EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/1/2011

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  ABA   


Mavericks saddle Stallions on the road - by Gianni Pascucci
Just after the All-Star Game, the Southeast Texas Mavericks defeated the Oklahoma Stallions, 123-90 saturday night in Oklahoma City. The Mavericks came out fast and took control of the game early. The very athletic Stallions battled, but the Mavericks were just too big and had too much depth for the Stallions to sustain a winning effort over the course of an entire game.
SETX continued its balanced attack as seven Mavericks scored in double figures. Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: IUPUI) led the way with 25 points. Brandon Davis (6'7''-F/C, college: S.Alabama) followed up with 12 points. Desmond Cambridge (6'0''-G-79, college: Alabama A&M), P.J. Couisnard (6'4''-G/F-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Wichita St.), Hollis Giles (6'3''-G, college: Georgetown, KY), and Jon Rogers (6'9''-F/C-84, college: Valdosta St.) all put in 11 points. Andre Valentine (6'5''-F-78, college: Connors State JC) led the Stallions with 22 points. Steven Dunn put in 20 points. Marchello Vealy (6'8''-F-86, college: ORU) scored 19 points respectively.
The Mavericks will be back in action tomorrow night as they will host the Arlington Bulldogs at the NJEC Arena in Winnie, TX. Tip-off will be at 7:30 PM.



East wins ABA All-Star Game - Ayeni named MVP - by Gianni Pascucci
(courtesy of Jeff Elliott, http://jacksonville.com ) It took three hours to complete the first American Basketball Association All-Star Game held in Jacksonville, and it still came down to the final second to decide the outcome. West guard Devon Pearson (6'6''-F-84, college: SMU) (North Dallas Vandals) missed his first free-throw attempt and surprisingly made the second one with one second remaining, leaving the visiting West team a point short as the all stars from the East team prevailed by a 123-122 score Saturday afternoon in front of an enthusiastic announced crowd of 4,488 at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. The game featured the 12 top players from teams west of the Mississippi River against a dozen players from ABA teams from the East. The latter group included the Jacksonville Giants, who were represented by center Jermaine Bell (6'11''-F/C-84, college: Indian Hills CC) and Ed Horton (6'4''-G-85, college: Murray St.)..
Like any typical all-star game, individual play trumped the team concept. The West team managed 11-of-29 shots from 3-point range for 37.9 percent, and the East team needed 40 attempts from beyond the arc to make nine baskets, a meager 22.5 percent. But the East got its most important 3-pointer when it needed it the most. Kayode Ayeni (6'5''-F-88, college: St.Francis, NY) (Jersey Express) drilled one from 24 feet out with 45 seconds left to forge a 120-120 tie.
The West missed a chance to regain the lead and the East's Anthony Jackson (5'6''-G-85) (Columbus Riverballers) was fouled seconds later. He converted a pair of free throws with 22 seconds left to push the East in front 122-120. West guard Richie Williams (5'10''-G-87, college: San Diego St.) (San Diego Sol) was fouled with six seconds left but missed a chance to tie the game by making just 1 of 2. Ayeni duplicated that with four seconds left in the game to push the East back to a two-point lead, but Pearson missed a chance to send the game to overtime when he clanked the first attempt off the back of the rim.
'I didn't have to do much coaching in that first half as a lot of guys were out there exposing their talent,' said East and Jacksonville Giants coach Kevin Waters . 'But then in the fourth quarter, things got a little tight. We wanted to come out with a win, so I started doing some coaching there to help our guys. This was a good game for the players and the fans who came out to see it. Any time the game goes down to the final second, it's a good game for the fans.'
Ayeni, who played at St. Francis College in New York, was selected as the game's MVP. He said it was a perfect ending to his first-ever all-star game.
'I've been excited to be here ever since I stepped off the plane from New York where it was in the 30s and it was close to 80 here,' said Ayeni, a forward for New Jersey who finished with a game-high 25 points. 'I can't put into words my feelings right now. I've never played in an all-star game and I never thought I would reach this level a couple years ago. Now I'm looking to take it one more level [the NBA]'.
The game left a favorable impression on ABA president Dick Packer . He praised the work of Giants owner Ron Sholes and the team staff for their administration of the game 'Jacksonville took a big challenge here and performed great. I can't say anything but nice things about their staff and the way they performed here,' Packer said. 'For a team that is new to our league, for them to jump up and do what they did, that's an impressive showing.'



Admirals defeat Detroit - by Gianni Pascucci
The Lake Michigan Admirals beat the Detroit Hoops, 143-111 sunday night at Benton Harbor High School in front of approximately 900 fans.
What was amazing about the game Sunday night was that all nine players that played were in double figures including Gordon Chase (6'5''-F-86, college: Georgetown, KY) with a game high 25pts. 'The players are really gelling with one another and we are starting to come together right in time for the playoffs,' stated Coach Che Eddie . Steven Strong (6'3''-G-84) scored 19 pts and Allen White (6'3''-G-84, college: Huntingdon) 17. Odgra Bobo (6'6''-F-85, college: Oakland CC) played in the All-Star game on Saturday and flew back on an earlier flight Sunday morning just so he could contribute to the team. Bobo arrived at halftime and came in halfway through the 3rd quarter and ignited the crowd with monterous dunks and fast breaking action. Bobo scored 16pts., 4reb, 5 assists, and 2 steals in a quarter and a half. Now that's an All-Star.
Next game in on March 2nd at Eau Claire High School against the Benton Harbor All-Stars. Next Saturday the playoffs are being held at Bangor High School starting at 5pm with Jersey Express vs. Indiana Diesels and 7pm Admirals vs. Hoops. The winner of these two games play on Sunday at 3:00pm at Bangor High School.


Standings
ABA Standings
 1. Colorado Kings 17-0 
 2. Arlington B. 2-3 
 3. NY Prime Time 1-4 
 4. Santa Barbara 0-0 
 5. Texas RR 0-1 
 6. Shizuoka Gym. 0-4 
Gulf Coast
 1. SE Texas M. 25-1 
 2. Gulf Coast F. 7-4 
 3. Mobile Bay H. 4-2 
 4. Louisiana U. 1-5 
 5. Cypress 0-0 
 6. Houston R.S. 0-9 
Mid-Atlantic
 1. Seven Cities 15-2 
 2. Atlanta V. 0-0 
 3. Charlotte 0-0 
 4. College Park 0-0 
 5. Fayetteville F. 0-0 
 6. Georgia G. 0-0 
 7. Georgia K. 0-0 
NoCal
 1. E.Bay Pitbulls 14-5 
 2. Bay Area M. 13-7 
 3. Modesto H. 9-8 
 4. California SK 8-6 
 5. Sacramento H. 8-6 
 6. S.Francisco R. 5-3 
 7. Clayton 0-0 
North Central
 1. Chicago Steam 13-3 
 2. Lake Michigan 10-5 
 3. NWI M.Stars 4-6 
 4. Detroit Hoops 0-0 
 5. Elkhart E. 0-0 
 6. Indianapolis 0-0 
 7. Kansas City S. 0-0 
 8. Pittsburgh P. 0-0 
Northeast
 1. Jersey Expr. 3-1 
 2. NY Red Riders 0-0 
 3. NY Thunder 0-0 
 4. S.Jersey 0-0 
 5. Tri-City Suns 0-0 
Northwest
 1. Seattle M. 13-1 
SoCal
 1. San Diego Sol 14-3 
 2. Las Vegas A. 9-1 
 3. LA Slam 8-6 
 4. San Diego S. 7-6 
 5. Compton C. 0-0 
 6. S.Valley Fever 0-0 
 7. Mid-Valley 0-1 
 8. Riverside R. 0-1 
 9. SoCal Swish 0-4 
South Central
 1. E.Kentucky En. 16-1 
 2. St. Louis 8-3 
 3. Columbus Diesel 8-4 
 4. Kentucky B. 0-0 
 5. Kentucky C. 0-0 
 6. W.Virginia B. 0-0 
Southeast
 1. Jacksonville 19-0 
 2. Columbus Life 11-2 
 3. Savannah Storm 10-6 
 4. Heartland P. 8-3 
 5. Bahama PS 0-0 
 6. Florida M. 0-0 
 7. Florida Th. 0-0 
 8. Orlando Kings 0-0 
 9. Team Haiti 0-0 
Southwest
 1. Texas Fuel 15-4 
 2. North Dallas 11-6 
 3. Oklahoma 8-6 
 4. West Texas W. 8-6 
 5. N.Texas F. 1-5 
 6. Dallas Impact 0-0 


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael LEE
  Radnicki
  (207-F-86)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Lee, Radnicki20.1 
 2. Zoric, KK.19.7 
 3. Macvan, Hemofarm19.2 
 4. Bogdanovic, Cibona18.9 
 5. Marsh, Crvena Z.18.4 
 6. Draper, Cedevita17.8 
 7. Edwards, Cedevita17.5 
 8. Chase, Igokea16.5 
 9. Car, Zadar16.0 
 10. Dragicevic, Buduc.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Zoric, KK.8.6 
 2. Harvey, Igokea7.6 
 3. Dragicevic, Buduc.7.0 
 4. Gist, Partizan6.9 
 5. Macvan, Hemofarm6.8 
 6. Kasun, KK.6.2 
 7. Nikolic, Crvena Z.5.8 
 8. Benda, CEZ Nymburk5.8 
 9. Necas, CEZ Nymburk5.8 
 10. Savovic, Hemofarm5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Draper, Cedevita5.5 
 2. Markovic, Radnicki4.9 
 3. Pavkovic, Hemofarm4.9 
 4. Morovic, Siroki TT4.2 
 5. Renfroe, KK.3.8 
 6. Ilievski, Union O.3.8 
 7. Chase, Igokea3.8 
 8. Nissim, CEZ N.3.5 
 9. Car, Zadar3.5 
 10. Vladovic, Zadar3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Draper, Cedevita2.4 
 2. Lee, Radnicki2.1 
 3. Stemberger, Siroki T.2.0 
 4. Car, Zadar2.0 
 5. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.9 
 6. Dragic, Krka1.8 
 7. Renfroe, KK.1.8 
 8. Radosevic, Cibona1.6 
 9. Simonovic, Buduc.1.6 
 10. Simmons, CEZ N.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Zoric, KK.1.3 
 2. Nikolic, Crvena Z.1.0 
 3. Dragicevic, Buduc.1.0 
 4. Radosevic, Cibona0.9 
 5. Shermadini, Union O.0.9 
 6. Jawai, Partizan0.8 
 7. Vesely, Partizan0.7 
 8. Chan, CEZ Nymburk0.7 
 9. Macvan, Hemofarm0.7 
 10. Gist, Partizan0.7 


Zoric's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Cedevita (#6, 11-11) 102-97. KK Zagreb CO maintains the 5th position in Adriatic League . They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. KK Zagreb CO will need more victories to improve their 13-9 record. Zoric has many years of experience at KK Zagreb CO, through which he has constantly improved. Zoric has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 19.7ppg) and averages solid 1.3bpg and 56.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Ante Krapic (202-F-85) of Cibona. He is a forward in his first season at Cibona. In the last game Krapic recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds. Of course Cibona cruised to a 78-68 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Igokea (10-12). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Cibona keeps 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-12 record. Krapic is a newcomer at Cibona 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 Michael Lee (207-F-86) of Radnicki Kragujevac (#7). Lee scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Lee's great performance Radnicki lost 64-80 to the higher-ranked Partizan (#1, 15-7). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Radnicki needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 11 victories and 11 lost games. Lee has a great season in Adriatic League. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.1ppg (best scorer). He also has 2.1spg and FGP: 55.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85) of KK Zagreb CO - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Milivoje Bozovic (210-F/C-85) of Hemofarm - 12 points and 17 rebounds
6. Ricardo Marsh (202-F-81) of Crvena Zvezda - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80) of Union Olimpija - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Brian Chase (178-G-81) of Igokea - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
9. Jan Vesely (211-F-90) of Partizan - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) of Cibona - 22 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)


Cedevita returns bug guy Andrija Zizic - by Eurobasket News
Cedevita announced signing of Andrija Zizic (207-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) for rest of the season. The player left French ASVEL to join his former team. Zizic played for Cedevita last season averaging 17.1 points and 5.8 rebounds for 25 Adriatic league games. He also added 13.2 ppg and 7.8 rpg in EuroClallenge, plus 11.7 ppg and 3.3 rpg in Croatian league. This season Zizic had 5.5 ppg and 3 rpg for 15 ProA games with ASVEL. He also added 11.1 ppg and 2 rpg for 5 EuroCup games, and 8.8 ppg and 7 rpg in four Euroleague qualification games.
Before Cedevita, Andrija Zizic split 2008/09 season between Galatasaray and CAI Zaragoza. He had 8/9 ppg and 4.3 rpg for 11 games in TBL. Later in ACB he added 4.9 ppg and 2.1 rpg for 15 games. Zizic played for Panathinaikos, Olympiakos, Cibona, Barcelona, Cibona and Split in the past.


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  ARGENTINA   


LigaA Round 20: Lanus is upset by Estudiantes - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most important game in the last round took place in Bahia Blanca between second ranked Lanus (13-7) and eleventh ranked Estudiantes (9-10) on Sunday night. Lanus was defeated by Estudiantes in a tough game on the road 67-75. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Lanus. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-13. But Lanus won third quarter 20-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Estudiantes shot 25 for 35 from the free-throw line, while Lanus only scored eight points from the stripe. 26 personal fouls committed by Lanus helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was naturalized Spanish guard Pepe Sanchez (193-77, college: Temple) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 assists and 4 steals. American-Spanish forward Devin Davis (202-74, college: Miami (OH)) chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds. American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Dream Team Management) produced 9 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Lanus' coach Silvio Jose Santander rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Estudiantes have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to tenth place. Lanus at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. Estudiantes are looking forward to face Olimpico de La Banda (#15) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Lanus will play against Monte Hermoso (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Penarol (12-8) against fifth ranked La Union (12-8) on Sunday night. Visiting Penarol was defeated by La Union in Formosa 91-76. American guard David Jackson (196-82, college: Penn St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 4 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Ruben Garces contributed with 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. The former international power forward Martin Leiva (208-80) replied with 13 points and 9 rebounds for Penarol. Penarol's coach Sergio Hernandez tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. La Union moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Penarol. La Union will play against Quimsa (#8) in Santiado Estero in the next round where they are favorite. Penarol will play on the road against Boca Juniors (#13) in Buenos Aires and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Sionista managed to get the second consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time they edged sixth-ranked Atenas in Parana 95-92. Worth to mention a great performance of Alejandro Zilli who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 7 rebounds. Gregory Lewis responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Sionista maintains sixteenth position with 6-14 record. Atenas lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with nine games lost. Sionista will meet league's leader Obras in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Atenas will play against Regatas Corrientes (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Leader Obras delivered the fourteenth victory. This time they beat 15th ranked Olimpico de La Banda (6-13) 88-79. The winners were led by Juan Gutierrez who scored that evening 24 points and 9 rebounds. Obras maintains first position with 14-6 record. Olimpico de La Banda at the other side keeps the fifteenth place with 13 games lost. Obras' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Sionista (#16) in Parana which should be an easy win for them. Olimpico de La Banda will play on the road against Estudiantes in Bahia Blanca.
Important game to mention about took place in Corrientes. Twelfth ranked Regatas Corrientes (9-12) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 9th ranked Monte Hermoso (9-11) 82-81 on Sunday evening. The best player for the winners was Federico Kammerichs who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 20 rebounds and 6 assists. Regatas Corrientes maintains twelfth position with 9-12 record. Monte Hermoso lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eleventh place with 11 games lost. Regatas Corrientes will face higher ranked Atenas (#7) in Cordoba in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

Rest of the games of round 20 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Gimnasia CR was crushed by Club 9 in Rio Tercero 96-76. Argentino was beaten by Boca Jrs at home 69-83. Quimsa lost to Libertad S. on the opponent's court 72-85.
The best stats of 20th round was 20 points and 12 rebounds by Ruben Wolkowyski of Libertad S..


