko, Gospic1.6 
 4. Bedalov, Medvescak1.2 
 5. Tikvic, Medvescak1.1 
 6. Miller, Lupa Promot.0.9 
 7. Ajanovic, Radivoj .0.7 
 8. Stone, Partizan0.7 
 9. Mazic, Lupa P.0.5 
 10. Semren, Jolly0.4 


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Elizabeth Cambage claims Australian WNBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Talented international center Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Bulleen Melbourne Boomers and that's her to receive a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 19-year old center had the game-high 20 points adding nine rebounds and three assists for Bulleen Melbourne Boomers in her team's victory, helping them to crush Adelaide (#10, 2-17) with 16-point margin 84-68. It allowed Bulleen Melbourne Boomers to consolidate first place in the Australian WNBL. Bulleen Melbourne Boomers have a solid 17-3 record. It's Cambage's second year at Bulleen Melbourne Boomers and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Cambage has impressive league stats. She is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.0ppg. Cambage is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 7.9rpg) and averages solid 2.8bpg and 59.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young international center Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) of second-ranked Canberra TransAct Capitals. Tolo impressed basketball fans with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course she lead Canberra TransAct Capitals to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Logan T. (#5, 11-9) 99-79. Canberra TransAct Capitals' second position in the standings has not changed. Her team lost just four games this season, while they won 16 matches. Tolo is one of the most experienced players at Canberra TransAct Capitals and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was international guard Kathleen Macleod (167-G-86) of Dandenong Rangers (#4). Macleod showcased her all-around game by recording 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the last round. She was a key player of Dandenong Rangers, leading her team to a 81-74 win against the lower-ranked Adelaide (#10, 2-17). Dandenong Rangers needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 9 lost games. Macleod has a great season in Australia. After 17 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.6ppg (5th best) and assists with 5.2apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Abby Bishop (189-C-88) of Dandenong Rangers - 22 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Tracy Gahan (188-F-80) of Dandenong Rangers - 9 points and 10 rebounds
6. Mia Newley (184-G-88) of Adelaide - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Angela Marino (166-G-86) of Adelaide - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Sara Blicavs (188-F-93) of AIS - 18 points and 3 rebounds
9. Kristen Veal (176-G-81) of Logan T. - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Suzy Batkovic-Brown (193-C-80) of Canberra C. - 16 points and 9 rebounds

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


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Standings - AWBL
AWBL Standings
Group A
 1. Fl.Foxes 17-0 
 2. BK Duchess 15-2 
 3. BC Vienna 9-7 
 4. UBBC 9-7 
 5. UBI Graz 9-8 
 6. Innsbruck 7-10 
Group B
 1. Gratkorn 1-0 
 2. Kammer 0-0 
 3. Salzburg 0-0 
 4. DBBC Graz 0-1 


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Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Ariadna FELIPE
  Santo Andre
  (179-G/F-83)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Felipe, Santo Andre22.6 
 2. Oliveira, Basque.16.7 
 3. Crepaldi, Basque.15.5 
 4. Santos, Acucar14.9 
 5. Da Costa, Basque.14.5 
 6. Martins, Americana14.5 
 7. Marcal, Acucar14.1 
 8. Santos Luz, Acucar14.1 
 9. Jacintho, Santo A.14.0 
 10. de Sousa, Joinville13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Clarissa SANTOS
  Acucar
  (182-C-88)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Santos, Acucar13.5 
 2. Nascimiento, Basque.12.0 
 3. Da Costa, Basque.11.2 
 4. Gomes, Sao Caetano9.0 
 5. Felipe, Santo Andre8.0 
 6. Dantas, Americana7.6 
 7. Ferreira, Sao C.7.3 
 8. Plutin, Ourinhos7.1 
 9. Lima, Santo Andre6.6 
 10. Garvao, Santo Andre6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Natalia MARES BURIAN
  Acucar
  (168-G-84)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Mares Burian, Acu.5.9 
 2. Vasconcelos, Ourin.4.9 
 3. Garvao, Santo Andre4.0 
 4. Honorio, Americana4.0 
 5. Gattei, Acucar4.0 
 6. de Souza, Ourinhos3.9 
 7. de Oliveira, Santo A.3.8 
 8. Paulino, Basquete.3.7 
 9. Santos Luz, Acucar3.6 
 10. Martins, Americana3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Bruna DUARTE
  M.Petrobras
  (173-G/F-81)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Duarte, M.Petrob.2.9 
 2. Oliveira, Basque.2.7 
 3. de Sousa, Joinville2.7 
 4. de Souza, Ourinhos2.3 
 5. Dantas, Americana2.2 
 6. Marcal, Acucar2.1 
 7. Garvao, Santo Andre2.0 
 8. Cavallaro, Santo A.2.0 
 9. Jacintho, Santo A.2.0 
 10. Felipe, Santo Andre1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Isis NASCIMIENTO
  Basquete Clube
  (202-C-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Nascimiento, Basque.2.8 
 2. Gomes, Sao Caetano1.1 
 3. Garvao, Santo Andre1.1 
 4. Felipe, Santo Andre0.9 
 5. de Souza, Ameri.0.7 
 6. Rado, Acucar0.6 
 7. Andrade, Sao C.0.6 
 8. Santos, M.Petrob.0.6 
 9. Vasconcelos, Ourin.0.6 
 10. Santos, Acucar0.5 


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NBL Round 15: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News
NBL round 15 caused change at the leadership position. Fifth defeat of league's leader Dunav (10-5) against third ranked Montana 2003 (11-4) 95-92 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Dunav. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Montana 2003 made 27-of-35 free shots (77.1 percent) during the game. 29 personal fouls committed by Dunav helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for the former international forward Camellia Mihalkova (182-F-80) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international forward Agnesa Doychinova (188-73) contributed with 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American guard Charel Allen (181-86, college: Notre Dame, agency: LBM Management) answered with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds for Dunav. Montana 2003 keeps a position of league leader. Dunav at the other side dropped to the second place with five games lost. They share the position with Lukoil. They were replaced at the leadership position by Montana 2003. Dunav will play next round against strong Levski trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Montana 2003 will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Slavia in Sofia.
Important game to mention about took place in Sofia. Fourth ranked Levski (9-6) saved a 2-point victory at home edging second-best Lukoil (10-5) 64-62 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Lukoil. It was a great evening for the former international guard Diana Naydenova (171-73, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 12 assists and 5 steals. Radoslava Bachvarova helped adding 14 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American power forward Tamara Bowie (183-81, college: Ball St.) with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Newly promoted Levski maintains fourth place with 9-6 record. Defending champion Lukoil keeps the second position with five games lost. They share it with Dunav. Levski will play against league's second-placed Dunav in Ruse in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lukoil will play at home against Beroe 07 in Stara Zagora and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Slavia is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 15th consecutive match to fifth ranked Beroe 07 (5-10) 91-38 on Saturday evening. It was an exceptional evening for Juanita Ward who led the winners and scored 31 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all thirteen shots !!!). Zornitsa Naydenova came up with 11 points and 5 rebounds for Slavia 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. Beroe 07 maintains fifth place with 5-10 record. Loser Slavia still closes the standings with 15 games lost. Beroe 07 will meet higher ranked Lukoil (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Slavia will play against the league's leader Montana 2003 and hopes to get finally their first victory.



Levski - Lukoil 64-62

Important game to mention about took place in Sofia. Fourth ranked Levski (9-6) saved a 2-point victory at home edging second-best Lukoil (10-5) 64-62 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Lukoil. Lukoil was ahead by 9 points after three quarters before a 23-12 charge of Levski, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Lukoil to just 6 points in third quarter. Levski forced 24 Lukoil turnovers. It was a great evening for the former international guard Diana Naydenova (171-73, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 12 assists and 5 steals. Forward Radoslava Bachvarova (183-87, college: Va Commonwealth) helped adding 14 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American power forward Tamara Bowie (183-81, college: Ball St.) with 24 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import forward DeTrina White (180-80, college: LSU, agency: Merit Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. Newly promoted Levski maintains fourth place with 9-6 record. Defending champion Lukoil keeps the second position with five games lost. They share it with Dunav. Levski will play against league's second-placed Dunav in Ruse in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lukoil will play at home against Beroe 07 in Stara Zagora and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Levski: R.Dimitrova 16+2reb+1ast, R.Bachvarova 14+9reb, D.Naydenova 12+2reb+12ast, N.Topalova-Shopova 8+14reb, M.Gavriloska 7+5reb+1ast, P.Djambazka 7+5reb+2ast
Lukoil: T.Bowie 24+8reb+3ast, O.Samburska 18+8reb+3ast, D.White 12+14reb+3ast, S.Peeva 3+7reb+6ast, M.Zhelyazkova 3+1reb, N.Djuric 2+2reb+5ast
gschID: 110204


Beroe 07 - Slavia 91-38

Bottom-ranked Slavia is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 15th consecutive match to fifth ranked Beroe 07 (5-10) 91-38 on Saturday evening. The game without a history. Beroe 07 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Slavia to just 6 points in second quarter. Beroe 07 dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Slavia's 24 and made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game, while Slavia only scored two points from the stripe. Beroe 07 forced 24 Slavia turnovers and outrebounded them 47-25 including a 31-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Slavia's players. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Juanita Ward (180-86, college: Syracuse, agency: Merit Sports) who led the winners and scored 31 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all thirteen shots !!!). Forward Nadezhda Spasova (189-93) accounted for 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Guard Zornitsa Naydenova (172-89) came up with 11 points and 5 rebounds and forward Ivana Shikileva (179-92) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Slavia 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. Beroe 07 maintains fifth place with 5-10 record. Loser Slavia still closes the standings with 15 games lost. Beroe 07 will meet higher ranked Lukoil (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Slavia will play against the league's leader Montana 2003 and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Beroe 07: J.Ward 31+5reb+3ast, N.Spasova 12+8reb+3ast, S.Nikolova 12+5reb+2ast, P.Hadjiyankova 9+3reb+4ast, N.Emery 9+6reb+2ast, R.Naneva 7+3reb+1ast
Slavia: Z.Naydenova 11+5reb+2ast, I.Shikileva 10+5reb+1ast, V.Kovacheva 8+3reb, E.Micheva 4+1reb, A.Stoykova 3+1reb+1ast, M.Ranguelova 2+1reb
gschID: 110205


Montana 2003 - Dunav 95-92

NBL round 15 caused change at the leadership position. Fifth defeat of league's leader Dunav (10-5) against third ranked Montana 2003 (11-4) 95-92 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Dunav. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Montana 2003 made 27-of-35 free shots (77.1 percent) during the game. 29 personal fouls committed by Dunav helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for the former international forward Camellia Mihalkova (182-80) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international forward Agnesa Doychinova (188-73) contributed with 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American guard Charel Allen (181-86, college: Notre Dame, agency: LBM Management) answered with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import forward Latasha Byears (184-73, college: DePaul) added 19 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Dunav. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Montana 2003 keeps a position of league leader. Dunav at the other side dropped to the second place with five games lost. They share the position with Lukoil. They were replaced at the leadership position by Montana 2003. Dunav will play next round against strong Levski trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Montana 2003 will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Slavia in Sofia.
Top scorers:
Montana 2003: A.Doychinova 22+8reb+1ast, M.Karchovska 17+2reb+1ast, T.Petrova 17+10reb+2ast, C.Mihalkova 16+11reb+4ast, I.Vrancheva 15+6reb+7ast, V.Todorova 6+5reb+1ast
Dunav: C.Allen 23+13reb+1ast, L.Byears 19+9reb+1ast, K.Kordova 16+8reb+1ast, H.Minkova 15+7reb+1ast, Z.Kostova 12+4reb+6ast, T.Sharenkapova 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 110206