Olimpico LB - Obras 79-88

Leader Obras delivered the fourteenth victory. This time they beat 15th ranked Olimpico de La Banda (6-13) 88-79. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Obras made 25-of-32 charity shots (78.1 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Olimpico de La Banda helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by international power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) who scored that evening 24 points and 9 rebounds and American forward William McFarlan (201-76, college: St.Thomas Aquinas, agency: Dream Team Management) supported him with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Four Obras players scored in double figures. Even 27 points by forward Cristian Romero (198-82) did not help to save the game for Olimpico de La Banda. American guard Andre Laws (186-80, college: San Diego, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 14 points for the hosts. Obras maintains first position with 14-6 record. Olimpico de La Banda at the other side keeps the fifteenth place with 13 games lost. Obras' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Sionista (#16) in Parana which should be an easy win for them. Olimpico de La Banda will play on the road against Estudiantes in Bahia Blanca.
Top scorers:
Obras: J.Gutierrez 24+9reb+1ast, W.McFarlan 19+12reb, J.Pittman 18+4reb+1ast, L.Cequeira 10+2reb+3ast, L.Gonzalez 9+3reb, M.Osimani 8+3reb+4ast
Olimpico LB: C.Romero 27+4reb+2ast, A.Laws 14+2reb+3ast, L.Picarelli 9+3reb+3ast, D.Kante 8+5reb+2ast, E.Ruiz 8+3reb+2ast, E.Agostino 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 117569


Estudiantes - Lanus 75-67

The most important game in the last round took place in Bahia Blanca between second ranked Lanus (13-7) and eleventh ranked Estudiantes (9-10) on Sunday night. Lanus was defeated by Estudiantes in a tough game on the road 67-75. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Lanus. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-13. But Lanus won third quarter 20-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Estudiantes shot 25 for 35 from the free-throw line, while Lanus only scored eight points from the stripe. 26 personal fouls committed by Lanus helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was naturalized Spanish guard Pepe Sanchez (193-77, college: Temple) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 assists and 4 steals. American-Spanish forward Devin Davis (202-74, college: Miami (OH)) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Four Estudiantes players scored in double figures. American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Dream Team Management) produced 9 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized Italian center Gabriel Fernandez (204-76) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Lanus' coach Silvio Jose Santander rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Estudiantes have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to tenth place. Lanus at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. Estudiantes are looking forward to face Olimpico de La Banda (#15) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Lanus will play against Monte Hermoso (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes: P.Gil 21, P.Sanchez 13+3reb+10ast, D.Davis 12+11reb, E.Nelson 11+10reb+1ast, F.Aguerre 8+3reb+1ast, J.Espil 7+1reb+2ast
Lanus: G.Fernandez 13+6reb, A.Boccia 12+5reb+1ast, F.Malara 10+2reb+2ast, T.Taylor 9+9reb+1ast, J.Levy 8+5reb+3ast, N.Laprovittola 5+4reb+4ast
gschID: 117570


Club 9 - Gimnasia CR 96-76

There was an upset in Rio Tercero where higher ranked Gimnasia CR (12-8) was crushed by tenth ranked Club 9 (10-10) 96-76 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 56-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was guard Gaston Luchino (184-82) who scored 20 points and 4 assists. Jamaican-Canadian forward Jermaine Bucknor (199-83, college: Richmond) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Gerald Brown (193-75, college: Pepperdine) produced 19 points and 7 rebounds and Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (206-80, college: La Salle) added 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. Five Club 9 and four Gimnasia CR players scored in double figures. Club 9 have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Quimsa. Loser Gimnasia CR dropped to the third position with eight games lost. Club 9 will face Argentino (#14) in Junin in the next round where they are favorite. Gimnasia CR will play at home against Libertad Sunchales (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Club 9: G.Luchino 20+3reb+4ast, J.Meyinsse 17+5reb+1ast, E.Martina 16+4reb, M.Melo 15+5reb+3ast, J.Bucknor 14+10reb+1ast, L.Barlasina 10+1reb+4ast
Gimnasia CR: G.Brown 19+7reb+1ast, R.Okosa 18+6reb, F.Funes 13+2reb+1ast, M.Franco 11+3reb+2ast, D.Romero 9+3reb+1ast, M.Maciel 6+5reb
gschID: 117565


Argentino - Boca Jrs 69-83

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Junin where fourteenth ranked Boca Juniors (8-13) defeated 13th ranked Argentino (7-13) 83-69 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Boca Juniors. Argentino was better in third quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was international forward Sebastian Vega (200-88) who scored 23 points. Power forward Fernando Martina (202-81) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. American power forward Joseph Bunn (198-75, college: Phillips (OK)) produced 11 points and 8 rebounds and guard Santiago Scala (186-91) added 14 points respectively for the hosts. Four Boca Juniors and five Argentino players scored in double figures. Boca Juniors moved-up to thirteenth place. Newly promoted Argentino dropped to the fourteenth position with 13 games lost. Boca Juniors will face higher ranked Penarol (#3) in Mar del Plata in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Argentino will play at home against Club 9 (#9) in Rio Tercero.
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: S.Vega 23+2reb+2ast, F.Martina 14+6reb, M.Fierro 13+6reb+1ast, J.Brussino 13+2reb+4ast, D.Alston 8+10reb+2ast, R.Elliott 8+5reb+4ast
Argentino: S.Scala 14+3reb+2ast, T.Braggs 13+2reb, J.Sartorelli 11+3reb+1ast, J.Bunn 11+8reb+2ast, J.Cangelosi 10+3reb+1ast, P.Espinoza 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 117566


Regatas C. - Monte Hermoso 82-81

Important game to mention about took place in Corrientes. Twelfth ranked Regatas Corrientes (9-12) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 9th ranked Monte Hermoso (9-11) 82-81 on Sunday evening. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 26-19 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Regatas Corrientes looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Federico Kammerichs (203-80) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 20 rebounds and 6 assists. Power forward Nicolas Romano (197-87) chipped in 26 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Naturalized Italian forward German Sciutto (190-78, agency: Interperformances) produced 27 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals and American power forward Byron Johnson (201-80, college: Belm.Abbey, agency: Dream Team Management) added 21 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Regatas Corrientes maintains twelfth position with 9-12 record. Monte Hermoso lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eleventh place with 11 games lost. Regatas Corrientes will face higher ranked Atenas (#7) in Cordoba in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: N.Romano 26+8reb+6ast, F.Kammerichs 18+20reb+6ast, R.Stanton 15+4reb+1ast, E.Villares 13+3reb+2ast, J.Martinez 5+2reb+10ast, O.Legaria 3+3ast
Monte Hermoso: G.Sciutto 27+6reb+6ast, B.Johnson 21+10reb+1ast, C.Robinson 14+5reb, A.White 12+4reb+2ast, F.Sahdi 7+8reb+12ast, F.Marchan 0
gschID: 117567


Libertad S. - Quimsa 85-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked Quimsa's (10-10) road loss to seventh ranked Libertad Sunchales (12-8) 72-85 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Libertad Sunchales. Quimsa was better in second period 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Quimsa 41-29 including 27 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was naturalized Polish center Ruben Wolkowyski (207-73) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Puerto Rican forward Alex Galindo (198-85, college: Florida Intern.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. The former international forward Diego Lo Grippo (198-78) produced 20 points and 7 rebounds and international center Roman Gonzalez (211-78) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Libertad Sunchales have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Quimsa lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with ten games lost. Libertad Sunchales will face Gimnasia CR (#6) in Comodoro R. in the next round. Quimsa will play at home against La Union in Formosa.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: R.Wolkowyski 20+12reb+2ast, A.Galindo 19+12reb+1ast, R.Selleaze 17+5reb+5ast, R.Battle 12+4reb+1ast, S.Ginobili 9+2reb+1ast, M.Saglietti 4+3reb+1ast
Quimsa: D.Lo Grippo 20+7reb+2ast, R.Gonzalez 14+8reb, D.Cavaco 11+2reb+1ast, D.Tintorelli 10+3reb+2ast, J.Mazzaro 9+3reb+1ast, J.Treise 8+1reb+5ast
gschID: 117568


La Union - Penarol 91-76

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Penarol (12-8) against fifth ranked La Union (12-8) on Sunday night. Visiting Penarol was defeated by La Union in Formosa 91-76. The hosts were ahead by 10 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 33-17 run, which allowed them to win the game. La Union made 24-of-26 charity shots (92.3 percent) during the game. Penarol was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard David Jackson (196-82, college: Penn St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 4 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Panamanian-Spanish power forward Ruben Garces (206-73, college: Providence, agency: Priority Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. The former international power forward Martin Leiva (208-80) replied with 13 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Kyle Lamonte (191-84, college: William Carey, agency: KMG Sports Management) added 12 points in the effort for Penarol. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Penarol's coach Sergio Hernandez tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. La Union moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Penarol. La Union will play against Quimsa (#8) in Santiado Estero in the next round where they are favorite. Penarol will play on the road against Boca Juniors (#13) in Buenos Aires and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
La Union: D.Jackson 27+4reb+4ast, N.Aguirre 14+2reb+1ast, R.Garces 14+13reb+1ast, G.Mikulas 12+10reb+1ast, P.Barrios 12, F.Ferrini 6+3reb+1ast
Penarol: L.Gutierrez 15+3reb, M.Mata 13+1reb+2ast, M.Leiva 13+9reb+1ast, K.Lamonte 12+3reb+3ast, P.Sebastian Rodriguez 10+5reb+1ast, A.Diez 6
gschID: 117563


Sionista - Atenas 95-92

Bottom-ranked Sionista managed to get the second consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time they edged sixth-ranked Atenas in Parana 95-92. The hosts trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 3 points. Sionista dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Atenas' 40. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Alejandro Zilli (200-82) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Christopher Hayes (206-87, college: Detroit Mercy) who added 22 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Hayes is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward Gregory Lewis (198-78, college: Winthrop, agency: Dream Team Management) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Bruno Labaque (183-77, agency: Interperformances) scored 17 points and 8 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sionista maintains sixteenth position with 6-14 record. Atenas lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with nine games lost. Sionista will meet league's leader Obras in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Atenas will play against Regatas Corrientes (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Sionista: A.Zilli 22+7reb+3ast, C.Hayes 22+5reb, P.Franco 16+2reb+6ast, M.Fioretti 10+3reb+1ast, R.Iglesias 8+2reb+4ast, D.Osella 7+2reb+1ast
Atenas: G.Lewis 19+8reb+3ast, B.Labaque 17+3reb+8ast, M.Lescano 15+1reb, M.Gerlero 14+5reb+5ast, J.Manuel Rivero 12, M.Garcia 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 117564




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


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


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 David JACKSON
  La Union
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Jackson, La Union19.8 
 2. Bunn, Argentino19.1 
 3. Johnson, Monte H.17.6 
 4. Lo Grippo, Quimsa17.1 
 5. Meyinsse, Club 916.7 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras16.4 
 7. Galindo, Libertad S.15.7 
 8. Taylor, Lanus14.8 
 9. Pittman, Obras14.7 
 10. Gutierrez, Penarol14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Federico KAMMERICHS
  Regatas C.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Kammerichs, Regat.9.9 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras9.9 
 3. Rollins, Gimnasia.9.0 
 4. Battle, Libertad S.8.8 
 5. Kante, Olimpico LB8.7 
 6. Williams, Atenas8.3 
 7. Johnson, Monte H.8.2 
 8. Leiva, Penarol7.8 
 9. Alston, Boca Jrs7.6 
 10. Mikulas, La Union7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.6.4 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.8 
 3. Labaque, Atenas5.1 
 4. Salles, Monte H.4.8 
 5. Ginobili, Libertad S.4.5 
 6. Cequeira, Obras4.4 
 7. Franco, Sionista3.6 
 8. Sartorelli, Argentino3.3 
 9. Treise, Quimsa3.1 
 10. Victoriano, Lanus3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.3.3 
 2. Cequeira, Obras2.5 
 3. Sciutto, Monte H.2.5 
 4. Ibarra, Libertad S.2.4 
 5. Martinez, Regat.2.4 
 6. Salles, Monte H.2.4 
 7. Labaque, Atenas2.3 
 8. Williams, Atenas2.3 
 9. Lamonte, Penarol2.3 
 10. Okosa, Gimnasia CR2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.9 
 2. Johnson, Monte H.1.4 
 3. Meyinsse, Club 91.4 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.1.2 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 6. Alston, Boca Jrs1.0 
 7. Williams, Atenas0.9 
 8. Levy, Lanus0.8 
 9. Tintorelli, Quimsa0.8 
 10. Aguerre, Estudian.0.8 


Argentino Junin change head coach - by Facundo Iatzky
Argentino Junin fired Jose Cottonaro and hired Pablo Dastuge as head coach. The new coach arrived earlier today to Junin and inmediately coached the first training of the team. Argentino is in a complicated situation becasue they have lost too many games lately. Foreigner Torraye Braggs also was released. Dastugue has experience in liga A, in Obras sanitarias and Belgrano San nicolas. He comes from Regatas san nicolas.

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Peter Crawford claims Australian NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced former international guard Peter Crawford (193-G-79) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Townsville Crocodiles and that's him to receive a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 31-year old guard had the game-high 31 points for Crocodiles in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Sydney K. (#9, 6-17) with 28-point margin 96-68. Crocodiles is placed at 2nd position in Australian NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Crocodiles will need more victories to improve their 14-8 record. In the team's last game Crawford had a remarkable seven three-pointers out of 9 attempts. It's his second year at Crocodiles and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Peter Crawford averages this season 12.0ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American guard Gary Ervin (186-G-83) of Wollongong Hawks. Ervin impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 10 assists. Of course he lead Hawks to another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked Breakers (#1, 18-5) 104-81. This victory allowed Hawks to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-12 record. Ervin is a newcomer at Hawks 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 20.7ppg (#2). He also recorded 4.5 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was former international center Julian Khazzouh (211-C-86) of Sydney Kings (#9). Khazzouh scored 23 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Sydney Kings, leading his team to a 76-75 win against the higher-ranked Taipans (#4, 11-11). Sydney Kings can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 6-17 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Khazzouh he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Khazzouh has individually a great season in Australia. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.0ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 10.1rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.8bpg and FGP: 54.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ben Knight (203-F-76) of Sydney Kings - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Ira Clark (203-C/F-75) of Blaze - 23 points and 11 rebounds
6. Alexander Loughton (205-F/C-83) of Taipans - 16 points and 7 rebounds
7. Mika Vukona (197-F-82) of Breakers - 13 points and 12 rebounds
8. Oscar Forman (205-F-82) of Hawks - 22 points and 4 rebounds
9. Ronald Dorsey (197-G/F-83) of Taipans - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. James Harvey (196-G/F-79) of Blaze - 17 points, 4 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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Leader Gmunden Swans lose to Oberwart Gunners - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

Group A - Top ranked Gmunden Swans (20-5) recorded its fifth loss on the court of fourth ranked Oberwart Gunners on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by Oberwart Gunners 68-67. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 21-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Joe Dean Shawn (199-F-87, college: Nevada) who scored 25 points. His fellow American import forward Tyrone Sally (201-82, college: W.Virginia, agency: 540 Sports) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. Oberwart Gunners' coach Neno Asceric used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) who recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Oberwart Gunners maintains fourth place in Bundesliga with 15-10 record. Defending champion Gmunden Swans still keep top position with five games lost. Oberwart Gunners are looking forward to face Kapfenberg Bulls (#6) on the road in the next round. Gmunden Swans will play against Furstenfeld Panthers (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Group A - Another exciting game was between sixth ranked Xion Dukes and 5th ranked Kapfenberg Bulls where Xion Dukes (14-11) beat Kapfenberg Bulls (13-12) on the road 72-61. It was a good game for American swingman Curtis Bobb (198-78, college: Utah St., agency: Rasmussen Services) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Christoph Nagler contributed with 13 points and 5 assists for the winners. International guard Moritz Lanegger (188-90, agency: Interperformances) answered with 12 points and 8 rebounds for Kapfenberg Bulls. Xion Dukes moved-up to fifth place in Bundesliga. Kapfenberg Bulls at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. Xion Dukes will play against league's second-placed Arkadia Lions in Traiskirchen in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kapfenberg Bulls will play at home against Oberwart Gunners (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Group B - Very important is a road loss of second ranked UBSC Graz (13-12) against fourth ranked Gussing Knights (10-15) on Sunday night. Visiting UBSC Graz was defeated by Gussing Knights in Gussing 93-77. It was a great evening for Marcus Heard who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Gussing Knights' coach Robert Langer allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was Milan Stegnjaic with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Gussing Knights maintains fourth place in Group B with 10-15 record. Loser UBSC Graz keeps the second position with 12 games lost. Gussing Knights will meet St.Polten (#5) on the road in the next round. UBSC Graz will play against BC Vienna in Wien and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Group A - An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Furstenfeld. Third ranked Furstenfeld Panthers faced second-best Arkadia Lions. Host Furstenfeld Panthers (16-9) defeated guests from Traiskirchen (16-9) 76-70. It was an exceptional evening for Anthony Shavies who led the winners and scored 14 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Furstenfeld Panthers maintains third place in Bundesliga with 16-9 record having just -2 point less than leader Wels. Furstenfeld Panthers' next round opponent will be league's leader Gmunden Swans in Gmunden and it will be for sure the game of the week. Arkadia Lions will play on the road against Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg.
Group B - An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Wien. First ranked Raiffeisen Wels faced 3rd placed BC Vienna. Guests from Wels (14-11) smashed host BC Vienna (10-15) 97-76. The best player for the winners was Rasheed Brokenborough who scored 34 points (!!!). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Raiffeisen Wels maintains first place in Bundesliga with 14-11 record. Loser BC Vienna keeps the third position with 15 games lost. Raiffeisen Wels will face Worthersee Piraten (#6) in Klagenfurt in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. BC Vienna will play on the road against the league's second-placed UBSC Graz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 3 In Bundesliga Worthersee was defeated by St.Polten in a road game 94-82.
The best stats of 3rd round was 35 points (!!!), 17 rebounds and 7 blocks by Tilo Klette of WBC Raiffeisen Wels.