Ward's 31-point game gives her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old guard Juanita Ward (180-G-86, agency: Merit Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Beroe 07 and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
She had the game-high 31 points adding five rebounds and three assists for Beroe 07 in her team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team Slavia (#6, 0-15) with 53-point margin 91-38. Beroe 07 maintains the 5th position in Bulgarian NBL. Beroe 07 is currently ranked second from the bottom. They need more victories to improve their 5-10 record. Ward turned to be Beroe 07's top player in her first season with the team. Syracuse University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ward is league's best scorer averaging so far 24.3ppg. Ward is in league's top in and averages solid 53.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Tamara Bowie (183-F/C-81) of Lukoil. She is American forward in her first season at Lukoil. In the last game Bowie recorded impressive 24 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Lukoil was edged by slightly lower-ranked Levski (#4, 9-6) 64-62. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Lukoil still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. Her team's 10-5 record is not bad at all. Bowie is a newcomer at Lukoil and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.8ppg (#2). She also registered 9.2 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Charel Allen (181-G-86, agency: LBM Management) of league's second-best Dunav Ruse. Allen scored 23 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Allen's great performance Dunav lost 92-95 to #1 ranked Montana 2003. But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Dunav needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 10 victories and 5 lost games. Allen has a great season in Bulgaria. After 14 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.3ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 6.9rpg (8th best). She also has 2.1spg and FGP: 56.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Diana Naydenova (171-G-73) of Levski - 12 points, 2 rebounds and 12 assists
5. DeTrina White (180-F-80) of Lukoil - 12 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Camellia Mihalkova (182-F-80) of Montana 2003 - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Tsvetomila Petrova (188-F/C-82) of Montana 2003 - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Nadezhda Spasova (189-F-93) of Beroe 07 - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Agnesa Doychinova (188-F-73) of Montana 2003 - 22 points and 8 rebounds
10. Stefka Nikolova (173-G-90) of Beroe 07 - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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  CHINA - Women  


WCBA Round 19: No surprise as #1 Shenyang Golden Lions defeat Fujian Nanan - by Eurobasket News
The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season.

WCBA top team - Shenyang Golden Lions (17-2) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Fujian Nanan (0-19) in Putian 94-74. Shenyang Golden Lions have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They maintain first place with 17-2 record. Fujian Nanan at the other side still closes the standingsShenyang Golden Lions are looking forward to face league's second-placed Guangdong Dolphins in Dongguan in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Fujian Nanan will play at home against Heilongjiang Chenneng (#9) in Harbin and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Hangzhou was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Liaoning Hengye (12-7) played at the court of 6th ranked Zhejiang Far East (9-9). Liaoning Hengye managed to secure a 4-point victory 82-78. Liaoning Hengye maintains fifth place with 12-7 record. Zhejiang Far East at the other side keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. Liaoning Hengye will play against higher ranked Bayi Kylin (#3) in Yinzhou in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Zhejiang Far East will play on the road against Beijing Great Wall and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
10th ranked Shanghai Octopus (6-13) were outscored at home by second ranked Guangdong Dolphins (14-5) with the biggest margin this round 71-39 on Tuesday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shanghai Octopus. Guangdong Dolphins maintains second place with 14-5 record having just three points less than leader Shenyang. Loser Shanghai Octopus keep the tenth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Henan. Guangdong Dolphins will meet at home league's leader Shenyang Golden Lions in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Shanghai Octopus will play against Qujing Yunnan (#7) and hope to secure a win.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 19: Beijing won against Heilongjiang on the opponent's court 90-86. Jiangsu managed to outperform Yunnan in a home game 79-66. Henan recorded a loss to Bayi on the road 86-75.


Shanghai - Guangdong 39-71

10th ranked Shanghai Octopus (6-13) were outscored at home by second ranked Guangdong Dolphins (14-5) with the biggest margin this round 71-39 on Tuesday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shanghai Octopus. Guangdong Dolphins maintains second place with 14-5 record having just three points less than leader Shenyang. Loser Shanghai Octopus keep the tenth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Henan. Guangdong Dolphins will meet at home league's leader Shenyang Golden Lions in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Shanghai Octopus will play against Qujing Yunnan (#7) and hope to secure a win.
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Heilongjiang - Beijing 86-90

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Heilongjiang Chenneng's (6-12) home loss to eighth ranked Beijing Great Wall (8-11) 86-90 on Tuesday. Beijing Great Wall maintains eighth place with 8-11 record. Heilongjiang Chenneng lost their eighth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 12 games lost. Beijing Great Wall will meet at home higher ranked Zhejiang Far East (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Heilongjiang Chenneng will play against Fujian Nanan in Putian and hope to secure a win.
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Jiangsu - Yunnan 79-66

Rather predictable result in Yixing where fourth ranked Jiangsu Phoenix (13-6) defeated 7th ranked Qujing Yunnan (9-10) 79-66 on Tuesday. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Jiangsu Phoenix. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Bayi. Loser Qujing Yunnan keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Jiangsu Phoenix will meet Henan Elephants (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Qujing Yunnan will play against Shanghai Octopus (#10) and hope to secure a win.
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Fujian - Shenyang 74-94

WCBA top team - Shenyang Golden Lions (17-2) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Fujian Nanan (0-19) in Putian 94-74. Shenyang Golden Lions have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They maintain first place with 17-2 record. Fujian Nanan at the other side still closes the standingsShenyang Golden Lions are looking forward to face league's second-placed Guangdong Dolphins in Dongguan in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Fujian Nanan will play at home against Heilongjiang Chenneng (#9) in Harbin and hopes to get finally their first victory.
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Bayi - Henan 86-75

Not a big story in a game in Yinzhou where 11th ranked Henan Elephants (6-13) were defeated by third ranked Bayi Kylin (13-6) 86-75 on Tuesday. Bayi Kylin maintains third place with 13-6 record having four points less than leader Shenyang, which they share with Jiangsu. Loser Henan Elephants dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Shanghai. Bayi Kylin will meet at home Liaoning Hengye (#5) in the next round. Henan Elephants will play against Jiangsu Phoenix (#4) in Yixing and hope to secure a win.
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Zhejiang - Liaoning 78-82

The game in Hangzhou was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Liaoning Hengye (12-7) played at the court of 6th ranked Zhejiang Far East (9-9). Liaoning Hengye managed to secure a 4-point victory 82-78. Liaoning Hengye maintains fifth place with 12-7 record. Zhejiang Far East at the other side keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. Liaoning Hengye will play against higher ranked Bayi Kylin (#3) in Yinzhou in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Zhejiang Far East will play on the road against Beijing Great Wall and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Standings - WCBA
WCBA Standings
 1. Shenyang 17-2 
 2. Guangdong 14-5 
 3. Bayi 13-6 
 4. Jiangsu 13-6 
 5. Liaoning 12-7 
 6. Zhejiang 9-9 
 7. Yunnan 9-10 
 8. Beijing 8-11 
 9. Heilongjiang 6-12 
 10. Shanghai 6-13 
 11. Henan 6-13 
 12. Fujian 0-19 


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  GERMANY - Women  


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


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  GREECE - Women  


Greek A1 round 14 best performance: Jordan Murphree - by Eurobasket News
American guard Jordan Murphree (183-G-87, agency: Merit Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Panathinaikos, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (18 points, five rebounds and four assists) to her team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team Amarillida (#12, 0-14) with 41-point margin 83-42. Panathinaikos maintains the 5th position in Greek A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Panathinaikos will need more victories to improve their 9-5 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Murphree as usually she does not deliver so high stats. Jordan Murphree averages this season 7.5ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Croatian Mirna Mazic (188-F-85) of Panionios. Mazic had a very good evening with a double-double of 12 points and 20 rebounds. Bad luck as Panionios lost that game 47-57 to slightly lower-ranked FEA Neas (#8, 7-7). Panionios managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Mazic is one of the most experienced players at Panionios and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Maria Chalivelaki (172-G-79) of Panathinaikos Athens (#5). Chalivelaki scored 16 points. She was a key player of Panathinaikos, leading her team to a 83-42 easy win against Amarillida (#12, 0-14). Panathinaikos needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 5 lost games. Chalivelaki has a very solid season. In 13 games in Greece she scored 8.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Diana Delva (188-F/C) of DAS Ano Liosa - 16 points and 13 rebounds
5. Anna Spiridopoulou (182-F-88) of Aris - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Kaili McLaren (188-F-88) of Apollon - 16 points and 15 rebounds
7. Tania Halivera (178-G-85) of FEA Neas - 10 points and 10 rebounds
8. Gabriela Marginean (185-F-87) of Panathinaikos - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Lidia Milkova (192-C-70) of Esperides - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Asimina Koutsounouri (190-C) of Olympiakos - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Daglas replaced Papapetrou at Proteas Voulas - by George Fragkos
After one more consecutive defeat, relegation-fighters AEO Proteas Voulas have decided to replace the head coach in order to stop the bad streak of results. Arguris Papapetrou is no longer at the bench of the team, having agreed with the board to leave and let somebody else try to save Proteas from the drop.

This hard mission was assigned to a very experienced coach, Alekos Daglas , who returns to women basketball after a brief pass by Pagkrati and men basketball. Daglas's history in women A1 is very successful. In 2008 he won with Esperides the Greek cup and the following he was 'reigned' both Champion and Cup Winner with the same team.

Though, his job is at Proteas is very difficult. The team is third from the bottom, two wins away from PAOK, which seem to be the only team they hope to pass and stay in A1.



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Hollingsworth's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
22-year old center Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for SEAT Lami and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
She had a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds, while her team outclassed BSE (#10, 4-16) with 42-point margin 87-45. SEAT Lami maintains the 3rd position in Hungarian A. They are still close to the very top. SEAT Lami would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 17-3 record. Hollingsworth just recently signed at SEAT Lami, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Quanitra Hollingsworth averages this season 19.6ppg and 10.4rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Ieva Kublina (193-C-82) of SEAT Lami Ved Gyor. She is Latvian center in her first season at SEAT Lami. In the last game Kublina recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds. Of course she lead SEAT Lami to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked BSE (#10, 4-16) 87-45. SEAT Lami's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. Her team lost just three games this season, while they won 17 matches. Kublina is a newcomer at SEAT Lami and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 13.5ppg (#9). She also registered 6.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Rita Hegedus (193-F-78) of Nanette FTC (#5). Hegedus scored 29 points and grabbed seven rebounds. She was a key player of Nanette FTC, leading her team to a 92-55 easy win against the lower-ranked Cegledi EKK (#13, 1-19). Nanette FTC needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 6 lost games. Hegedus has a very solid season. In 20 games in Hungary she scored 13.0ppg. She also has 4.8rpg, 2.1spg and FGP: 58.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Olena Zherzherunova (191-F-78) of Szeged - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Monika Bukovszki (171-G-79) of ZTE - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Iva Roglic (189-F-88) of Szeged - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Nikoletta Turoczi (187-F/C-80) of Nanette FTC - 16 points and 5 rebounds
8. Barbara Semsei (178-G-86) of SEAT Lami - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Bettina Baksa (173-G-92) of Cegledi EKK - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Szandra Pal (175-G-86) of Vasas-Csata - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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  INDIA - Women  


Interview with Geethu Anna Jose - by M. Rajalingam

She was the captain of India national basketball team (Womens). She joined the Southern Railway in 2003.She played for the Ringwood (Australia) Hawks during the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Big V seasons and while she was selected to play for Dandenong in the Australian WNBL 2008/9 season; she did not take up that offer. She is the first Indian women basketball player to become a professional and play for a club in Australia.
I had the chance to interview Geethu Anna Jose in a State level Cub tournament in Chennai, and heres the conversation we had about her and basketball.
Geethu Anna Jose (185-C-85)
Rajalingam: Can you tell us how you got into basketball?
Geethu Anna Jose: I started my sports training in Athletics, then moved to Volleyball I my school days. It was my school principal, who encouraged me to try my hand at basketball. I started my basketball training from my age of 13. And then, I got recruited by Southern Railway, and I am playing for them for the past 7 years.

Rajalingam: Are you still playing for Ringwood Hawks?
Geethu Anna Jose: I am not playing for them right now. Their playing season coincided with the dates of the National Camp here, and playing for my Country will always be my priority.

Rajalingam: How will compare Australian women players with Indian women players?
Geethu Anna Jose: The Australian players have good work ethics. Even the bench players there, plays well than the main players here.

Rajalingam: What you can say about the basketball scenario in Australia and India?
Geethu Anna Jose: In Australia, kids start playing the game, when they are 5 years. Here, in our country, our kids play cricket. Things have to change a lot, for the same to happen in India.

Rajalingam: How you got selected to play for the Ringwood Hawks?
Geethu Anna Jose: Actually, I was playing in Melbourne in the Commonwealth games, and the team scout contacted Anil Kumar sir and he helped me join their team.