Group A
Kapfenberg - Klosterneub. 61-72

Another exciting game was between sixth ranked Xion Dukes and 5th ranked Kapfenberg Bulls where Xion Dukes (14-11) beat Kapfenberg Bulls (13-12) on the road 72-61. It looked good early as Kapfenberg Bulls took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Xion Dukes had a 17-9 second period charge getting the lead and Kapfenberg Bulls were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 61-72. Xion Dukes made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Kapfenberg Bulls were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American swingman Curtis Bobb (198-78, college: Utah St., agency: Rasmussen Services) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Christoph Nagler (194-84) contributed with 13 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Xion Dukes players scored in double figures. International guard Moritz Lanegger (188-90, agency: Interperformances) answered with 12 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Larry Gordon (196-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 9 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Kapfenberg Bulls. Xion Dukes moved-up to fifth place in Bundesliga. Kapfenberg Bulls at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. Xion Dukes will play against league's second-placed Arkadia Lions in Traiskirchen in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kapfenberg Bulls will play at home against Oberwart Gunners (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: M.Lanegger 12+8reb+3ast, L.Gordon 9+9reb+3ast, M.Nelson 9+2reb+1ast, L.Jordan 7+6reb+1ast, S.Knabl 7+4reb, D.Nelson 6+4reb+3ast
Klosterneub.: C.Bobb 20+8reb+2ast, C.Nagler 13+2reb+5ast, J.Chappell 10+7reb, D.Zeleznik 10+1reb+8ast, R.Suljanovic 10+2reb, A.Maresch 8+4reb+3ast
gschID: 121956


Furstenfeld - Arkadia 76-70

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Furstenfeld. Third ranked Furstenfeld Panthers faced second-best Arkadia Lions. Host Furstenfeld Panthers (16-9) defeated guests from Traiskirchen (16-9) 76-70. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Furstenfeld Panthers forced 25 Arkadia Lions turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Anthony Shavies (191-83, college: Missouri St., agency: Court Side) who led the winners and scored 14 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. His fellow American import guard De'Angelo Alexander (198-84, college: Charlotte) accounted for 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Four Furstenfeld Panthers players scored in double figures. Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, agency: Interperformances) came up with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and international guard Kevin Payton (196-86, college: Minnesota) added 15 points respectively for Arkadia Lions in the defeat. Furstenfeld Panthers maintains third place in Bundesliga with 16-9 record having just -2 point less than leader Wels. Furstenfeld Panthers' next round opponent will be league's leader Gmunden Swans in Gmunden and it will be for sure the game of the week. Arkadia Lions will play on the road against Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg.
Top scorers:
Arkadia: F.Vay 21+9reb+5ast, K.Payton 15+4reb+3ast, S.Balga 10+2reb, M.Bralovic 9+2reb+1ast, D.Drenovac 9+5reb+2ast, P.Skurdauskas 4+3reb
Furstenfeld: D.Alexander 20+6reb, R.Hicks 17+7reb+2ast, S.Ray 15+4reb+3ast, A.Shavies 14+9reb+8ast, R.Hampton 6+3reb+1ast, L.O'Neal 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 121954


Oberwart - Gmunden 68-67

Top ranked Gmunden Swans (20-5) recorded its fifth loss on the court of fourth ranked Oberwart Gunners on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by Oberwart Gunners 68-67. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 21-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Joe Dean Shawn (199-87, college: Nevada) who scored 25 points. His fellow American import forward Tyrone Sally (201-82, college: W.Virginia, agency: 540 Sports) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. Oberwart Gunners' coach Neno Asceric used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) who recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and the former international guard Deteri Mayes (189-74, college: Murray St., agency: Court Side) added 14 points respectively. Four Gmunden Swans players scored in double figures. Oberwart Gunners maintains fourth place in Bundesliga with 15-10 record. Defending champion Gmunden Swans still keep top position with five games lost. Oberwart Gunners are looking forward to face Kapfenberg Bulls (#6) on the road in the next round. Gmunden Swans will play against Furstenfeld Panthers (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: D.Mayes 14+4reb+2ast, I.Boylan 12+1ast, E.Murati 11+1ast, D.Oppland 10+11reb, F.Schoeninger 5+1reb+1ast, P.Hutter 5+5reb
Oberwart: J.Dean Shawn 25+4reb, T.Sally 11+6reb+1ast, D.Gonzalvez 10+6reb+1ast, K.Parker 7+2reb+6ast, J.Johnson 5+7reb+1ast, B.Volcic 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 121955


Group B
Gussing - UBSC Graz 93-77

Very important is a road loss of second ranked UBSC Graz (13-12) against fourth ranked Gussing Knights (10-15) on Sunday night. Visiting UBSC Graz was defeated by Gussing Knights in Gussing 93-77. UBSC Graz was trailing by 8 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 31-14 charge of Gussing Knights, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Gussing Knights especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. It was a great evening for American forward Marcus Heard (201-84, college: De Paul) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized Serbian power forward Aleksandar Djuric (210-82) helped adding 25 points and 6 rebounds. Heard is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Gussing Knights' coach Robert Langer allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was Croatian power forward Milan Stegnjaic (204-82) with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Louis Graham (205-84, agency: ZAG Advocates) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Gussing Knights maintains fourth place in Bundesliga with 10-15 record. Loser UBSC Graz keeps the second position with 12 games lost. Gussing Knights will meet St.Polten (#5) on the road in the next round. UBSC Graz will play against BC Vienna in Wien and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
UBSC Graz: M.Stegnjaic 22+10reb+2ast, S.Grum 15+3reb+2ast, L.Graham 15+9reb, D.Miletic 12+6reb+6ast, R.Lanegger 8+3reb, C.Knor 5+1reb+1ast
Gussing: A.Djuric 25+6reb, T.Klepeisz 19+1reb+4ast, M.Heard 19+11reb+4ast, M.Klepeisz 12+1reb+4ast, Y.Schaefer-tsahe 6, A.Nunner 6+2reb+1ast
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St.Polten - Worthersee 94-82

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Worthersee Piraten's (2-23) road loss to fifth ranked St.Polten (7-18) 82-94 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-82. St.Polten dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Worthersee Piraten's 34. St.Polten forced 19 Worthersee Piraten turnovers. The best player for the winners was swingman Nizar Kapic (188-92) who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. International forward Richard Poiger (201-87) chipped in 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Five St.Polten players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Andreas Kuttnig (190-82) who recorded 17 points and 7 rebounds and guard Marco Breithuber (183-85) added 20 points respectively. Worthersee Piraten's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. St.Polten maintains fifth place in Bundesliga with 7-18 record. Loser Worthersee Piraten keeps the sixth position with 23 games lost. St.Polten will face higher ranked Gussing Knights (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Worthersee Piraten will play against the league's leader Raiffeisen Wels.
Top scorers:
Worthersee: M.Breithuber 20+1reb+3ast, E.Rhinehart 18+3reb+2ast, A.Kuttnig 17+7reb+3ast, D.Gspandl 8+2reb, B.Weber 7+8reb+1ast, M.Breithuber 6+2reb+1ast
St.Polten: N.Kapic 21+7reb+1ast, M.Speiser 20+2ast, R.Poiger 16+6reb+5ast, T.Schreiner 15+4reb+4ast, A.Worenz 14+4reb+1ast, D.Jandl 5+5reb+2ast
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BC Vienna - Wels 76-97

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Wien. First ranked Raiffeisen Wels faced 3rd placed BC Vienna. Guests from Wels (14-11) smashed host BC Vienna (10-15) 97-76. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-76. The best player for the winners was American guard Rasheed Brokenborough (191-76, college: Temple, agency: Impact Basketball) who scored 34 points (!!!). The former international forward Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 19 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists and Bosnian-Croatian center Alen Trepalovac (214-85, agency: World Sport Agency) added 10 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Raiffeisen Wels maintains first place in Bundesliga with 14-11 record. Loser BC Vienna keeps the third position with 15 games lost. Raiffeisen Wels will face Worthersee Piraten (#6) in Klagenfurt in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. BC Vienna will play on the road against the league's second-placed UBSC Graz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BC Vienna: S.Stazic 20+13reb+6ast, S.Rhynes 16, A.Trepalovac 10+4reb+2ast, S.Pekovic 10+4reb+1ast, M.Carr 6+2reb+4ast, S.N'Diaye 6+2reb
Wels: R.Brokenborough 34+2reb, D.Lamesic 19+4reb+1ast, B.Fields 17+4reb+2ast, T.Klette 12+6reb, J.Smith 6+5reb, R.Holcomb Faye 4+11ast
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Standings - A Bundesliga
A Standings
Group A
 1. Gmunden 20-5 
 2. Arkadia 16-9 
 3. Furstenfeld 16-9 
 4. Oberwart 15-10 
 5. Klosterneub. 14-11 
 6. Kapfenberg 13-12 
Group B
 1. Wels 14-11 
 2. UBSC Graz 13-12 
 3. BC Vienna 10-15 
 4. Gussing 10-15 
 5. St.Polten 7-18 
 6. Worthersee 2-23 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  Furstenfeld
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.4 
 2. Vay, Arkadia20.9 
 3. Houston, Arkadia19.5 
 4. Kennedy, Worth.19.4 
 5. Shavies, Furstenf.18.9 
 6. Brokenboroug., Wel.18.8 
 7. Heard, Gussing17.6 
 8. Mayes, Gmunden17.2 
 9. Miletic, UBSC G.17.0 
 10. Ray, Furstenfeld16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna9.7 
 2. Heard, Gussing9.0 
 3. Johnson, Oberwart8.7 
 4. Volcic, Oberwart7.9 
 5. Stazic, BC Vienna7.9 
 6. Vay, Arkadia7.9 
 7. Graham, UBSC G.7.7 
 8. Mayer, Gmunden7.7 
 9. Oppland, Gmunden7.4 
 10. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.8.0 
 2. Carr, BC Vienna7.7 
 3. Holcomb-Faye, Wels7.1 
 4. Danek, Arkadia6.1 
 5. Schreiner, St.Po.6.1 
 6. Parker, Oberwart4.7 
 7. Miletic, UBSC G.4.7 
 8. Boylan, Gmunden4.4 
 9. Stazic, BC Vienna4.4 
 10. Lanegger, Kapfe.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas SCHREINER
  St.Polten
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Schreiner, St.Po.2.4 
 2. Boylan, Gmunden2.3 
 3. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 4. Parker, Oberwart2.2 
 5. Ray, Furstenfeld2.1 
 6. Jandl, St.Polten2.0 
 7. Artner, Oberwart1.8 
 8. Danek, Arkadia1.8 
 9. Vay, Arkadia1.8 
 10. Stazic, BC Vienna1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna2.3 
 2. Graham, UBSC G.1.6 
 3. Hampton, Furstenf.1.3 
 4. Slack, Gmunden1.1 
 5. Vay, Arkadia1.1 
 6. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.1 
 7. Miljkovic, BC Vi.1.0 
 8. Heard, Gussing0.8 
 9. N''Diaye, BC.0.7 
 10. Stazic, BC Vienna0.6 


Kapfenberg Bulls add big man Chris Ellis - by Stefan Prager
The Kapfenberg Bulls added another player just one day before the transfer window in Austria closing. Due to the illness of big man Heinz Kgerl who is suffering from cardiac arrhythmia following a bad flue infection the Bulls had to react and found a proper replacement player in Chris Ellis (206-F/C-84, college: Wake Forest). Ellis is coming from a try out in Dusseldorf but never saw a minute of action in the German BBL. Last season Ellis started in Ukriane playing for Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk moved to Romania lateron to play for Municipal Bucuresti and finished the season in Japan. Before his professional career Ellis played four years of NCAA 1 basketball at Wake Forest. Ellis is the son of former NBA player Dale Ellis who played in the league from 1983 to 2001.

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Efejuku's 30-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Ventspils and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had the game-high 30 points adding four rebounds and four assists for Ventspils in his team's victory, helping them to crush Liepaja (#10, 6-14) with 18-point margin 95-77. It allowed Ventspils to consolidate first place in the Baltic League . Ventspils have a solid 16-4 record. In the team's last game Efejuku had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Ventspils, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku averages this season 20.0ppg and 6.0rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Michael Dunigan (208-C-89, agency: N.E.T.) of Kalev/Cramo. He is American center in his first season at Kalev/Cramo. In the last game Dunigan recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Kalev/Cramo to edge the higher-ranked VEF Riga (#2, 15-5) in overtime by 4 points 109-105. Kalev/Cramo's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Dunigan is a newcomer at Kalev/Cramo and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Kalev/Cramo's star - guard Tanel Sokk (184-G-85). Sokk scored 23 points and passed four assists. He was another key player of Kalev/Cramo, helping his team with a 109-105overtime win against the higher-ranked VEF Riga (#2, 15-5). Kalev/Cramo 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. Sokk has a very solid season. In 17 games in Baltic League he scored 9.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Callistus Eziukwu (208-F/C-85) of TU/Rock - 15 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Pavels Veselovs (207-F/C-83) of Valmiera - 27 points and 6 rebounds
6. Gert Dorbek (194-G-85) of Kalev/Cramo - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Randall Hanke (211-F/C-84) of Norrkoping - 21 points and 9 rebounds
8. Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87) of VEF Riga - 19 points and 6 rebounds
9. Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85) of VEF Riga - 14 points and 11 rebounds
10. Lauris Blaus (204-C-90) of Ventspils - 17 points and 6 rebounds

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


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Standings - Premier League
Premier League Stage Two Standings
Group A
 1. Minsk-2006 32-0 
 2. Grodno-93 22-10 
 3. OZAA Osipov. 20-12 
 4. Sozh Gomel 17-15 
Group B
 1. Lokomotiv 16-14 
 2. Borifsen 11-21 
 3. BGUIR-RCOR 6-24 
 4. Vitalyur 2-30 
Stage One Standings


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Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
 1. Kangar.-Boom 17-3 
 2. Sint-Jan Ant. 15-6 
 3. Pitzemburg 13-7 
 4. Excelsior 13-8 
 5. Waregem 12-8 
 6. De Westhoek 12-8 
 7. Essor Charleroi 9-11 
 8. Fleurus 8-11 
 9. Oostkamp 8-12 
 10. Zolder 8-12 
 11. Gembo 7-13 
 12. M.Hainaut II 6-12 
 13. Liege II 6-14 
 14. Carnieres 5-14 


D2 Round 22: Leader BBC Kangaroes-Boom loses to Zolder - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in D2 is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 5 rounds. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked BBC Kangaroes-Boom (17-3) recorded its third loss on the court of tenth ranked Zolder on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Zolder 98-94. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of BBC Kangaroes-Boom. Zolder (8-12) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Oostkamp. BBC Kangaroes-Boom at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Zolder is looking forward to face bottom-ranked BC Carnieres (#14) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. BBC Kangaroes-Boom will play against Royal Aera Excelsior (#4) in Brussels and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Jako Pitzemburg (13-7) against twelfth ranked Dexia Mons Hainaut II (6-12) on Friday night. Visiting Jako Pitzemburg was defeated by Dexia Mons Hainaut II in Quaregnon 79-64. Newly promoted Dexia Mons Hainaut II maintains twelfth position with 6-12 record. Jako Pitzemburg at the other side dropped to the third place with seven games lost. Dexia Mons Hainaut II will play against higher ranked Waregem (#5) in Waregem in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Jako Pitzemburg will play at home against CEP Fleurus and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Belgacom Liege II managed to get the second consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time newly promoted Belgacom Liege II outleveled thirteenth-ranked BC Carnieres 73-51. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 22-point difference proves that Belgacom Liege II was well-prepared to that game. Belgacom Liege II (6-14) moved-up to thirteenth place. Loser BC Carnieres dropped to the bottom position with 14 games lost. Belgacom Liege II will meet at home higher ranked Gembo BBC (#11) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BC Carnieres will play against Zolder in Zolder and hope to secure a win.
The game in Oostkamp was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Sint-Jans Antwerpen (15-6) played at the court of 8th ranked KBBC Oostkamp (8-12). Sint-Jans Antwerpen managed to secure a 8-point victory 66-58. Sint-Jans Antwerpen have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. KBBC Oostkamp lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. Sint-Jans Antwerpen's next round opponent will be Essor Charleroi (#7) at home where they are favorite. KBBC Oostkamp will play against BBC De Westhoek in Zwevezele.
The game in Waregem supposed to be also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Royal Aera Excelsior (13-8) played at the court of fifth ranked Waregem (12-8). Waregem smashed Royal Aera Excelsior 94-71 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Royal Aera Excelsior. Waregem maintains fifth position with 12-8 record, which they share with De Westhoek. Loser Royal Aera Excelsior keeps the fourth place with eight games lost. Waregem will face Dexia Mons Hainaut II (#12) in Quaregnon in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Royal Aera Excelsior will play on the road against the league's leader BBC Kangaroes-Boom (#1).

In the last two games of round 22 De Westhoek was defeated by Gembo in Borgerhout 67-52. Fleurus beat Essor Charleroi at home 64-58.