Rajalingam: What you can tell about the coaching system in Australia and India?
Geethu Anna Jose: The coaching system is completely different in Australia. They have a team of professionals like coach, trainer and a psychologist, so the coach can focus on the on-court training alone. But here, the coach has the burden of taking care of both on- and off-court training schedules.

Rajalingam: Have you got any sponsors as of now?
Geethu Anna Jose: I could not get any sponsors until now. Most of them were not willing to sponsor me, as I was already employed by Southern railway. I am still looking out for sponsors, and I hope to get one.
Rajalingam: Whats your view about taking basketball as a profession?
Geethu Anna Jose: In other countries like Australia, players play the game since there is money in the game, and also because they get paid well. But in India, we play the game for the love of it. But the scene is slightly improving in India, with the recent decision about paying the team players.

Rajalingam: What do you feel about the growth of basketball in Tamil Nadu?
Geethu Anna Jose: Basketball is really growing in Tamil Nadu. Mr.Ramajayam sir, the President of Tamil Nadu Basketball Association is really doing a good job. And the game has been promoted better than before. There was nothing in the game before.

Rajalingam: Whats your future plans in your basketball career?
Geethu Anna Jose: As I have already played for an Australian league, I have an exposure to the International leagues. I am planning to try my hands at the WNBA trials and hope to play in WNBA, in near future.
Kudos to you, Geethu. My wishes for you to play in WNBA.




Interview with Geethu Anna Jose - by M. Rajalingam

She was the captain of India national basketball team (Womens). She joined the Southern Railway in 2003.She played for the Ringwood (Australia) Hawks during the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Big V seasons and while she was selected to play for Dandenong in the Australian WNBL 2008/9 season; she did not take up that offer. She is the first Indian women basketball player to become a professional and play for a club in Australia.
I had the chance to interview Geethu Anna Jose in a State level Cub tournament in Chennai, and heres the conversation we had about her and basketball.


Rajalingam: Can you tell us how you got into basketball?
Geethu Anna Jose: I started my sports training in Athletics, then moved to Volleyball I my school days. It was my school principal, who encouraged me to try my hand at basketball. I started my basketball training from my age of 13. And then, I got recruited by Southern Railway, and I am playing for them for the past 7 years.

Rajalingam: Are you still playing for Ringwood Hawks?
Geethu Anna Jose: I am not playing for them right now. Their playing season coincided with the dates of the National Camp here, and playing for my Country will always be my priority.

Rajalingam: How will compare Australian women players with Indian women players?
Geethu Anna Jose: The Australian players have good work ethics. Even the bench players there, plays well than the main players here.

Rajalingam: What you can say about the basketball scenario in Australia and India?
Geethu Anna Jose: In Australia, kids start playing the game, when they are 5 years. Here, in our country, our kids play cricket. Things have to change a lot, for the same to happen in India.

Rajalingam: How you got selected to play for the Ringwood Hawks?
Geethu Anna Jose: Actually, I was playing in Melbourne in the Commonwealth games, and the team scout contacted Anil Kumar sir and he helped me join their team.

Rajalingam: What you can tell about the coaching system in Australia and India?
Geethu Anna Jose: The coaching system is completely different in Australia. They have a team of professionals like coach, trainer and a psychologist, so the coach can focus on the on-court training alone. But here, the coach has the burden of taking care of both on- and off-court training schedules.

Rajalingam: Have you got any sponsors as of now?
Geethu Anna Jose: I could not get any sponsors until now. Most of them were not willing to sponsor me, as I was already employed by Southern railway. I am still looking out for sponsors, and I hope to get one.


Rajalingam: Whats your view about taking basketball as a profession?
Geethu Anna Jose: In other countries like Australia, players play the game since there is money in the game, and also because they get paid well. But in India, we play the game for the love of it. But the scene is slightly improving in India, with the recent decision about paying the team players.

Rajalingam: What do you feel about the growth of basketball in Tamil Nadu?
Geethu Anna Jose: Basketball is really growing in Tamil Nadu. Mr.Ramajayam sir, the President of Tamil Nadu Basketball Association is really doing a good job. And the game has been promoted better than before. There was nothing in the game before.

Rajalingam: Whats your future plans in your basketball career?
Geethu Anna Jose: As I have already played for an Australian league, I have an exposure to the International leagues. I am planning to try my hands at the WNBA trials and hope to play in WNBA, in near future.


Kudos to you, Geethu. My wishes for you to play in WNBA.


Geethu Anna Jose (185-C-85)


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Standings (W)
D1 Standings
 1. Elitzur Ramla 17-1 
 2. Electra Ramat 13-5 
 3. Ramat Hen 12-6 
 4. Maccabi Ashdod 11-6 
 5. H.R. Le-Zion 11-7 
 6. Raanana Her. 9-8 
 7. Elitzur Netanya 7-9 
 8. Elitzur Holon 4-14 
 9. Elitzur R.Le-Zion 3-15 
 10. Hapoel T-A 0-16 


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  ITALY - Women  


Best players of Italian A1 round 16 - by Eurobasket News
Australian Laura Summerton (191-C-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for Bracco Geas Sesto San Giovanni and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 27-year old center had the game-high 33 points adding seven rebounds for Bracco Geas in her team's victory, helping them to beat Lucca (#8, 6-9) 67-53. Bracco Geas maintains the 4th position in Italian A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Bracco Geas will need more victories to improve their 11-4 record. Summerton turned to be Bracco Geas' top player in her first season with the team. Summerton has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in points (3rd best: 14.8ppg) and averages solid 59.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old Serbian swingman Tanja Cirov (181-G/F-81) of Priolo. Cirov impressed basketball fans with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course she lead Priolo to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Pozzuoli (#12, 2-14) 104-67. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Priolo keeps 9th position. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-10 record. Cirov is one of the most experienced players at Priolo and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.4ppg (#1).