Zolder - Kangar.-Boom 98-94

Top ranked BBC Kangaroes-Boom (17-3) recorded its third loss on the court of tenth ranked Zolder on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Zolder 98-94. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of BBC Kangaroes-Boom. Zolder (8-12) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Oostkamp. BBC Kangaroes-Boom at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Zolder is looking forward to face bottom-ranked BC Carnieres (#14) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. BBC Kangaroes-Boom will play against Royal Aera Excelsior (#4) in Brussels and is hoping to win this game.
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Oostkamp - Sint-Jan Ant. 58-66

The game in Oostkamp was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Sint-Jans Antwerpen (15-6) played at the court of 8th ranked KBBC Oostkamp (8-12). Sint-Jans Antwerpen managed to secure a 8-point victory 66-58. Sint-Jans Antwerpen have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. KBBC Oostkamp lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. Sint-Jans Antwerpen's next round opponent will be Essor Charleroi (#7) at home where they are favorite. KBBC Oostkamp will play against BBC De Westhoek in Zwevezele.
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Gembo - De Westhoek 67-52

There was an upset in Borgerhout where higher ranked BBC De Westhoek (12-8) was defeated by eleventh ranked Gembo BBC (7-13) 67-52 on Saturday. Newly promoted Gembo BBC maintains eleventh position with 7-13 record. Loser BBC De Westhoek dropped to the fifth place with eight games lost. Gembo BBC will face Belgacom Liege II (#13) on the road in the next round. BBC De Westhoek will play against KBBC Oostkamp (#9).
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Liege II - Carnieres 73-51

Bottom-ranked Belgacom Liege II managed to get the second consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time newly promoted Belgacom Liege II outleveled thirteenth-ranked BC Carnieres 73-51. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 22-point difference proves that Belgacom Liege II was well-prepared to that game. Belgacom Liege II (6-14) moved-up to thirteenth place. Loser BC Carnieres dropped to the bottom position with 14 games lost. Belgacom Liege II will meet at home higher ranked Gembo BBC (#11) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BC Carnieres will play against Zolder in Zolder and hope to secure a win.
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Fleurus - Essor Charleroi 64-58

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked CEP Fleurus (8-11) defeated at home 7th ranked Essor Charleroi (9-11) 64-58 on Friday. CEP Fleurus moved-up to eighth place. Essor Charleroi lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 11 games lost. CEP Fleurus will face higher ranked Jako Pitzemburg (#3) in Mechelen in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
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M.Hainaut II - Pitzemburg 79-64

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Jako Pitzemburg (13-7) against twelfth ranked Dexia Mons Hainaut II (6-12) on Friday night. Visiting Jako Pitzemburg was defeated by Dexia Mons Hainaut II in Quaregnon 79-64. Newly promoted Dexia Mons Hainaut II maintains twelfth position with 6-12 record. Jako Pitzemburg at the other side dropped to the third place with seven games lost. Dexia Mons Hainaut II will play against higher ranked Waregem (#5) in Waregem in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Jako Pitzemburg will play at home against CEP Fleurus and hopes to get back on the winning track.
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Waregem - Excelsior 94-71

The game in Waregem supposed to be also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Royal Aera Excelsior (13-8) played at the court of fifth ranked Waregem (12-8). Waregem smashed Royal Aera Excelsior 94-71 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Royal Aera Excelsior. Waregem maintains fifth position with 12-8 record, which they share with De Westhoek. Loser Royal Aera Excelsior keeps the fourth place with eight games lost. Waregem will face Dexia Mons Hainaut II (#12) in Quaregnon in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Royal Aera Excelsior will play on the road against the league's leader BBC Kangaroes-Boom (#1).
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  BELIZE   


Holy Redeemer & Bishop Martin are national basketball champs!!! - by David Magana
Holy Redeemer RC School and Bishop O.P. Martin RC Primary School boys of San Ignacio had on their victory faces at the national Primary Schools basketball tournament held at the Belize City Center on Friday.

The Holy Redeemer girl became Queens of Primary School basketball when they defeated the Louisiana School girls 13-12 in the final game.

Indie Dixon top scored for Holy Redeemer School with 8 points while Beatrice Cuellar and Evonie Gentle scored 4 points each for Louisiana Govt School. The Most Valuable Player award went to Indie Dixon.

Meanwhile for the kings of primary schools male basketball, it was dj vu for the Bishop O.P. Martin RC Primary School who repeated as champs by beating St. Ignatius Primary School 41-36. Santiago Clark scored 23 points for Cayo, while Nashus Kheimar Nicholas scored 18 points. The Most Valuable Player award went to Santiago Clark.

3rd place for the boys went to St. Peter Claver School who outlasted the Louisiana boys 19-18. 3rd place for the girls went to the Bishop Martin girls, who won over the Corozal Methodist girls by default.

Coutesy of The Belize Times


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Sodertalje Kings add Dejan Jeftic - by Eurobasket News
Sodertalje Kings came up with the new signing. The Swedish outfit inked a deal with Dejan Jeftic (200-F-89) for rest of the season. The 21-year-old Bosnian arrives to Sodertalje from Sloboda Dita Tuzla, where he started this season. They parted ways recently. For 18 games with Sloboda, Jeftic had 10.5 points and 4 rebounds. He was a member of Sloboda since 2007. Before that, Jeftic played for Radnik Bijeljina.
Dejan Jeftic helped Sloboda to reach the Bosnian Cup Finals recently. In 2006 and 2007, he was a member of the Bosnian U18 National Team. At the U18 EuroBasket Division B in Sofia he had 9.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg and 1.6 spg. Jeftic also played for U16 Bosnia in the past.


Teletovic suffers knee injury! - by Nedzad Kladusak
Caja Laboral had no chance against Barcelona in the 22 round of Spanish ACB league. Barcelona hitted 15 threepointers out of 29 attempts while Caja
sunk only 3 of its shots from down town. Despite a great match of Stanko BArac whoThe defeat could have been much worse since Mirza Teletovic, captain of the famous baskonian team had to leave the court with a painful knee injury. His mimics have not been to optimistic and it seems he won t lead his team in the decisive EL match.
It would be really a great blast for Bosnian hopes to rally its best players for the EC 2011 campaign in Lithuania


D1 Round 22: Leader Bosna ASA BHT loses to SL IAT Leotar - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in D1 is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 4 rounds.

Top ranked Bosna ASA BHT (16-4) recorded its fourth loss in Trebinje on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by seventh ranked SL IAT Leotar (12-9) 90-81. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 58-41 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. SL IAT Leotar made 28-of-30 free shots (93.3 percent) during the game. 30 personal fouls committed by Bosna ASA BHT helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Power forward Dusko Markovic (204-F/C-74) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Montenegrin forward Bojan Pelkic (206-83, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. SL IAT Leotar's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized Croatian power forward Dzenan Rahimic (204-74) produced 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for lost side. SL IAT Leotar moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Sloboda Dita. Bosna ASA BHT at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. SL IAT Leotar is looking forward to face league's second-placed Borac Nektar in Banja Luka in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Bosna ASA BHT will play at home against Mladost in Mrkonjic Grad and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Borac Nektar (14-6) against fifth ranked Sloboda Dita (12-9) on Saturday night. Visiting Borac Nektar was defeated by Sloboda Dita in a tough game in Tuzla 79-86. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Borac Nektar. Worth to mention a great performance of center Drasko Albijanic (211-86) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 rebounds. Mirza Hrncic contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Serbian center Marko Jagodic Kuridza (204-87) replied with a triple-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for Borac Nektar. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sloboda Dita maintains fifth position with 12-9 record, which they share with SL IAT Leotar. Borac Nektar at the other side keeps the second place with six games lost. They share the position with Capljina and Mladost. Sloboda Dita will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Borac Nektar will play at home against SL IAT Leotar in Trebinje and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Mrkonjic Grad. Local Mladost (14-6) outscored 11th ranked Varda HE (6-14) 95-69 on Saturday night. Dragan Duranovic scored 21 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Miroslav Markovic responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Mladost have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Borac Nektar and Capljina. Newly promoted Varda HE dropped to the tenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Kakanj. Mladost will meet league's leader Bosna ASA BHT in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Varda HE will play against Hercegovac (#8) in Bileca and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 22 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Brotnjo was defeated by Capljina in a road game 81-70. Bottom-ranked Slavija was smashed by Celik at home 0-20. Kakanj lost to Hercegovac on the opponent's court 72-84.


Sloboda Dita - Borac Nektar 86-79

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Borac Nektar (14-6) against fifth ranked Sloboda Dita (12-9) on Saturday night. Visiting Borac Nektar was defeated by Sloboda Dita in a tough game in Tuzla 79-86. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Borac Nektar. Borac Nektar was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 25-11 third quarter run of Sloboda Dita. They made 32-of-41 charity shots (78.0 percent) during the game, while Borac Nektar only scored sixteen points from the stripe. Borac Nektar was plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of center Drasko Albijanic (211-86) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 rebounds. Power forward Mirza Hrncic (203-86) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Sloboda Dita players scored in double figures. Serbian center Marko Jagodic Kuridza (204-87) replied with a triple-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists and Montenegrin guard Nemanja Vranjes (188-88) added 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Borac Nektar. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sloboda Dita maintains fifth position with 12-9 record, which they share with SL IAT Leotar. Borac Nektar at the other side keeps the second place with six games lost. They share the position with Capljina and Mladost. Sloboda Dita will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Borac Nektar will play at home against SL IAT Leotar in Trebinje and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Sloboda Dita: D.Albijanic 19+5reb+3ast, M.Hrncic 17+6reb+1ast, D.Kastratovic 15+1reb+2ast, M.Tanasilovic 13+9reb, Z.Halilbegovic 8+2reb+3ast, M.Bulic 5+3reb+2ast
Borac Nektar: M.Jagodic Kuridza 20+11reb+10ast, S.Tosic 19+1reb+2ast, N.Vranjes 18+5reb+4ast, S.Loncar 8+2reb+2ast, M.Sturanovic 4+1reb, N.Pavlovic 4
gschID: 113548


Capljina - Brotnjo 81-70

There was no surprise when 12th ranked Brotnjo (6-15) was defeated on the road by third ranked Capljina Lasta (14-6) 81-70 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Capljina Lasta. Brotnjo managed to win third quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Capljina Lasta outrebounded Brotnjo 37-13 including a 26-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. Naturalized Croatian power forward Jozo Brkic (211-86) had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian guard Jovan Zdravkovic (178-78, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 18 points and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side Serbian guard Sasa Stefanovic (188-75) responded with 21 points and forward Nikola Lesko (201-83) scored 19 points. Brotnjo's coach Josko Pulja rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Capljina Lasta moved-up to second place, which they share with Borac Nektar and Mladost. Newly promoted Brotnjo keeps the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Capljina Lasta will meet Celik (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Brotnjo will play against Zrinjski HT in Mostar and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Capljina: J.Brkic 21+12reb, J.Zdravkovic 18+3reb+5ast, M.Galic 17+6reb+3ast, M.Gligora 9+9reb+2ast, N.Blazevic 8+4reb, S.Leric 4+3reb+1ast
Brotnjo: S.Stefanovic 21+2reb+1ast, N.Lesko 19+1reb, N.Gaurina 9+2reb+2ast, M.Planinic 7+1reb, A.Cutura 4+2reb, M.Brecic 4+4reb
gschID: 113543


Slavija - Celik 0-20

No shocking result in a game in Sarajevo where ninth ranked Celik (8-13) smashed bottom-ranked Slavija (2-18) 20-0 on Saturday. Celik maintains ninth position with 8-13 record. Slavija lost thirteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 18 lost games. Celik will meet at home higher ranked Capljina Lasta (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Slavija will play against Kakanj (#10) and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 113544


Hercegovac - Kakanj 84-72

Rather expected game in Bileca where 10th ranked Kakanj (6-14) was defeated by eighth ranked Hercegovac (11-9) 84-72 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Hercegovac. Kakanj managed to win second period 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hercegovac dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Kakanj's 40. They outrebounded Kakanj 47-28 including a 31-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Montenegrin swingman Goran Gajovic (199-88) scored 28 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Montenegrin center Andrija Pejovic (205-83) chipped in 13 points and 19 rebounds during the contest. Hercegovac's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side power forward Narcis Begovac (204-79) responded with 18 points and 6 rebounds and guard Nedzad Mulic (181-77) scored 14 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hercegovac have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Zrinjski HT. Kakanj lost eighth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Varda HE. Hercegovac will meet Varda HE (#11) on the road in the next round. Kakanj will play against Slavija in Sarajevo and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hercegovac: G.Gajovic 28+5reb+2ast, N.Lalic 17+4reb+6ast, B.Lalovic 15+7reb+3ast, A.Pejovic 13+19reb+3ast, S.Savic 5, S.Vukovic 2+4reb+1ast
Kakanj: N.Begovac 18+6reb+1ast, N.Mulic 14+2reb+4ast, K.Abdurahman 14+4reb+1ast, E.Suljic 11+2reb, A.Suljagic 5+6reb, A.Kahrimanovic 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 113545


Mladost - Varda HE 95-69

The game with biggest result difference took place in Mrkonjic Grad. Local Mladost (14-6) outscored 11th ranked Varda HE (6-14) 95-69 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Mladost led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Varda HE's 36. Mladost had a 27-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Varda HE's players. Power forward Dragan Duranovic (202-88) scored 21 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Montenegrin center Milos Komatina (204-84) chipped in 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Five Mladost players scored in double figures. At the losing side Serbian forward Miroslav Markovic (201-75, agency: BeoExcell) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and center Mrdan Mrkovic (205-83) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Mladost have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Borac Nektar and Capljina. Newly promoted Varda HE dropped to the tenth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Kakanj. Mladost will meet league's leader Bosna ASA BHT in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Varda HE will play against Hercegovac (#8) in Bileca and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mladost: D.Duranovic 21+5reb+1ast, R.Velimirovic 13+2reb+4ast, N.Milosevic 12+7reb+4ast, N.Stanic 12+4reb, M.Kezic 12+4reb+2ast, M.Komatina 12+7reb+5ast
Varda HE: M.Markovic 15+10reb+1ast, M.Mrkovic 14+5reb+1ast, S.Crnobrnja 8+4reb+1ast, S.Golubovic 5+2reb+1ast, J.Bajic 5+1reb+1ast, A.Deric 5+1reb
gschID: 113546


SL IAT Leotar - Bosna 90-81

Top ranked Bosna ASA BHT (16-4) recorded its fourth loss in Trebinje on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by seventh ranked SL IAT Leotar (12-9) 90-81. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 58-41 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. SL IAT Leotar made 28-of-30 free shots (93.3 percent) during the game. 30 personal fouls committed by Bosna ASA BHT helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Power forward Dusko Markovic (204-74) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Montenegrin forward Bojan Pelkic (206-83, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. SL IAT Leotar's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized Croatian power forward Dzenan Rahimic (204-74) produced 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and international forward Bozo Durasovic (200-87) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. SL IAT Leotar moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Sloboda Dita. Bosna ASA BHT at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. SL IAT Leotar is looking forward to face league's second-placed Borac Nektar in Banja Luka in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Bosna ASA BHT will play at home against Mladost in Mrkonjic Grad and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
SL IAT Leotar: B.Pelkic 20+5reb+1ast, D.Markovic 19+10reb, N.Durasovic 15+3reb+2ast, I.Josipovic 14+7reb, B.Zotovic 7+1reb, P.Jovanovic 7+1reb+5ast
Bosna: D.Rahimic 19+7reb, B.Durasovic 13+4reb+1ast, A.Damjanovic 13+2reb+1ast, M.Batina 12, E.Camdzic 8+1reb, M.Pasalic 6+5reb+6ast
gschID: 113547




Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Boris LALOVIC
  Hercegovac
  (206-C-81)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Lalovic, Hercegovac20.2 
 2. Kahrimanovic, Kak.17.6 
 3. Rahimic, Bosna17.4 
 4. Albijanic, Sloboda .17.4 
 5. Kahrimanovic, Zrinjs.16.6 
 6. Opacak, Celik16.6 
 7. Gajovic, Hercegovac16.6 
 8. Zdravkovic, Capljina16.5 
 9. Sakic, Zrinjski HT16.4 
 10. Stanic, Slavija16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrija PEJOVIC
  Hercegovac
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Pejovic, Hercegovac8.2 
 2. Sakic, Zrinjski HT7.6 
 3. Hajric, Zrinjski HT7.2 
 4. Kuzmic, Celik6.8 
 5. Jagodic Kuri., Borac N.6.8 
 6. Lalovic, Hercegovac6.4 
 7. Albijanic, Sloboda .6.4 
 8. Markovic, Varda HE6.4 
 9. Vukovic, Slavija6.2 
 10. Jocovic, Borac N.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Vladimir RADOVANOVIC
  Radnik B.
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Radovanovic, Herce.6.1 
 2. Pasalic, Bosna4.8 
 3. Jovanovic, Borac N.4.4 
 4. Zdravkovic, Capljina3.8 
 5. Boljkovac, Slavija3.6 
 6. Stanic, Slavija3.4 
 7. Jovanovic, SL IAT L.3.3 
 8. Markovic, Varda HE3.3 
 9. Simonovic, Zrinjski.3.2 
 10. Kastratovic, Slobod.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Srdjan STANIC
  Slavija
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Stanic, Slavija3.5 
 2. Adamovic, Borac N.2.6 
 3. Gajovic, Hercegovac2.4 
 4. Radovanovic, Herce.2.4 
 5. Savovic, Slavija2.1 
 6. Vranjes, Borac N.1.9 
 7. Lalovic, Hercegovac1.8 
 8. Bijelica, Capljina1.8 
 9. Komatina, Mladost1.6 
 10. Mulic, Kakanj1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ognjen KUZMIC
  Celik
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kuzmic, Celik2.0 
 2. Zimic, Bosna1.8 
 3. Duranovic, Mladost0.8 
 4. Jocovic, Borac N.0.8 
 5. Durasovic, SL IAT L.0.7 
 6. Pejovic, Hercegovac0.7 
 7. Brkic, Capljina0.7 
 8. Pelkic, SL IAT L.0.7 
 9. Albijanic, Sloboda .0.7 
 10. Crnobrnja, Varda HE0.6 


Marso-Vagep brings in Djordje Djogo - by Eurobasket News
Djordje Djogo (206-F/C-76, agency: BeoExcell) is a new member of Marso-Vagep. The Bosnian power forward/center signed a deal for rest of the season. Experienced Djogo already played in Hungary and it was in 2005/06. At that time he was a member of Aromeromu SE Paks. For 37 games Djogo had 9.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 1.5 apg.
Djordje Djogo started this season with Novi Sad Panonska Banka. He appeared 15 times in Serbian league averaging 4.4 points and 2.3 rebounds. Last season he spent in Greece with VAP Kolossos Rhodes. For 10 games in Greek league Djogo had 1.5 pg and 1.4 rpg. In the past, he also played for Igokea, Al Kuwait, Lions Vrsac and Telekom Bon. From 1999 to 2004, Djogo played for Hemofarm Vrsac.