The third best performed player last round was Jamaican Vanessa Gidden (193-C/F-85) of Vomero NA (#11). Gidden scored 18 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Gidden's great performance Vomero NA lost 61-70 to the higher-ranked Comense (#7, 7-9). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. Vomero NA can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 4-12 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Gidden she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Gidden has individually a great season in Italy. After 16 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.6rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sidney Spencer (191-F-85) of Priolo - 19 points and 11 rebounds
5. Geraldine Robert (184-F-80) of Umbertide - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Lauren Ervin (191-F-85) of Faenza - 11 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Adriana Moises Pinto (169-G-78) of Faenza - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Francesca Zara (177-G-76) of Umbertide - 9 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Cameo Hicks (178-G/F-84) of Comense - 17 points and 5 rebounds
10. Tamecka Dixon (176-G-75) of Pozzuoli - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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  JUCO - Women  


Bee Breaks Record, Coach Lafata has Schoolcraft College Running Toward Finals - by Eurobasket
The Michigan Community College Athletic Association playoffs are on the horizon. With eight new freshmen, Schoolcraft College coach Karen Lafata, is trying to direct her team to the National Junior College Athletic Association finals for the third straight year. The NJCAA tourney will be hosted by Illinois Central College in East Peoria, Illinois March 16-19.
Currently the Schoolcraft Ladies are ranked sixth in the country. The Lady Ocelots (20-3) have won their last 15 games. In their last three games they came from behind to beat Delta College, 56-51. They also bested Kirkland Community College on the road, 67-55 and Mott Community College, 90-66 at home.
The win against Delta College was the 58th straight home win for the Lady Ocelots. Its the Schoolcraft family and team approach, I have great help from my longtime assistant coaches Kevin Brathwaite and Marty Simmonds, said Lafata.
Kimberly Bee became the all-time leading rebounder for Schoolcraft College. She has been outstanding with all parts of her game, added Lafata. Bee grabbed 21 rebounds versus Delta College while adding another 18 boards against Kirkland CC.
Bee, a 61 sophomore, center, now has 700 career rebounds. Maricka Seays had the old Schoolcraft College womens mark of 670 from 2005-07.
Delta (14-7) led at halftime, 27-20 sparked by Grace Baumgartner who had four-3s in the game. Schoolcraft took their first lead at 13:20 of the second-half. Freshman, Shawnicka Thomas had an effective give-and-go with Cameo Kendrick at 12:20 and that was a game highlight. Thomas added two more quick baskets which started to seal the comeback. Diamond Tolliver had 15 points for the winners.
Delta College coach Kelly Miller, got a non-stop effort from freshman, Jessica Duncan who bombed in two-3s. Also, freshman, Nana Hall had two steals in the last two minutes to keep it close for the Pioneers.
Against Kirkland CC, Bee had 13 points and also six blocked shots. Four other Schoolcraft players scored in double figures, Tolliver-15, Kendrick-12, Thomas-10 and Shealica Grandberry-10.
At halftime, Kirtland trailed 33-25 and pulled to within five, 55-50, but could not get closer. Gina Gerow paced the Firebirds (8-12) with 14 points. Micaiah King added 11 points and nine boards, while Teri Taylor chipped in with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Dominque Richard also tallied 10 points.
Against Mott CC the Lady Ocelots continued their winning ways at home, 90-46. Tolliver, a freshman guard, had 19 points to go along with five assists for the winners.
Bee added 13 points, 13 rebounds, and seven blocks. Amber Sammons also had 13 points and dished out five assists, while Kendrick added 11 points.
It was a balanced attack as Thomas, Charlise Slater and Shanequa Braggs each scored 10 points for the Lady Ocelots. Braggs also grabbed nine rebounds, while Grandberry also had five assists. The Schoolcraft Ladies shot 53% from the floor.
Mott CC which had a short staffed bench got 12 points from Adrienne Weaver, while Beth Kozar added 11 and Keyanni Bell tossed in 10. Mott played us gritty, they always compete, added Lafata.
The game was broadcast on the Schoolcraft College Television Network. The telecast will have an encore presentation on Wowway, Brighthouse and selected Comcast channels. The next SCTN broadcast will be February 9, against Oakland CC 9-10. It will be Pink Zone Night, with games at 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM. Proceeds will benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. A special collectors tee-shirt will be available for purchase. Pete Krupsky and Raymond Rolak will call the action from courtside. Check listings for times and dates. more at www.schoolcraft.edu

RJ Rolak


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Standings - LSBL
LSBL Standings
 1. TTT Riga 18-0 
 2. LU 15-3 
 3. RTU-Merks 12-6 
 4. TTT Juniores 10-7 
 5. TTT Kadetes 8-11 
 6. Daugavpils 5-14 
 7. Cesis 3-16 
 8. Liepajas 2-16 


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  LU
  (176-G/F-90)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Krastina, LU22.3 
 2. Krumberga, TTT R.18.9 
 3. Hollingswort., TTT R.18.4 
 4. Lisnere, Cesis18.1 
 5. Jakobsone, Cesis17.8 
 6. Eibele, TTT Riga15.8 
 7. Teilane, RTU-Merks15.4 
 8. Surkusa, TTT J.14.8 
 9. Butler, TTT Riga14.5 
 10. Egle, Daugavpils14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Liga SURKUSA
  TTT Riga
  (192-C-91)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Surkusa, TTT J.12.1 
 2. Teilane, RTU-Merks11.3 
 3. Lisnere, Cesis10.6 
 4. Hollingswort., TTT R.10.2 
 5. Lagzdina, TTT J.10.0 
 6. Butler, TTT Riga9.5 
 7. Pavlovska, RTU-M.8.5 
 8. Veidere, TTT K.8.4 
 9. Zarina, LU8.1 
 10. Zellous, TTT Riga7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Anda EIBELE
  TTT Riga
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Eibele, TTT Riga5.8 
 2. Zellous, TTT Riga4.7 
 3. Jevsejeva, Dauga.4.1 
 4. Krastina, LU3.9 
 5. Karklina, TTT Riga3.8 
 6. Butler, TTT Riga3.0 
 7. Neimane, TTT J.2.9 
 8. Staugaitiene, TTT R.2.8 
 9. Kazakevica, Dauga.2.7 
 10. Sarja, TTT Juniores2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  LU
  (176-G/F-90)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Krastina, LU4.3 
 2. Karklina, TTT Riga3.4 
 3. Eibele, TTT Riga3.3 
 4. Zellous, TTT Riga3.0 
 5. Butler, TTT Riga2.9 
 6. Krumberga, TTT R.2.6 
 7. Kazakevica, Dauga.2.5 
 8. Bridina, TTT K.2.5 
 9. Zeltina, Cesis2.4 
 10. Nimane, TTT Riga2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Anita TEILANE
  Satu Mare
  (196-C-85)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Teilane, RTU-Merks3.4 
 2. Veidere, TTT K.3.3 
 3. Surkusa, TTT J.2.1 
 4. Hollingswort., TTT R.1.7 
 5. Zellous, TTT Riga1.3 
 6. Lisnere, Cesis1.2 
 7. Nimane, TTT Riga1.2 
 8. Egle, Daugavpils1.1 
 9. Vitola, RTU-Merks0.8 
 10. Egle, Daugavpils0.8 