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  BRAZIL   


Flamengo is trying to get back on track - by Paulo Freire
The week could not have ended any better for Flamengo. After defeats to Brasilia and Pinheiros, Wednesday (02/23) and Friday (02/25), respectively, the carioca team ran over the Paulistano by 91 x 82, on the morning of Sunday (02/27).

Now, Flamengo is back on the second place of the NBB, the team was number one on the nation until the lost to Braslia and Pinheiros.

'The team today had a different attitude, we play as a group,' said shootingguard
Eduardo Machado (195-G-82) more knowing as Duda, who was the top scorer of the game with 23 points. He has getting more minutes since the injury of american David Teague (196-G-83, college: Purdue) on the last game of the team against Vila Velha / Cetaf.

Flamengo played strong on the post, big man Atila Santos (208-C-83, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Minnesota St.) who dominate the pain with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 3 stills.

Flamengo: Marcelinho (12), Helio (2), Duda (23), Teichmann (10) and Babby (17). Entered: Fred (2), Attila (10), Wagner (2), Jefferson (9), Guto (4)
Paulistano: Jefferson (7), Luiz Felipe (2), Jordan (2), Pedro (8), Eduardo Caviglia (2), Erick (9), Edu (18), Arthur (2), Betinho (13), Felipe (19)


Vitoria beat Limeira on the NBB - by Paulo Freire
The Vitoria Basketball overcame the Winner / Limeira, for 87 to 79, with that W the team managed to improve their ranking on the NBB.
Playing at home, Vitoria had a great start on the game putting almost 20 points ahead on the last Paulista State Champion, the team of Limeira. But the game wasnt that easy until the end, Limeira try to get back on the third quarter, the paulista team put a full court pressure and their defense work it as they cut the difference on the score board.

The point guard of Vitoria the Panamanian
Joel Munoz (179-G-80) was the game's top scorer with 26 points. Besides him, the real highlight of the game was Eddy Carvalho (194-G/F-87-agency: Garra Sports Marketing) that stood out everytime Limeira got close on the score, he drop 23 points.

Ricardo de Bem (210-F/C-84, college: Oklahoma City) also had a good game on the post, especial on the defense for Vitoria.




NBB Round 23: Vivo/Franca beats Araldite/Univille by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 23 in the NBB took place in Sao Paulo. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Araldite/Univille (14-8) to sixth ranked Vivo/Franca (13-6) 84-82 on Sunday evening. Araldite/Univille was trailing by 13 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 22-15 charge of Vivo/Franca, which allowed them to win the game. Vivo/Franca have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 13-6 record. Araldite/Univille at the other side keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Vivo/Franca are looking forward to face Vitoria (#14) in Vitória in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Araldite/Univille will play at home against the league's second-placed Flamengo (#2) in Rio de Janeiro and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Unitri/Universo (15-7) against fourteenth ranked Assis Basket (5-16) on Sunday night. Visiting Unitri/Universo was defeated by Assis Basket in a tough game in Assis 90-94. Assis Basket moved-up to twelfth place. Unitri/Universo at the other side dropped to the third position with seven games lost. Assis Basket will play against higher ranked Winner/Limeira (#10) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Unitri/Universo will play against Paulistano (#11) in Sao Paolo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked BRB/Brasilia (14-6) against seventh ranked Itabom/Bauru (13-8) on Sunday night. Visiting BRB/Brasilia was defeated by Itabom/Bauru in a tough game in Sao Paulo 85-92. Itabom/Bauru maintains seventh place with 13-8 record. Defending champion BRB/Brasilia dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Itabom/Bauru will meet Sao Jose/Vinac (#8) on the road in the next round. BRB/Brasilia will play against the league's leader Pinheiros/Sky (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Bottom-ranked Vitoria managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the series of five consecutive loses. This time newly promoted Vitoria won against tenth-ranked Winner/Limeira in Vitória 87-79. Vitoria (5-17) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Vila Velha CETAF. Winner/Limeira lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 12 games lost. Vitoria's next round opponent will be higher ranked Vivo/Franca (#6) in Sao Paulo and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
NBB top team - Pinheiros/Sky (16-5) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat eighth ranked Pitagoras/Minas (12-10) in Sao Paolo 87-77. Pinheiros/Sky have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-5 record. Loser Pitagoras/Minas dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. Pinheiros/Sky will face BRB/Brasilia (#4) on the road in the next round.

In the last two games of round 23 S.Jose/Vinac beat Vila Velha CETAF on the road 70-62. Paulistano lost to Flamengo on its own court 82-91.



Vivo/Franca - Araldite/Univille 84-82

The most exciting game of round 23 in the NBB took place in Sao Paulo. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Araldite/Univille (14-8) to sixth ranked Vivo/Franca (13-6) 84-82 on Sunday evening. Araldite/Univille was trailing by 13 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 22-15 charge of Vivo/Franca, which allowed them to win the game. Vivo/Franca have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 13-6 record. Araldite/Univille at the other side keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Vivo/Franca are looking forward to face Vitoria (#14) in Vitória in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Araldite/Univille will play at home against the league's second-placed Flamengo (#2) in Rio de Janeiro and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 102789


Vila Velha CETAF - S.Jose/Vinac 62-70

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Sao Jose/Vinac (12-9) beat on the road 12th ranked Vila Velha CETAF (5-17) 70-62 on Sunday. Vila Velha CETAF trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 15-11 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 62-70 at the end of the game. Sao Jose/Vinac have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place. Loser Vila Velha CETAF dropped to the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Sao Jose/Vinac will face higher ranked Itabom/Bauru (#7) in Sao Paulo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vila Velha CETAF will play on the road against Araraquara (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 102790


Vitoria - Winner/Limeira 87-79

Bottom-ranked Vitoria managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the series of five consecutive loses. This time newly promoted Vitoria won against tenth-ranked Winner/Limeira in Vitória 87-79. The hosts were already 13 points ahead at halftime and as many as 18 after three quarters before a 32-22 last quarter charge of Winner/Limeira cut the lead to 87-79 at the end of the game. Vitoria (5-17) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Vila Velha CETAF. Winner/Limeira lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 12 games lost. Vitoria's next round opponent will be higher ranked Vivo/Franca (#6) in Sao Paulo and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 102791


Assis Basket - Unitri/Universo 94-90

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Unitri/Universo (15-7) against fourteenth ranked Assis Basket (5-16) on Sunday night. Visiting Unitri/Universo was defeated by Assis Basket in a tough game in Assis 90-94. It looked good early as Unitri/Universo took an 12-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Assis Basket took control getting tie in the second period and winning the second half and eventually winning the game that evening by 4 points. Assis Basket moved-up to twelfth place. Unitri/Universo at the other side dropped to the third position with seven games lost. Assis Basket will play against higher ranked Winner/Limeira (#10) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Unitri/Universo will play against Paulistano (#11) in Sao Paolo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 102792


Itabom/Bauru - BRB/Brasilia 92-85

Very important is a road loss of third ranked BRB/Brasilia (14-6) against seventh ranked Itabom/Bauru (13-8) on Sunday night. Visiting BRB/Brasilia was defeated by Itabom/Bauru in a tough game in Sao Paulo 85-92. The hosts trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 52-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Itabom/Bauru maintains seventh place with 13-8 record. Defending champion BRB/Brasilia dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Itabom/Bauru will meet Sao Jose/Vinac (#8) on the road in the next round. BRB/Brasilia will play against the league's leader Pinheiros/Sky (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
gschID: 102793


Pinheiros/Sky - Pitagoras/Minas 87-77

NBB top team - Pinheiros/Sky (16-5) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat eighth ranked Pitagoras/Minas (12-10) in Sao Paolo 87-77. The game was mostly controlled by Pinheiros/Sky. Pitagoras/Minas was better in fourth quarter 24-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pinheiros/Sky have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-5 record. Loser Pitagoras/Minas dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. Pinheiros/Sky will face BRB/Brasilia (#4) on the road in the next round.
gschID: 102794


Paulistano - Flamengo 82-91

Very expected game when 11th ranked Paulistano (6-15) lost to fourth ranked Flamengo (15-6) in Sao Paolo 82-91 on Sunday. Paulistano trailed by 19 points at halftime and as many as 26 after three quarters before a 34-17 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 82-91 at the end of the game. Flamengo moved-up to second place. Loser Paulistano keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Flamengo will face Araldite/Univille (#5) in Joinville in the next round. Paulistano will play on the road against Unitri/Universo (#3) in Uberlandia.
gschID: 102795




Standings - BNL
NBB Standings
 1. Pinheiros/Sky 16-5 
 2. Flamengo 15-6 
 3. Unitri/Universo 15-7 
 4. BRB/Brasilia 14-6 
 5. Araldite/Univille 14-8 
 6. Vivo/Franca 13-6 
 7. Itabom/Bauru 13-8 
 8. S.Jose/Vinac 12-9 
 9. Pitagoras/Minas 12-10 
 10. Winner/Limeira 9-12 
 11. Paulistano 6-15 
 12. Assis Basket 5-16 
 13. Vila Velha CETAF 5-17 
 14. Vitoria 5-17 
 15. Araraquara 4-16 


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  BULGARIA   


Standings A2
Division A Standings
 1. Dunav 2007 14-0 
 2. Beroe 11-3 
 3. Academik PL 10-3 
 4. Balkan 2 8-6 
 5. Vidabasket 7-6 
 6. Rilski 2 7-7 
 7. NSA 7-7 
 8. Cherno More U18 6-8 
 9. Chavdar 3-11 
 10. Sportist Svoge 3-12 
 11. Academik BL 1-14 


Division A Round 16: Dunav 2007 beats Vidabasket in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Ruse. Top-ranked Dunav 2007 faced 4th ranked Vidabasket. Host Dunav 2007 (14-0) smashed guests from Vida (7-6) 114-61. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Vidabasket. The game without a history. Dunav 2007 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Vidabasket's 34. Dunav 2007 forced 20 Vidabasket turnovers and outrebounded them 44-20 including a 34-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Dunav 2007 shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 55.2 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Vidabasket's players. Forward Mihail Tanev (197-F-90) fired 24 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Guard Ventsislav Petkov (188-91) chipped in 17 points, 6 rebounds, 12 assists and 4 steals. Dunav 2007's coach Nikolay Gospodinov felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Julian Kolev (194-80) produced 22 points for lost side. Undefeated Dunav 2007 have an impressive 13-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 14-0 record. Vidabasket at the other side dropped to the fifth place with six games lost. Dunav 2007 are looking forward to face league's second-placed Beroe in Stara Zagora in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Vidabasket will play at home against Balkan 2 in Botevgrad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Academic Blagoevgrad can celebrate finally their first win this season after 14 consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Chavdar (3-11) 89-81. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Yavor Ivanov (195-84) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 6 rebounds. Nikolay Manov contributed with 26 points for the winners. Guard Petar Hristov (194-90) replied with 13 points and 8 rebounds for Chavdar. Newly promoted Academic Blagoevgrad maintains eleventh position with 1-14 record. It was Chavdar's ninth loss in a row. They keep the ninth place with 11 games lost. Academic Blagoevgrad will play against higher ranked NSA (#7) in Sofia in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Chavdar will play at home against Sportist Svoge and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Botevgrad was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Rilski 2 (7-7) played at the court of seventh ranked Balkan 2 (8-6). Balkan 2 defeated Rilski 2 78-64 on Sunday. Worth to mention a great performance of Georgi Boyanov who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Balkan 2's coach Lachezar Dikov used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Krasimir Georgiev responded with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Balkan 2 moved-up to fourth place. Rilski 2 at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. They share it with NSA. Balkan 2 will meet Vidabasket (#5) on the road in the next round. Rilski 2 will play against Cherno More U18 in Varna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 16 Beroe defeated Sportist Svoge in Stara Zagora 78-69. Academik PL beat NSA at home 87-71.
The best stats of 16th round was 35 points (!!!) and 19 rebounds by Martin Horozov of Academik PL.


Dunav 2007 - Vidabasket 114-61

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Ruse. Top-ranked Dunav 2007 faced 4th ranked Vidabasket. Host Dunav 2007 (14-0) smashed guests from Vida (7-6) 114-61. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Vidabasket. The game without a history. Dunav 2007 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Vidabasket's 34. Dunav 2007 forced 20 Vidabasket turnovers and outrebounded them 44-20 including a 34-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Dunav 2007 shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 55.2 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Vidabasket's players. Forward Mihail Tanev (197-90) fired 24 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Guard Ventsislav Petkov (188-91) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points, 6 rebounds, 12 assists and 4 steals. Five Dunav 2007 players scored in double figures. Dunav 2007's coach Nikolay Gospodinov felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Julian Kolev (194-80) produced 22 points and guard Todor Kolev (186-92) added 11 points respectively for lost side. Dunav 2007 have an impressive 13-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 14-0 record. Vidabasket at the other side dropped to the fifth place with six games lost. Dunav 2007 are looking forward to face league's second-placed Beroe in Stara Zagora in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Vidabasket will play at home against Balkan 2 in Botevgrad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dunav 2007: M.Tanev 24+5reb+7ast, L.Paskov 18+3reb, V.Nikolov 18+7reb, V.Petkov 17+6reb+12ast, H.Gospodinov 14+12reb+1ast, K.Kostov 10+3reb+3ast
Vidabasket: J.Kolev 22+3reb+2ast, Y.Yankov 11+1reb+1ast, T.Kolev 11+4reb+1ast, B.Pangarov 8+3reb+3ast, T.Kirov 7+4reb, G.Stankov 1
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Sportist Svoge - Beroe 69-78

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Sportist Svoge (3-12) was defeated at home by second ranked Beroe (11-3) 78-69 on Sunday. The game without a history. Beroe led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 20 Sportist Svoge turnovers. Beroe looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Sportist Svoge's players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Boyko Milenkov (194-83) who helped to win the game recording 25 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Boris Marinov (199-85) who added 17 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side center Georgi Kunov (205-92) responded with 9 points and 12 rebounds and power forward Zlatko Zapryanov (199-87) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Beroe maintains second position with 11-3 record having just three points less than leader Dunav 2007. Sportist Svoge lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 12 games lost. Beroe will meet at home league's leader Dunav 2007 in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sportist Svoge will play against Chavdar (#9) in Troyan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Beroe: B.Milenkov 25+6reb+6ast, B.Marinov 17+8reb+3ast, O.Kisimov 13+5ast, M.Radnev 11+3reb+2ast, T.Tsvetanov 5+2reb+6ast, P.Zagorov 4+7reb+1ast
Sportist Svoge: E.Goranov 16+1reb, Z.Zapryanov 14+8reb, M.Vutov 13+3reb, A.Antov 10+2reb+5ast, G.Kunov 9+12reb+2ast, R.Bogdanov 7+5reb
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Academik BL - Chavdar 89-81

Academic Blagoevgrad can celebrate finally their first win this season after 14 consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Chavdar (3-11) 89-81. It looked good early as Chavdar took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Academic Blagoevgrad had a 20-17 second period charge getting the lead and Chavdar was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 81-89. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Yavor Ivanov (195-84) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Nikolay Manov (187-91) contributed with 26 points for the winners. Guard Petar Hristov (194-90) replied with 13 points and 8 rebounds and forward Juliy Arabadjiyski (200-93) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Chavdar. Five Chavdar players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Academic Blagoevgrad maintains eleventh position with 1-14 record. It was Chavdar's ninth loss in a row. They keep the ninth place with 11 games lost. Academic Blagoevgrad will play against higher ranked NSA (#7) in Sofia in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Chavdar will play at home against Sportist Svoge and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Academik BL: N.Manov 26+3reb+1ast, Y.Ivanov 25+6reb+1ast, B.Tenev 16+6reb+2ast, I.Kraykov 7+8reb+2ast, A.Anguelov 7+10reb+1ast, I.Mirchev 6+2reb+9ast
Chavdar: P.Lalev 16+1reb+3ast, D.Denchev 13+3reb+3ast, P.Hristov 13+8reb+2ast, K.Koev 13+4reb, J.Arabadjiyski 13+9reb, J.Tsarov 6+3reb+3ast
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Academik PL - NSA 87-71

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Academik Plovdiv (10-3) defeated at home 6th ranked NSA (7-7) 87-71 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 44-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Academik Plovdiv looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Martin Horozov (200-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 19 rebounds and forward Dimitar Horozov (198-82) who added 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Academik Plovdiv players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Galimir Tomov (196-88) responded with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Danail Hristov (195-90) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Academik Plovdiv have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted Academik Plovdiv maintains third position with 10-3 record having five points less than leader Dunav 2007. Loser NSA keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Rilski 2. Academik Plovdiv will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. NSA will play against Academic Blagoevgrad (#11) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Academik PL: M.Horozov 35+19reb+2ast, D.Horozov 13+7reb+4ast, I.Stavrev 10+3reb+3ast, M.Penev 10+7reb+3ast, V.Petleshkov 8+1reb+1ast, J.Novachev 6+6reb+1ast
NSA: G.Tomov 27+6reb+4ast, D.Hristov 12+10reb+2ast, A.Iliev 11+6reb, H.Anguelov 6+2reb+2ast, V.Manuilov 5+2reb+1ast, T.Mladenov 4+5reb+4ast
gschID: 113120


Balkan 2 - Rilski 2 78-64

The game in Botevgrad was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Rilski 2 (7-7) played at the court of seventh ranked Balkan 2 (8-6). Balkan 2 defeated Rilski 2 78-64 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 42-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Balkan 2 dominated on the defensive end, holding Rilski 2 to just 2 points in third quarter. They made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Balkan 2 forced 22 Rilski 2 turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Georgi Boyanov (195-93) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and forward Ivaylo Vuchkov (200-90) who added 18 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Balkan 2's coach Lachezar Dikov used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side forward Krasimir Georgiev (198-89) responded with 18 points and 6 rebounds and guard Lubomir Kirov (195-89) scored 16 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Balkan 2 moved-up to fourth place. Rilski 2 at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. They share it with NSA. Balkan 2 will meet Vidabasket (#5) on the road in the next round. Rilski 2 will play against Cherno More U18 in Varna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Balkan 2: G.Boyanov 23+9reb+1ast, I.Vuchkov 18+10reb+2ast, E.Binev 12+5reb+1ast, V.Stoev 10+2reb+2ast, N.Marinov 5+5reb+1ast, S.Marinov 4+1reb+2ast
Rilski 2: K.Georgiev 18+6reb, L.Kirov 16+3reb+1ast, D.Ivanov 13+3reb+1ast, I.Tsenov 13+5reb, M.Dimitar 2+6reb, M.Karailiev 2+8reb
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Marojevic's 20 points and 7 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old center Dragomir Marojevic (207-C-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza) put on an amazing game in the last round for Rilski Sportist Samokov and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
He had the game-high 20 points adding seven rebounds and two assists for Rilski Sportist in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Spartak (#8, 4-16) with 29-point margin 90-61. Rilski Sportist maintains the 4th position in Bulgarian league. Rilski Sportist 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 10-10 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Marojevic as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Dragomir Marojevic averages this season 5.1ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Nikolay Varbanov (209-C-85, agency: Interperformances) of Tundja Yambol. He is former international center in his first season at Tundja. In the last game Varbanov recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Tundja lost that game 81-93 to league's leader Lukoil Academik (#1, 20-0). Tundja is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-13 record. Varbanov is a newcomer at Tundja and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Asen Saraliyski (199-F-84) of Chernomorets Burgas (#7). Saraliyski scored 20 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Saraliyski's great performance Chernomorets lost 75-83 to slightly higher-ranked Cherno More (#5, 8-12). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Chernomorets can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 4-16 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Saraliyski he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Saraliyski has a very solid season. In 19 games in Bulgaria he scored 9.8ppg. He also has 5.5rpg and FGP: 52.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kiril Raykov (196-F-87) of Chernomorets - 22 points and 7 rebounds
5. Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78) of Levski - 18 points and 7 rebounds
6. Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81) of Levski - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-G/F-74) of Spartak - 20 points and 5 rebounds
8. Dominic James (180-G-86) of Lukoil Academik - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Vasil Kyosev (195-G-90) of Cherno More - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Plamen Aleksiev (180-G-87) of Cherno More - 17 points, 2 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)


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Lions fall to Rams in Playoff Contest - by Eurobasket News
The York University Lions men's basketball team was defeated by the host Ryerson Rams 80-70 in a first-round playoff game at Kerr Hall Gym on Wednesday evening (Feb. 23).

Toronto native Ola Adegboruwa recorded 24 points for Ryerson in the win, while rookie Bjorn Michaelsen (Otterburn Park, Que.) continued to impress in just his second game back from injury, tallying 11 points and five rebounds.

Second-year guard Ostap Choliy (193-G) (Oakville, Ont.) and third-year guard David Tyndale (Mississauga, Ont.) each recorded 19 points in the loss to lead all Lions. Rookie forward Christian Coldea (Toronto) made the most of his 11 minutes on court, knocking down 10 points on an efficient 5-of-8 from the floor.

Also having a big game was Justin Bell (198-F) (Mississauga, Ont.), who pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds and added nine points.

Ryerson was hot out of the gate, scoring the game's first nine points. Michaelsen looked in mid-season form, taking a foul and dropping the first two points of the contest from the line.

After Adegboruwa stuffed Tyndale, he carried the ball to the other end of the floor and laid it in to continue the momentum. Five straight points by first-year Jahmal Jones gave Ryerson a stronghold on the first quarter.

Michaelsen then brought the crowd to a roar by stuffing a sure lay-up on defence and then putting together a nice passing play to fellow big-man and rookie Eric Hobson (Ottawa), who picked up a bucket off the glass to spread the lead to 14.

Down by 12 heading into the second, the Lions began to close the gap after finding four straight points. However, Jelane Pryce (201-F) (Innisfil, Ont.) answered for the Rams with a cool hook shot from just inside the foul line.

Adegboruwa then took over the period, streaking to the basket after some confusion by the Lions defence to drain an easy two, and then finishing a looping pass from Michaelsen into the basket minutes later.

The first half was capped off by a Pryce three-pointer after the Lions sat back and allowed him the open look, and the Rams entered the locker room with a commanding 43-22 halftime lead.

'It's always nice to get off to a good start, but sometimes it's a bit scary because you know you're going to give up a run at some point,' said Ryerson head coach Roy Rana, who recorded his first playoff win as the Rams bench boss. It was also Ryerson's first OUA post-season victory in nearly eight years.

The Lions came out in the second half with more purpose, as Tyndale got hot from the perimeter, dropping eight points including a long three ball that seemed to swing the momentum for York.

That began a 9-0 run for the Lions that brought the game back into single digits. Bell completed the streak with a nice lay-in that also drew a foul, which he converted to bring his squad within nine points.

The Rams did their best to weather the storm, as Adegboruwa and Michaelsen each recorded a bucket at the end of the third to once again push the lead to 10 heading into the final frame.

The Lions only got hotter in the fourth, as Choliy made an incredible three-pointer from a few meters inside the half-line. Fifth-year veteran forward Stefan Haynes (North York, Ont.), playing in what turned out to be his final career game, got into the comeback, bringing York within four after a three-point play.

However, that momentum was short-lived as the Rams quickly recorded four more points courtesy of some quick end-to-end play by Jones and Adegboruwa, and the Lions' comeback was finally put to a halt.

The loss ends the Lions' season, while the Rams advanced to the OUA quarter-finals with the victory and will face the No. 1 nationally-ranked Carleton Ravens in the next round in Ottawa on Saturday (Feb. 26).
With files from Ryerson sport information
Courtesy of: http://www.yorkulions.ca



CIS men's basketball Saturday roundup - by Eurobasket News
UPEI 73 StFX 107

UNB 67 Cape Breton 74

Victoria 79 Alberta 86
Canada West quarterfinal 2 - Game 3
Picking up 50 points in the second half, the Alberta Golden Bears took hold of a see-saw affair, winning game three of the best-of-three quarterfinal series by an 86-79 score against the Victoria Vikes, Saturday afternoon at the U of A's Main Gym.
Daniel Ferguson, a fourth-year Golden Bear, led all players in scoring for the second-straight day, notching 34 points on Saturday and earning 74 points in three games. Last year's Canada West Rookie of the Year, Jordan Baker (193-G-91, college: Utah Valley St.), added 19 points and five boards while fellow sophomore Kenneth Otieno had 14 points and seven rebounds, several of them coming during the final momentum shift that led to the Alberta win.

The Vikes were led on the scoresheet by fourth-year Jeff Cullen, recording 16 points, as well as senior Wendell Thomas and fourth-year Mike Berg, respectively registering 15 and 14 points.

The series win advances the Golden Bears to the Final Four, awaiting a finalized location while the remaining quarterfinals continue during this weekend's action.

Barring upsets in all those remaining series, Alberta and Victoria played the final varsity basketball game at the U of A's historic Main Gym this afternoon, with the Golden Bears heading to the GO Center next season at the U of A's south campus.

The two squads got off to a slow start in the opening quarter, however, combining for five missed shots as the game began and only seven points in the first four minutes of play.

Cullen and Ferguson then got their respective offences rolling by trading pairs of treys, with the Golden Bear following with an amazing mid-air stutter-step layup to grab a three-point lead but Cullen countered with a jumper of his own, after a couple of Berg free-throws, to put the score 19-18 after 10 minutes.

With every player getting at least a point, Victoria pushed their lead to four entering halftime, despite the fact that no player had cracked the double-digit barrier.

The Bears quickly erased the deficit in the third quarter, though, going on an 11-3 run to make the score 47-43 in their favour, but the Vikes bounced back and equalized things at 51-51.

Soon after, Otieno put his mark on the game, grabbing the rebound on a missed Ferguson trey and missing, only to grab it a second time and connecting to make the score 56-53.

The Edmonton native then became an unstoppable force in the second half, commandingly snaring boards on offence as well as defence, propelling the Bears to 8-2 and 15-6 runs en route to an 11-point lead with 3:24 left on the clock in the fourth quarter.

Victoria started to shift the momentum with a small 5-0 run moments later, but Alberta's Graeme Mitchell (175-G-86) stole the ball and made a cross-court pass, yet Vikes' Ryan Mackinnon offset the steal with his own interception and went in alone for what would have been an easy layup.

Hoping to cut the deficit to four with 46 seconds left, Mackinnon ended up stuffed by a hard-charging Baker, making a thunderous block to the ovation of the Main Gym crowd and bringing any Victoria momentum to a complete halt.

Alberta moves on to the Canada West Final Four next weekend, likely on the road but with the locating still to be determined from the outcomes of all playoff matches this weekend.

Source: Alberta Sports Info


Bishop's 85 Concordia 89 Final Boxscore
MONTREAL - The Concordia Stingers clinched first place in the Quebec university men's basketball conference with an 89-85 win over the Bishop's Gaiters before a capacity crowd at Concordia gym on Saturday night.
Fourth-year guard Decee Krah led all scorers in the game with 20 points, including four three-pointers. Four other Stingers were in double figures: Zach Brisebois with 17 points, Kyle Demarais with 16 points, Evens Laroche (193-F) with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double, and James Clark with 10 points.

The top scorer for Bishop's was Onnex Blackwood with 18 points.

The victory gave the Stingers a 12-4 win-loss record and locked up the top spot in the Quebec league. It is the fifth time in the last 10 years that Concordia has won the regular season title.

Last season, the Stingers finished fifth in the five-team league and missed the playoffs.

'It feels good to go from last to first,' said Krah. 'But we're not satisfied.'

Concordia will host the UQAM Citadins in a sudden-death semifinal game on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Citadins finished in fourth place. In the other semifinal game, the third-place McGill Redmen will travel to Quebec City to face the second-place Laval Rouge et Or.

The Quebec championship will be held Friday night.

Source: Concordia Sports Info


Memorial 65 Acadia 86 Final Boxscore

Saint Mary's 72 Dalhousie 78 Final Boxscore

Laurier 85 Windsor 82 Final Boxscore
OUA quarterfinal 1
Maxwell Allin of Chatham, Ont. scored 36 points to lead the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks to a 85-82 victory over the Windsor Lancers. The second year guard hit career highs in field goals made as well as points in 37 minutes on the court. Allin only had eight points at the half. 'It's an unbelievable feeling to win here because we haven't won here in a couple of years,' said Allin following the game.
The win sends the Golden Hawks to the OUA Final Four at McMaster where they will take on the Carleton Ravens on Friday, March 4th at 6 p.m.

First year Jamar Forde (191-G) (Mississauga, Ont.) also had a strong game posting 13 points. He was the only other Golden Hawk in double digits.

Wilfrid Laurier got out to an early lead midway through the first courtesy Maxwell Allin and Patrick Donnelly (Oakville, Ont.). Allin hit two three points, followed by a three from Donnelly . At the half the Hawks still held the advantage 41-35.

Windsor battled back in the third, outscoring the Hawks 25-19, but it was Maxwell Allin who got the Golden Hawks back out in front with a huge three late in the fourth. It put the visitors back out in front for good. Allin went to the line six times, the majority of which were down the stretch and was 11-12 on the game.

For the Lancers Isaac Kuon led the way with 28 points, going 11-for-13 from the free-throw line. Enrico Di Loreto and Lien Phillip both posted 14 points for the home team.

Source: Laurier Athletics


Western 49 Lakehead 63 Final Boxscore
OUA quarterfinal 2

Ryerson 73 Carleton 97 Final Boxscore
OUA quarterfinal 3
OTTAWA - Five Ravens reached double digits as Carleton's men's basketball team came away with a 97-73 victory over the Ryerson University Rams on Saturday night at the Nest. With the win, the Ravens advance to the OUA Final Four, hosted by McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ont. next weekend. Carleton will face the Laurier Golden Hawks on Friday, March 4 at 6 p.m. in the OUA semifinal.
The Ravens took the first lead of the game and never surrendered it. In his last game at the Ravens' Nest, Mike Kenny (Ottawa) hit a couple of successful free throws and gave Carleton a 25-16 lead after the first 10 minutes.

The Rams weren't backing down from the No. 1 nationally ranked Ravens though, and a three by Ryan McNeilly (Toronto) made it a six-point game before the midway point of the second quarter. But the Ravens tightened up their game and began to pull away again.

By the end of the first half, Willy Manigat (Montreal) and Kyle Smendziuk (Kanata, Ont.) had both reached double digits, sinking 10 points apiece as the Ravens had a 50-34 advantage at the buzzer.

Manigat continued his outstanding performance in the third, scoring 11 of the Ravens' 23 points in the quarter as Carleton took a 73-50 lead into the fourth.

The Ravens continued to wear down the Rams with their pressure. They dominated on the boards, grabbing 43 rebounds to Ryerson's 25 en route to the 24-point victory.

Manigat finished with a game-high 24 points. McNeilly led the Rams with 20 points.

Source: Carleton Sports Info


Ottawa 85 Toronto 60 Final Boxscore
OUA quarterfinal 4
TORONTO - The uOttawa Gee-Gees are off to the OUA Final Four next weekend in Hamilton after a huge 85-60 upset over Toronto at home. Warren Ward led the Gee-Gees with 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists, while rookie Johnny Berhanemeskel (185-G) chipped in with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the win.
Head coach James Derouin was very pleased with the win and for the chance to play in the Final Four: 'It's a huge opportunity for our team especially with the Score covering it live, and being a neutral site. It's great for our program, and to get that exposure we're looking for; we're excited.'

'Warren and Johnny again both shot the lights out from three. From the start of the game it was definitely our defence, we just did an incredible job defending and dominating the rebounds. It made our offense easy, but the defense is definitely what I am most happy with,' added Derouin.

The Gee-Gees will travel to Hamilton next weekend for the OUA Final Four and take on Lakehead on Friday, March 4, 2011. Tip off set for 8:00 p.m., and will be broadcast on theScore at 10 p.m.

Source: Gee-Gees Sports Info


Laval 84 UQAM 74 Final Boxscore

Regina 75 Saskatchewan 92 Final Boxscore
Canada West quarterfinal 3 - Game 2
The No. 3 University of Saskatchewan Huskies will head back to the Canada West Final Four to defend their title after eliminating the University of Regina Cougars with a 92-75 win to sweep the Canada West best-of-three quarter-final series.
The Huskies will now face the Trinity Western University Spartans in the semifinal at the Canada West Final Four hosted by the UBC Thunderbirds in Vancouver March 4-5.

After the sweep, Regina's season comes to a close. A night earlier, the Huskies won 98-75.

Once again Jamelle Barrett and Rejean Chabot combined to lead the Huskies to the victory. Barrett, the Canada West regular season leading scorer, finished the night with a game-high 30 points. Chabot followed closely behind with 24 and Nolan Brudehl chipped in with 10 points. Michael Lieffers was strong on the boards for the Huskies nabbing 10 rebounds.

Paul Gareau led the Cougars with 20 points, followed by Marek Downarowicz with 15 and Kris Heshka with 14. Downarowicz had a game-high 12 rebounds.

Saskatchewan opened the scoring in the game and had a 6-2 lead on the strength of baskets by Brudehl, Barrett and Duncan Jones. Downarowicz sunk a three-pointer from the top of the arc and a Gareau jumper put the Cougars ahead. Trading points for the next few minutes, Regina took a small four point lead. It didn't last long, Barrett led the Huskies back to the lead with five straight points. Although the Cougars tied the game twice after that, they couldn't retake the lead. Saskatchewan finished the quarter ahead 24-21 after three-points by Chabot.

The Huskies opened up the margin quickly and had a double digit lead in the game four times throughout the second quarter. The Huskies led 42-35 heading into halftime. Saskatchewan's high-powered offence doubled the Cougars 31-15 in the third quarter. Regina was able to outscore the Huskies 25-19 in the final frame but it was too late to make a bid for the comeback.

Saskatchewan shot 47.1% in the game, while the Cougars shot 43.8%. Turnovers hurt the Cougars. The Huskies scored 28 points off of the 20 Regina giveaways in the game.

Joining the Huskies and Spartans at the conference championship tournament will be the Thunderbirds and University of Alberta Golden Bears. The winner of the Canada West Championship, as well as the runner-up will receive automatic berths to the national final in Halifax, March 11-13.

Source: Saskatchewan Sports Info


UFV 75 Trinity Western 89 Final Boxscore
Canada West quarterfinal 1 - Game 3
TWU Spartans win Canada West best of three quarterfinal, 2-1. Winning Game Three, 89-75.
The UFV Cascades men's basketball team were defeated by the TWU Spartans, 89-75, in game three of the Canada West quarterfinal playoff series. The Cascades played well all series and gave the favorite TWU Spartans all they could handle.