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Desportivo are crowned as National Champions - by Eurobasket News
Desportivo clinched the National Championship crown. They defeated Ferroviaro 67:43 to triumph in the country. It was the third straight title for a Nazir Sale team. Desportivo dominated the decisive game right from the start. They recorded a comfortable 26:8 lead after the opening frame. They stretched the margin to 19 points at halftime 41:22. Desportivo never slowed down in the second half and posted a well-deserved win at the end. Leia Dongue (184-F-91) was named the MVP of the tournament.


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WAC takes action against the altercation between Fresno State's and Louisiana Tech's players - by George Fragkos
Western Athletic Conference commissioner Karl Benson announced today that both Fresno St.'s and Louisiana Tech's women's basketball teams have been publicly reprimanded for violating the WAC's sportsmanship code in a postgame incident following their February 5 contest in Ruston.

At the conclusion of Louisiana Tech's 90-84 overtime victory, an altercation at center court resulted in a confrontation involving both teams.

In addition, Fresno St.'s Marnique Arnold (5'9''-G/F-89) and Louisiana Tech's Brietta Thomas (5'11''-G-90) have each been suspended for one game due to their individual actions in the exchange. Both players will serve their suspension in their respective team's next game. Louisiana Tech hosts New Mexico State tonight while Fresno St. hosts Boise State on Thursday.

Courtesy: WAC


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Kvinneligaen Round 13: Ullern loses to Ulriken in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

Very significant was Ulriken's (#2, 11-2) victory against 4th placed Ullern (6-7) 58-54. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ullern won third quarter 10-7. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. International swingman Maren Hoff Austgulen (183-91) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 24 rebounds for the winners and American guard Hailey Dunham (188-87, college: USC, agency: Merit Sports) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. Ulriken's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side the former international guard Kristine Kristiansen (-75) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Ulriken (11-2) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place behind leader Gimle. Ullern at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Ulriken will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ullern's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Oslo Oslo.
Very significant was Gimle's (#1, 12-1) victory against 4th placed Ullern (6-7) 67-55. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Gimle. They maintain first place with 12-1 record. Ullern at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Gimle will play against NTNUI (#5) in Trondheim in the next round. Ullern's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Oslo Oslo.
Bottom-ranked Oslo (0-11) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 11th consecutive match to sixth ranked Nordstrand (2-10) 68-34 on Friday evening. Ellen Aas fired 14 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Eeva-Maria Mannikkoe produced 3 points and 11 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. Nordstrand maintains sixth place with 2-10 record. Oslo lost their ninth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Nordstrand will meet at home higher ranked Asker/BV (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Oslo's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Oslo to the arena Ullern.
Fourth ranked Ullern (6-7) crushed at home 6th ranked Nordstrand (2-10) by 40 points 83-43, which is the biggest margin this round. Worth to mention a great performance of Kristine Kristiansen who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 17 steals. Nordstrand's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Ullern maintains fourth place with 6-7 record. Nordstrand lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with ten games lost. Ullern's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Oslo Oslo.



Ulriken - Ullern 58-54

Very significant was Ulriken's (#2, 11-2) victory against 4th placed Ullern (6-7) 58-54. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ullern won third quarter 10-7. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. International swingman Maren Hoff Austgulen (183-91) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 24 rebounds for the winners and American guard Hailey Dunham (188-87, college: USC, agency: Merit Sports) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. Ulriken's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side the former international guard Kristine Kristiansen (-75) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and forward Therese Hager (183, college: Sam Houston St.) scored 8 points and 12 rebounds. Ulriken (11-2) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place behind leader Gimle. Ullern at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Ulriken will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ullern's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Oslo Oslo.
Top scorers:
Ulriken: H.Dunham 20+6reb+2ast, M.Hoff Austgulen 15+24reb+2ast, E.Gronas 12+1reb+2ast, A.Yddal 6+3reb, S.Austgulen 5+7reb+2ast, S.Gronhaug 0+2reb
Ullern: K.Kristiansen 17+10reb+4ast, T.Hager 8+12reb+2ast, E.Englund 8+2reb, G.Nyquist 8+2reb+1ast, O.Austheim 6+2reb+1ast, K.Fadnes 5+8reb+1ast
gschID: 108458


Ullern - Nordstrand 83-43

Fourth ranked Ullern (6-7) crushed at home 6th ranked Nordstrand (2-10) by 40 points 83-43, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Ullern led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Nordstrand to just 6 points in third quarter and to 12 points in second half. Ullern dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Nordstrand's 38. They outrebounded Nordstrand 44-24 including a 22-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Ullern players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Nordstrand's players. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Kristine Kristiansen (-75) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 17 steals. Forward Therese Hager (183, college: Sam Houston St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Ullern players scored in double figures. Guard Ellen Aas (-81) answered with 11 points and guard Anya Sodal (-67) added 8 points in the effort for Nordstrand. Nordstrand's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Ullern maintains fourth place with 6-7 record. Nordstrand lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with ten games lost. Ullern's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Oslo Oslo.
Top scorers:
Ullern: K.Kristiansen 17+6reb+7ast, T.Hager 13+11reb+3ast, H.Blikra 11+2ast, G.Nyquist 10+7reb+7ast, K.Fadnes 10+3reb+4ast, P.Gudmundsen 10+4reb
Nordstrand: E.Aas 11+2reb+1ast, A.Sodal 8+2reb+3ast, K.Kroge 8+2reb+3ast, I.Dyngeland 4+4reb+2ast, M.Oloughlin 4+2reb, C.Wetter 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 108455