The game started out just like the previous two with the lead changing hands numerous times in the first quarter, both teams knowing tonight someone continues on and someone goes home. The Spartans would take a two point lead into the second quarter, but the Cascades continued to challenge their arch rivals every minute of the first half. UFV never quit and went into the intermission down by one point to the nationally ranked Spartans. Sam Freeman, Coquitlam, BC led the Cascades at the half with 9 points.

The second half was no different then the first two and a half games the emotions on the court were high as UFV continued to stay with TWU until the final minute of the third quarter when TWU opened up a nine point advantage going into the fourth quarter. In the final quarter, UFV continued to stay close but TWU always seemed to keep the Cascades five points back as they would hold on to advance to the second round of Canada West post season action.

Joel Friesen (193-G), Abbotsford, BC led the Cascades with 20 points. Freeman added 19 points and Zeon Gray, Los Angles, CA chipped in with 17 points. Gray led UFV with 7 total rebounds, as the Cascades pulled down 26 boards for the game.

Source: UFV Sports Info


Manitoba 85 UBC 103 Final Boxscore
Canada West quarterfinal 4 - Game 2
VANCOUVER - The UBC Thunderbirds downed the Manitoba Bisons 103-85 to complete the sweep of their best-of-three Canada West quarterfinal series on Saturday night, earning hosting rights for next week's conference Final Four tournament.
The T-Birds led the foul-filled contest comfortably from start to finish, but did allow Manitoba several opportunities to string points together and claw back within striking distance. Had the Bisons converted more than 59 per cent of their 37 free throw attempts, the game could have had a very different complexion down the stretch.

'Obviously I'm happy that we won, but I wasn't happy with the way we executed today,' said UBC head coach Kevin Hanson. 'Nathan Yu and Melvyn Mayott came off the bench and sparked us from a defensive standpoint and that led to some scores for us in transition, but I thought Manitoba just got way too many easy baskets. We made too many slip-ups for this time of year.'

Yu and Mayott also made big contributions on the offensive end. Yu led the T-Birds with 19 points and Mayott was second with 17. Josh Whyte (191-G-87), Doug Plumb and Brent Malish also cracked double digits in scoring, with Malish's 10 rebounds earning him a double-double, but Hanson said offence is not his team's priority right now.

'We're not too concerned with where our scoring comes from because we have weapons in a lot of different places,' said Hanson. 'We did want to get more scoring in the paint and we did a good job of that, but really it's defence and knowing our roles and schemes. We need to focus on the little things that we work on in practice and translate them over to the game.'

Like the Bisons, the T-Birds had plenty of opportunities from the charity stripe but also left a lot of points on the line. UBC hit 63 per cent of its 33 free throws, and the teams combined for 51 fouls on the night.

The 'Birds did a good job taking care of the ball though, turning it over just seven times while forcing 14 Manitoba turnovers. They took advantage of those opportunities too, outscoring the visitors 23-2 off turnovers.

Fifth-year guard Eric Garcia went out with a bang for Manitoba, scoring a game-high 25 points and adding five assists in his final CIS game. Kevin Oliver had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The T-Birds will now host Alberta, Trinity Western and Saskatchewan next weekend for the Canada West Final Four. The T-Birds start with Alberta, while Saskatchewan and Trinity Western make up the other semifinal pairing. Those games go on Friday, with the championship and bronze medal games following on Saturday. All Final Four games are at War Memorial Gym.
Source: UBC Sports Info
Courtesy of: http://english.cis-sic.ca




CIS Standings
CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. Cape Breton 19-1 
 2. St.Francis X. 15-5 
 3. Dalhousie 14-6 
 4. Acadia 8-12 
 5. New Brunsw. 8-12 
 6. St.Mary's 7-13 
 7. UPEI 7-13 
 8. Memorial 3-17 
CanWest
 1. UBC 22-2 
 2. Trinity West. 21-3 
 3. Saskatchewan 20-4 
 4. Alberta 16-8 
 5. Victoria 15-9 
 6. Regina 14-10 
 7. UCFV 10-14 
 8. Manitoba 9-15 
 9. Calgary 8-16 
 10. Lethbridge 7-17 
 11. Winnipeg 6-18 
 12. Brandon 4-20 
 13. Thompson R. 4-20 
OUA East
 1. Carleton 22-0 
 2. Toronto Univ. 14-8 
 3. Ottawa 11-11 
 4. Ryerson 11-11 
 5. York 10-12 
 6. Laurentian 7-15 
 7. Queen's 6-16 
 8. RMC 0-22 
OUA West
 1. Lakehead 17-5 
 2. Windsor 16-6 
 3. Laurier 13-9 
 4. McMaster 11-11 
 5. Western 11-11 
 6. Guelph 9-13 
 7. Brock 9-13 
 8. Waterloo 9-13 
Quebec League
 1. Concordia 12-4 
 2. Laval 11-5 
 3. McGill 10-6 
 4. UQAM 5-11 
 5. Bishop's 2-14 


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Standings - CBA
CBA Standings
 1. Xinjiang 26-1 
 2. DongGuan 22-5 
 3. Guandong 20-7 
 4. Jiangsu 15-11 
 5. Zhejiang C. 15-12 
 6. Zhejiang G.L. 15-12 
 7. Beijing 15-12 
 8. Bayi 15-13 
 9. Shandong 13-14 
 10. Shanxi Zh. 12-15 
 11. Shanghai 12-16 
 12. Liaoning 12-16 
 13. Jilin 10-18 
 14. Foshan 9-18 
 15. Qingdao DS 9-18 
 16. Fujian 6-21 
 17. TianJin R. 5-22 


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Charles GAINES
  Qingdao DS
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 33.1
 1. Gaines, Qingdao DS33.1 
 2. Douby, Xinjiang29.8 
 3. Morris, Beijing29.8 
 4. Williams, Zhejiang C.29.5 
 5. Emmett, Fujian28.6 
 6. Rodgers, Shanxi Zh.27.7 
 7. Akognon, DongGuan26.3 
 8. Ramos, Zhejiang.25.3 
 9. Harris, Shanghai24.9 
 10. Pickett, Jilin24.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Fujian
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 16.2
 1. Jones, Fujian16.2 
 2. Harris, Shanghai15.0 
 3. Benson, TianJin R.14.6 
 4. Ramos, Zhejiang.13.8 
 5. Watkins, Jilin13.7 
 6. Gaines, Qingdao DS13.6 
 7. Oyedeji, Foshan13.1 
 8. Moiso, Jiangsu12.4 
 9. Morris, Beijing11.6 
 10. Abbaas, Beijing11.6 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLAS
  Shanxi Zh.
  (199-G-79)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.9.6 
 2. Marbury, Foshan5.9 
 3. Hu, Jiangsu5.5 
 4. LiuWei, Shanghai5.3 
 5. Lu, Fujian5.3 
 6. Brown, Qingdao DS5.0 
 7. Allen, Shandong5.0 
 8. Vroman, DongGuan4.9 
 9. Green, Shanghai4.8 
 10. Jones, Guandong4.6 
Steals Per Game
 XueFeng HU
  Jiangsu
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Hu, Jiangsu4.2 
 2. Douby, Xinjiang3.3 
 3. Hudson, Guandong2.8 
 4. Vroman, DongGuan2.8 
 5. Emmett, Fujian2.4 
 6. Zhong, Jilin2.4 
 7. Akognon, DongGuan2.3 
 8. Gaines, Qingdao DS2.3 
 9. Williams, Zhejiang C.2.3 
 10. Smith, Liaoning2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  TianJin R.
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.3.6 
 2. Watkins, Jilin1.9 
 3. Haislip, Guandong1.9 
 4. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.9 
 5. Moiso, Jiangsu1.9 
 6. Jones, Fujian1.8 
 7. Wang, Bayi1.6 
 8. Vroman, DongGuan1.6 
 9. Zhang, Shanghai1.6 
 10. Benson, TianJin R.1.5 


Walker Russell joins Zhejiang Guangsha Lions - by Eurobasket News
Walker Russell (183-G-82, college: Jacksonville St.) will continue his career in China. The 28-year-old guard has agreed on terms of contract with Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. He will replace Alston Rafer (188-G-76, college: Fresno St.) on the roster. Walker Russell started the season in D-League. The guard averaged 17.7 points, 7.9 assists and 3.2 boards per game for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Walker Russell tipped off the previous season in Lukoil Akademik in Bulgaria. He tallied 13.7 points, 5.2 assists and 3.8 rebounds per appearance. The guard finished the season in Puerto Rico with Quebradillas. He posted 8.1 points, 5.4 assists and 2.7 rebounds for the Pirates. Walker Russell had stints in Czech Republic and Spain before.


Zhejiang Guangsha Defeats Liaoning 116-110 - by Arthur Volbert
Taiwanese star Lin Chih-Chieh (192-F/G-82) scored 43 points as Zhejiang Guangsha edged Liaoning 116-110. Lin hit 7 of 11 two-point shots and 9 of 13 three-pointers. Peter John Ramos had 28 points and 14 rebounds. He only hit 8 of 22 shots but made all 12 of his free throws. Zhao Dapeng scored 13 points and Wang Fei had 12. Zhang Wei had 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Rafer Alston did not play, having been replaced by Walker Russell.

Myles McKay, a new import, had 27 points and 5 assists for Liaoning. He Tianju returned to form with 23 points and 5 rebounds. Yang Ming had 21 points and 4 assists. 7-1 300 Han Dejun had 12 points and 3 rebounds but fouled out in 19 minutes playing against the 7-3 Ramos. Li Xiaoxu had 10 points and 13 rebounds. Liu Shunan scored 9. Anthony Myles only had 5 points in 29 minutes on 2 of 6 shooting. He had 8 rebounds. Guo Ailun did not play.



Marcus Haislips is leading Guandong - by Alex Yam
Guandong Southern Tigers has now seen its team stabilize after a rough first half of the season. They have tough wins vs Beijing, and Jiangsu, and now will face a talented Bayi team. In large part its successes lie with its import star, Haislip Marcus (207-F-80, college: Tennessee), who's veteran presence and efficient offensive game, shooting a blistering 65% from the field, and the most amazing stat is his better then 74% from the 3!!!!! Truly the teams MVP

Guangdong is 6 games back of league leading Xinjiang, and 3 games back of 2nd place Dongguan, but many see this as a 2 horse race between Guangdong and Xinjiang, to win the CBA Championship. Both teams have the leagues top imports, with Singleton and Douby anchoring Xinjiang, and Hasilip and Hudson on Guangdong.

This finish to the finals should be an exciting one.



CBA Round 29: Xinjiang Flying Tige defeats Foshan in overtime - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

Fourteenth-ranked Foshan (9-18) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (26-1) on Sunday. The visitors from Urumqi managed to secure only four-point victory 91-87. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests were tied at the half and again at the end of regular time. But they managed to win overtime period 10-6. American forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). His fellow American import guard Quincy Douby (191-84, college: Rutgers) contributed with 25 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American guard Stephon Marbury (187-77, college: Georgia Tech) answered with 27 points and 5 rebounds for Foshan. Xinjiang Flying Tige have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 26-1 record. Foshan at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 18 games lost. They share it with Qingdao DS. Xinjiang Flying Tige are looking forward to face league's second-placed DongGuan Leopards on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Foshan will play against Shandong Bulls (#9) in Jinan and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked DongGuan Leopards (22-5) against eighth ranked Beijing Ducks (15-12) on Sunday night. Visiting DongGuan Leopards were crushed by Beijing Ducks in Beijing 110-89. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of DongGuan Leopards. American power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds for the winners and Zaid Abbaas chipped in 21 points and 11 rebounds. Nigerian guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) responded with 34 points (!!!). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Beijing Ducks moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Zhejiang C. and Zhejiang G.L. DongGuan Leopards at the other side keep the second position with five games lost. Beijing Ducks will play against Zhejiang Cyclones (#5) in Hangzhou in the next round. DongGuan Leopards will play at home against the league's leader Xinjiang Flying Tige in Urumqi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Higher ranked Shanghai Sharks (12-16) fell to sixteenth ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (6-21) in overtime by sixteen points 108-124 on Sunday night. The game took place in Shanghai. But the guests from Jinjiang were better at the end. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shanghai Sharks. Andre Emmett nailed a double-double by scoring 42 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Mike Harris came up with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 26 rebounds for Shanghai Sharks in the defeat. Shanghai Sharks' coach rotated ten players in such tough game. Fujian SBS XunXin maintains sixteenth place with 6-21 record. Loser Shanghai Sharks dropped to the eleventh position with 16 games lost. They share it with Liaoning. Fujian SBS XunXin will meet higher ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (#10) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Shanghai Sharks will play against Guandong Tigers and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game in Ningbo supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked Guandong Tigers (20-7) played at the court of 5th ranked Bayi Fubang (15-13). Guandong Tigers smashed Bayi Fubang 116-95. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Bayi Fubang. The best player for the winners was Marcus Haislip who scored 27 points and 5 rebounds. 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. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Guandong Tigers. They maintain third place with 20-7 record having six points less than leader Xinjiang. Bayi Fubang at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. Guandong Tigers' next round opponent will be Shanghai Sharks (#11) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Bayi Fubang will play against Jiangsu Dragons in Nanjing.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 29: Liaoning was beaten by Zhejiang G.L. on the road 116-110. Zhejiang C. won against Jilin on its own court 99-90. Shanxi Zh. managed to outperform Qingdao DS in Taiyuan 132-116. Shandong managed to beat TianJin R. at home 97-87.



Shanghai - Fujian 108-124 OT

Higher ranked Shanghai Sharks (12-16) fell to sixteenth ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (6-21) in overtime by sixteen points 108-124 on Sunday night. The game took place in Shanghai. But the guests from Jinjiang were better at the end. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shanghai Sharks. The guests were tied at the half and again at the end of regular time. But they managed to win overtime period 22-6. Fujian SBS XunXin made 33-of-42 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. American swingman Andre Emmett (196-82, college: Texas Tech) nailed a double-double by scoring 42 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import center Dwayne Jones (211-83, college: St.Joseph's) accounted for 28 points and 17 rebounds. American forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) came up with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 26 rebounds and international guard Wei LiuWei (190-80) added 36 points (!!!) and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) respectively for Shanghai Sharks in the defeat. Five Fujian SBS XunXin and four Shanghai Sharks players scored in double figures. Shanghai Sharks' coach rotated ten players in such tough game. Fujian SBS XunXin maintains sixteenth place with 6-21 record. Loser Shanghai Sharks dropped to the eleventh position with 16 games lost. They share it with Liaoning. Fujian SBS XunXin will meet higher ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (#10) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Shanghai Sharks will play against Guandong Tigers and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Fujian: E.Andre 42+10reb+1ast, J.Dwayne 28+17reb, Y.Qin 14+2reb, Z.TaiLong 14+3reb, L.XiaoMing 11+7reb+12ast, G.SongLin 6+2reb
Shanghai: L.Wei 36+3reb+4ast, H.Mike 31+26reb+1ast, P.Fei 15+6reb+2ast, L.Ziqui 12+5reb+3ast, Z.ZhaoXu 6+5reb, W.Ligang 3+3reb
gschID: 118553


Zhejiang G.L. - Liaoning 116-110

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (15-12) beat 11th ranked Liaoning Hunters (12-16) in Hangzhou 116-110. Liaoning Hunters were ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 29-20 third quarter run of Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. They made 24-of-29 charity shots (82.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Liaoning Hunters turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Zhejiang Guangsha Lions especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by Liaoning Hunters helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Taiwanese swingman Chih-Chieh Lin (192-82) who scored 43 points (!!!) and 5 steals. American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) chipped in a double-double by scoring 28 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!). American guard Myles McKay (191-86, college: WiscKing.-Whitew.) produced 27 points and 5 assists and forward Tian-ju He (203-90) added 23 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Beijing and Zhejiang C. Liaoning Hunters lost their third game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' next round opponent will be Jilin Tigers (#13) in Changchun and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang G.L.: L.Chih-Chieh 43+4reb+2ast, R.Peter John 28+14reb+4ast, Z.Dapeng 13+1reb+1ast, W.Fei 12+1reb+4ast, Z.Wei 11+5reb+6ast, D.Li 6+2reb
Liaoning: M.Myles 27+2reb+5ast, H.Tian-ju 23+5reb, Y.Ming 21+2reb+4ast, H.Dejun 12+3reb, L.Xiaoxu 10+13reb, L.Shunan 9+1reb+1ast
gschID: 118554


Foshan - Xinjiang 87-91 OT

Fourteenth-ranked Foshan (9-18) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (26-1) on Sunday. The visitors from Urumqi managed to secure only four-point victory 91-87. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests were tied at the half and again at the end of regular time. But they managed to win overtime period 10-6. American forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). His fellow American import guard Quincy Douby (191-84, college: Rutgers) contributed with 25 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American guard Stephon Marbury (187-77, college: Georgia Tech) answered with 27 points and 5 rebounds and forward Yong-gang Zhao (200-82) added 19 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Foshan. Xinjiang Flying Tige have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 26-1 record. Foshan at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 18 games lost. They share it with Qingdao DS. Xinjiang Flying Tige are looking forward to face league's second-placed DongGuan Leopards on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Foshan will play against Shandong Bulls (#9) in Jinan and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang: D.Quincy 25+6reb+3ast, S.James 25+13reb, X.GuoChong 20+3reb, C.Tal 8+1reb+1ast, M.Bateer 6+8reb+4ast, Z.QingPeng 3+5reb+4ast
Foshan: M.Stephon 27+5reb+1ast, Z.Yong-gang 19+8reb, Z.Zhun 10+3reb, J.Jiming 8+4reb+3ast, O.Olumide 8+15reb+2ast, L.Ke 6+1reb
gschID: 118551