Nordstrand - Oslo 68-34

Bottom-ranked Oslo (0-11) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 11th consecutive match to sixth ranked Nordstrand (2-10) 68-34 on Friday evening. The game without a history. Nordstrand led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Oslo to just 5 points in second and third quarters. Nordstrand held Oslo to an opponent 24.4 percent shooting from the field compared to 40.0 percent accuracy of the winners. Nordstrand forced 29 Oslo turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Oslo's players. Guard Ellen Aas (-81) fired 14 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Forward Kristina Kroge (-87) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Guard Eeva-Maria Mannikkoe produced 3 points and 11 rebounds and guard Siv Pettersen added 8 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. Nordstrand maintains sixth place with 2-10 record. Oslo lost their ninth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Nordstrand will meet at home higher ranked Asker/BV (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Oslo's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Oslo to the arena Ullern.
Top scorers:
Nordstrand: K.Kroge 15+6reb+4ast, E.Aas 14+6reb+8ast, M.Backe 11+2reb+1ast, K.Ankarstrand 8+1reb, C.Wetter 8+1reb+3ast, A.Sodal 6+1reb+1ast
Oslo: S.Pettersen 8+3reb, I.Reithaug 5+2reb+1ast, S.El-Masrouri 4+2reb+1ast, A.Gudmundsen 4+2reb+2ast, S.Yapici 4+1reb+3ast, E.Mannikkoe 3+11reb
gschID: 108456


Gimle - Ullern 67-55

Very significant was Gimle's (#1, 12-1) victory against 4th placed Ullern (6-7) 67-55. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Gimle. They maintain first place with 12-1 record. Ullern at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Gimle will play against NTNUI (#5) in Trondheim in the next round. Ullern's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Oslo Oslo.
gschID: 108457




Standings - Women
Kvinneligaen Standings
 1. Gimle 12-1 
 2. Ulriken 11-2 
 3. Asker/BV 9-3 
 4. Ullern 6-7 
 5. NTNUI 2-8 
 6. Nordstrand 2-10 
 7. Oslo 0-11 


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Garcia's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old guard Laura Garcia (175-G-81) put on an amazing game in the last round for Cadi la Seu D'urgell and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
She had a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds, while her team beat Real C.Vigo (5-12) 67-59. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Cadi la Seu is placed at 12th position in Spanish LFB. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 12 games and recorded just five victories. It was one of impressive evenings for Garcia as usually she does not deliver so high stats. Laura Garcia averages this season 10.4ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Eshaya Marie Murphy (180-G/F-85) of Soller Joventud Mariana. She is Puerto Rican-American swingman in her first season at Mariana. In the last game Murphy recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Mariana to edge slightly higher-ranked Mann Filter (#4, 12-5) by 6 points 63-57. This victory allowed Mariana to move up to 5th position in the standings. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-9 record. Murphy is a newcomer at Mariana and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.3ppg (#1). She also registered 8.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Gisela Vega (188-C-82) of Girona (#7). Vega scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds. She was a key player of Girona, leading her team to a 70-53 easy win against Ibiza (8-9). The chances of Girona ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Vega could help Girona to bring them higher in the standings. The season just started for Vega as she played only first game. But it already looks like she can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Helena Boada (174-G-87) of Navarra - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Aina Denti (195-C-85) of Olesa - 15 points and 7 rebounds
6. Tamara Abalde (188-G-89) of Navarra - 17 points and 9 rebounds
7. Kaayla Chones (191-C-81) of Navarra - 18 points and 8 rebounds
8. Iva Sliskovic (196-F-84) of Real C.Vigo - 15 points and 7 rebounds
9. Cintia Dos Santos (195-C-75) of Navarra - 14 points and 2 rebounds
10. Egle Stakneviciene (190-F-85) of Real C.Vigo - 15 points and 9 rebounds

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


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Jessica Nilsson gets MVP of the Week award for Swedish Damligan - by Eurobasket News
Talented international forward Jessica Nilsson (184-F-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Solna Vikings and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 21-year old forward had the game-high 32 points adding six rebounds for Solna Vikings in her team's victory, helping them to outclass Brahe (#12, 1-20) with 53-point margin 87-34. Solna Vikings maintains the 2nd position in Swedish Damligan. They are still close to the very top. Solna Vikings would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 16-4 record. In the team's last game Nilsson had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range. It's her second year at Solna Vikings and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Jessica Nilsson averages this season 13.7ppg and 6.1rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American swingman Pamela Rosanio (178-G/F-86) of Umea. Rosanio impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 30 points and 11 rebounds. Of course she lead Umea to another comfortable win 78-64 over slightly lower-ranked Brahe (#12, 1-20) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Umea keeps 11th position. 18 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Umea managed to get this year. Rosanio is one of the most experienced players at Umea and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.4ppg (#1). She also registered 8.4 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Solna Vikings' star - American Eureka Brooks (170-G-86). Brooks showcased her all-around game by recording 14 points, six rebounds and four assists in the last round. She was another key player of Solna Vikings, helping her team with a 87-34 easy win against the lower-ranked Brahe (#12, 1-20). Solna Vikings is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 16-4 record is not that bad... Brooks has a very solid season. In 20 games in Sweden she scored 13.4ppg. She also has 4.9rpg and 3.2spg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-G-91) of Telge - 10 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Vivian Frieson (183-F-88) of Kvarnby - 17 points and 17 rebounds
6. Ida Aasa (177-G-91) of Umea - 24 points and 4 rebounds
7. Sabrina Scott (190-C-81) of Lulea BBK - 7 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
8. LaTangela Atkinson (188-G/F-84) of Norrkoping - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Salome Kabengano (177-G-92) of Telge - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Tanya Massamba (182-F-91) of Norrkoping - 13 points and 10 rebounds

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


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  TURKEY - Women  


TKBL Round 16: Leader Fenerbahce gets another victory - by Eurobasket News
Leader Fenerbahce delivered the fifteenth win on Monday night. This time they crushed 9th ranked Ceyhan Bld (5-11) 91-70 in Istanbul. The ga