Zhejiang C. - Jilin 99-90

Very expected game when 13th ranked Jilin Tigers (10-18) lost to sixth ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (15-12) in Hangzhou 90-99. Jilin Tigers were ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 31-17 charge of Zhejiang Cyclones, which allowed them to win the game. They made 24-of-29 charity shots (82.8 percent) during the game. Zhejiang Cyclones forced 20 Jilin Tigers turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American forward Marcus Williams (201-86, college: Arizona, agency: ZAG Advocates) who scored 35 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. International center Jinhui Ding (204-90) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Zhejiang Cyclones' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Jameel Watkins (211-77, college: Georgetown) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import swingman Tim Pickett (193-81, college: Florida St.) added 18 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Zhejiang Cyclones. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Beijing and Zhejiang G.L. Jilin Tigers at the other side keep the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. Zhejiang Cyclones' next round opponent will be Beijing Ducks (#7) on the road. Jilin Tigers will play against Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#6) in Hangzhou.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang C.: W.Marcus 35+7reb+2ast, D.Jinhui 17+12reb+2ast, Z.Chunjun 11+6reb+2ast, B.Josh 10+5reb, C.Fei 9+1reb, Z.Dayu 8+3reb
Jilin: L.Wei 22+2reb+1ast, W.Jameel 21+10reb+2ast, P.Tim 18+9reb+1ast, Z.Cheng 11+7reb+1ast, T.Yuchen 6+5reb, Y.Shulong 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 118552


Beijing - DongGuan 110-89

Very important is a road loss of second ranked DongGuan Leopards (22-5) against eighth ranked Beijing Ducks (15-12) on Sunday night. Visiting DongGuan Leopards were crushed by Beijing Ducks in Beijing 110-89. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of DongGuan Leopards. Beijing Ducks dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to DongGuan Leopards' 38 and made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. American power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds for the winners and Jordanian forward Zaid Abbaas (203-83) chipped in 21 points and 11 rebounds. Nigerian guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) responded with 34 points (!!!) and the former international center Kai Zhang (211-82) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Beijing Ducks moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Zhejiang C. and Zhejiang G.L. DongGuan Leopards at the other side keep the second position with five games lost. Beijing Ducks will play against Zhejiang Cyclones (#5) in Hangzhou in the next round. DongGuan Leopards will play at home against the league's leader Xinjiang Flying Tige in Urumqi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Beijing: M.Randolph 40+17reb+3ast, A.Zaid 21+11reb+1ast, X.LiBin 18+1reb+2ast, L.Hsueh-Lin 12+3reb+5ast, W.Xiaohui 8+6reb+1ast, J.Zhe 7+6reb
DongGuan: A.Josh-Emmanuel 34+3reb+3ast, Z.Kai 14+9reb, Q.Biao 11+2reb+1ast, P.Duo 10+3reb, G.QuAn 5+4reb, H.ZhongMian 5+1reb
gschID: 118549


Bayi - Guandong 95-116

The game in Ningbo supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked Guandong Tigers (20-7) played at the court of 5th ranked Bayi Fubang (15-13). Guandong Tigers smashed Bayi Fubang 116-95. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Bayi Fubang. The game without a history. Guandong Tigers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to Bayi Fubang's 50. Guandong Tigers players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Marcus Haislip (207-80, college: Tennessee) who scored 27 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tennessee-Martin) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international center ZhiZhi Wang (214-79) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds and the former international center Ke Mo (210-82) added 20 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Guandong Tigers and four Bayi Fubang players scored in double figures. 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. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Guandong Tigers. They maintain third place with 20-7 record having six points less than leader Xinjiang. Bayi Fubang at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. Guandong Tigers' next round opponent will be Shanghai Sharks (#11) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Bayi Fubang will play against Jiangsu Dragons in Nanjing.
Top scorers:
Guandong: H.Marcus 27+5reb+2ast, H.Lester 15+5reb+6ast, S.Wei 15+6reb+1ast, W.ShiPeng 14+3reb+2ast, H.Dong 11+8reb+1ast, Z.Peng 11+6reb+2ast
Bayi: W.ZhiZhi 27+11reb+2ast, M.Ke 20+5reb+3ast, H.Shuo 14+1reb+2ast, L.Ke 12+8reb+7ast, Z.Chengyu 8+2reb+2ast, X.ZhongHao 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 118550


Qingdao DS - Shanxi Zh. 116-132

Rather predictable result when twelfth ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (12-15) won against on the road 15th ranked Qingdao Double Star (9-18) 132-116. The game was mostly controlled by Shanxi Zhongyu. Qingdao Double Star was better in third quarter 36-29. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shanxi Zhongyu shot 60.7 percent from the field and made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was forward Alexander Johnson (208-83, college: Florida St.) who had a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds. Forward Leon Rodgers (199-80, college: N.Illinois) chipped in 27 points and 7 assists. Forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) produced a double-double by scoring 32 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and guard Dee Brown (185-84, college: Illinois) added 24 points and 7 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Qingdao Double Star's coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Shanxi Zhongyu moved-up to tenth place. Qingdao Double Star lost their fifth game in a row. They dropped to the fourteenth position with 18 games lost. Shanxi Zhongyu's next round opponent will be Fujian SBS XunXin (#16) in Jinjiang which should be theoretically an easy game. Qingdao Double Star will play on the road against TianJin Rongcheng in Tianjin.
Top scorers:
Shanxi Zh.: J.Alexander 33+12reb+2ast, R.Leon 27+4reb+7ast, D.JiangPeng 23+1reb+1ast, Z.XueWen 17+3reb+3ast, P.Shang 17+8reb+2ast, D.Osama 10+8reb+7ast
Qingdao DS: G.Charles 32+12reb+5ast, B.Dee 24+4reb+7ast, A.Zaid 19+5reb, L.XiangTao 18+4reb+1ast, L.Guang 12+3reb+1ast, L.Gen 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 118547


Shandong - TianJin R. 97-87

Not a big story in a game when 17th ranked TianJin Rongcheng (5-22) lost to ninth ranked Shandong Bulls (13-14) in Jinan 87-97. Shandong Bulls outrebounded TianJin Rongcheng 55-41 including a 40-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by TianJin Rongcheng helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Rodney White (206-80, college: Charlotte) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. The former international guard Jie Sun (190-86) chipped in 24 points. American guard Vernon Hamilton (183-84, college: Clemson) produced 28 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Ivorian-French power forward Herve Lamizana (207-81, college: Rutgers) added 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Shandong Bulls maintains ninth place with 13-14 record. TianJin Rongcheng lost their third game in a row. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. Shandong Bulls' next round opponent will be Foshan (#14) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. TianJin Rongcheng will play against Qingdao Double Star and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shandong: S.Jie 24+3reb+2ast, W.Rodney 18+12reb+1ast, Z.Jinshuai 16+11reb, T.HanLin 15+8reb, L.Li 8+3reb+1ast, W.Ke 7+5reb+1ast
TianJin R.: H.Vernon 28+6reb+4ast, Z.Nan 17+4reb, L.Herve 16+9reb+4ast, W.Hao 14+1reb, X.GuiJun 6+7reb+1ast, Z.Ji 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 118548




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  CROATIA   


Cedevita returns bug guy Andrija Zizic - by Eurobasket News
Cedevita announced signing of Andrija Zizic (207-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) for rest of the season. The player left French ASVEL to join his former team. Zizic played for Cedevita last season averaging 17.1 points and 5.8 rebounds for 25 Adriatic league games. He also added 13.2 ppg and 7.8 rpg in EuroClallenge, plus 11.7 ppg and 3.3 rpg in Croatian league. This season Zizic had 5.5 ppg and 3 rpg for 15 ProA games with ASVEL. He also added 11.1 ppg and 2 rpg for 5 EuroCup games, and 8.8 ppg and 7 rpg in four Euroleague qualification games.
Before Cedevita, Andrija Zizic split 2008/09 season between Galatasaray and CAI Zaragoza. He had 8/9 ppg and 4.3 rpg for 11 games in TBL. Later in ACB he added 4.9 ppg and 2.1 rpg for 15 games. Zizic played for Panathinaikos, Olympiakos, Cibona, Barcelona, Cibona and Split in the past.


Croatian A1 round 16 best performance: Robert Lez - by Eurobasket News
Forward Robert Lez (200-F-79) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Zabok, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 31-year old player was the main contributor (33 points, two rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Darda (#7, 7-9) with 16-point margin 103-87. Zabok is placed at 5th position in Croatian A1. Zabok 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. In the team's last game Lez had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He has many years of experience at Zabok, through which he has constantly improved. Robert Lez averages this season 12.1ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 22-year old Luka Petkovic (190-G-88) of Svjetlost. Petkovic had a very good evening with 30 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Svjetlost lost that game 71-80 to the higher-ranked Borik (#2, 10-6). Svjetlost managed to keep the same 8th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-10 record. Petkovic is a newcomer at Svjetlost, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.2ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 5.2rpg and 4.5apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Ivan Krolo (217-C-83) of Vrijednosnice OS Darda (#7). Krolo scored 21 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Krolo's great performance Darda lost 87-103 to slightly higher-ranked Zabok (#5, 8-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Darda ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Krolo could help Darda to bring them higher in the standings. Krolo has a great season in Croatia. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.4ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 8.8rpg (3rd best). He also has 1.2bpg and FGP: 71.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Luka Zitko (201-F-81) of Trogir - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Nikola Dosen (187-G-91) of Dubrovnik - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Marijan Cakarun (90) of Borik - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) of KK Split - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Dario Saric (205-F/C-94) of Dubrava - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Ivan Mimica (193-G-80) of KK Split - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Zeliko Zupic (205-F-81) of Alkar Sinj - 19 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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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Arnold's 21 points and 6 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old power forward Marcus Arnold (207-F/C-84, agency: Stanley International) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team BK Pardubice and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1 (Second Stage).
He had the game-high 21 points adding six rebounds for BK Pardubice in his team's victory, helping them to beat Novy Jicin (#5, 0-1), Second Stage botton-ranked team 85-74. It allowed BK Pardubice to take over top position in the Czech Republic league. But it's just the very beginning of the Second Stage and BK Pardubice won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. It's Arnold's second year at BK Pardubice and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of Illinois graduate has very impressive stats this year. Arnold is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 8.0rpg) and averages solid 50.5% FGP. Worth to mention Arnold played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

Second best performed player last round was Terry Smith (185-G-86) of BC Kolin. He is American guard in his second season at BC Kolin. In the last game Smith recorded impressive 34 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he lead BC Kolin to another comfortable win outscoring B&W Opava (10-11) 104-58. The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Smith is well-known at BC Kolin 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 (#1). He also registered 4.4 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Lukas Kotas (194-F-84) of USK Praha (#-2). Kotas showcased his all-around game by recording 14 points, ten rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of USK Praha, leading his team to a 67-58 win against #0 ranked Plzen in a game of the week. USK Praha can only dream about fighting for top spots in A2. They have rather bad season and 6-15 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Kotas he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Kotas has individually a great season in Czech Republic. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.4ppg (7th best) and assists with 4.0apg (3rd best). He also has 2.2spg and FGP: 50.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrew Spagrud (203-F-85) of NH Ostrava - 13 points and 12 rebounds
5. Jiri Jelinek (203-F-87) of BC Kolin - 13 points and 10 rebounds
6. Radoslaw Hyzy (203-F-77) of BK Prostejov - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Cezary Trybanski (218-C-79) of NH Ostrava - 11 points and 8 rebounds
8. Brad Jones (186-G-85) of BC Kolin - 13 points and 6 assists
9. Milan Soukup (203-G-80) of Plzen - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Alton Mason (190-G-77) of NH Ostrava - 19 points 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)


1Liga Round 26: BK Prostejov B defeats leader Levharti Chomutov - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in 1Liga came to an end. Chomutov clinched the regular season title.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Levharti Chomutov (22-4) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by thirteenth ranked BK Prostejov B (7-19) 85-83. It ended at the same time the 11-game winning streak of Levharti Chomutov. BK Prostejov B moved-up to twelfth place. Levharti Chomutov at the other side clicnhed the top position with four games lost. 
Important game to mention about took place in J.Hradec. Fourth ranked B&W Opava B (16-10) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging second-ranked BK Lions Hradec (19-7) 75-74 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of BK Lions Hradec. B&W Opava B have an impressive five-game winning streak. They occupied the fourth position and would take on Usti n/Labem in the quarterfinal. J.Hradec remained in the second position and would face Proton Zlin in the playoffs.  
A very close game took place in Benesov between Kara Trutnov and BC Benesov. Eighth ranked Kara Trutnov (14-12) got a very close victory on the road over 10th ranked BC Benesov (10-16). Kara Trutnov managed to escape with a 1-point win 83-82 on Sunday evening. Kara Trutnov have a solid three-game winning streak. They ended the regular season in the eighth place to face Chomutov in the playoffs. BC Benesov lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 16 games lost.
The game between ninth ranked Proton Zlin (14-12) and 6th ranked Sokol Vysehrad (14-12) in Zlin ended with biggest points difference. Proton Zlin outscored guests from Vysehrad 89-66. Proton Zlin finished the regular season in the seventh position, while Vysegrad slipped at the ninth spot just outside the playoff zone.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 26: Sokol H.Kralove beat Litomerice on the road 76-72. Sparta Praha lost to Usti n/Labem on its own court 73-87. Bottom-ranked Liberec unfortunately lost to Sokol Prazsky in Praha 63-73.



J.Hradec - Opava B 74-75

Important game to mention about took place in J.Hradec. Fourth ranked B&W Opava B (16-10) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging second-ranked BK Lions Hradec (19-7) 75-74 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of BK Lions Hradec. B&W Opava B have an impressive five-game winning streak. They They occupied the fourth position and would take on Usti n/Labem in the quarterfinal. J.Hradec remained in the second position and would face Proton Zlin in the playoffs.
gschID: 92012


Litomerice - Sokol H.Kralove 72-76

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (14-12) beat on the road 11th ranked Slavoj BK Litomerice (9-17) 76-72. Sokol Hradec Kralove moved-up to sixth place. Slavoj BK Litomerice remained in the eleventh position with 17 games lost.
gschID: 92013


Benesov - Trutnov 82-83

A very close game took place in Benesov between Kara Trutnov and BC Benesov. Eighth ranked Kara Trutnov (14-12) got a very close victory on the road over 10th ranked BC Benesov (10-16). Kara Trutnov managed to escape with a 1-point win 83-82 on Sunday evening. Kara Trutnov have a solid three-game winning streak. They ended the regular season in the eighth place to face Chomutov in the playoffs. BC Benesov lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 16 games lost.
gschID: 92014


Chomutov - Prostejov B 83-85

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Levharti Chomutov (22-4) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by thirteenth ranked BK Prostejov B (7-19) 85-83. It ended at the same time the 11-game winning streak of Levharti Chomutov. BK Prostejov B moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Sparta Praha. Levharti Chomutov at the other side clicnhed the top position with four games lost.
gschID: 92009


Sparta Praha - Usti n/Labem 73-87

Very expected game when 12th ranked Sparta Praha (7-19) lost at home to fifth ranked BK Usti nad Labem (16-10) 87-73. The game without a history. BK Usti nad Labem led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. BK Usti nad Labem claimed the fifth overall position. Sparta Praha lost fourth consecutive game. They finished in the twelfth position with 19 games lost.
gschID: 92010


Sokol Prazsky - Liberec 73-63

Very predictable result when third ranked Sokol Prazsky (17-9) won against bottom-ranked BK Kondori Liberec (3-23) in Praha 73-63. The game was mostly controlled by Sokol Prazsky. BK Kondori Liberec was better in fourth quarter 14-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sokol Prazsky recorded the third place in the standings. They will face Sokol H. Kralove in the quarterfinals. BK Kondori Liberec lost eighth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 23 lost games.
gschID: 92011


Proton Zlin - Vysehrad 89-66

The game between ninth ranked Proton Zlin (14-12) and 6th ranked Sokol Vysehrad (14-12) in Zlin ended with biggest points difference. Proton Zlin outscored guests from Vysehrad 89-66. The game was mostly controlled by Proton Zlin. Sokol Vysehrad was better in second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Proton Zlin finished the regular season in the seventh position, while Vysegrad slipped at the ninth spot just outside the playoff zone.
gschID: 92008




Standings - D2
1Liga Standings
 1. Chomutov 22-4 
 2. J.Hradec 19-7 
 3. Sokol Prazsky 17-9 
 4. Opava B 16-10 
 5. Usti n/Labem 16-10 
 6. Sokol H.Kralove 14-12 
 7. Proton Zlin 14-12 
 8. Trutnov 14-12 
 9. Vysehrad 14-12 
 10. Benesov 10-16 
 11. Litomerice 9-17 
 12. Prostejov B 7-19 
 13. Sparta Praha 7-19 
 14. Liberec 3-23 


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Terry SMITH
  BC Kolin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Smith, BC Kolin17.8 
 2. Horak, Svitavy15.8 
 3. Burke, NH Ostrava15.7 
 4. Landry, BK Prost.15.5 
 5. Hatcher, BK Decin15.1 
 6. Houska, BK Decin14.7 
 7. Kotas, USK Praha14.4 
 8. Muirhead, Novy Jicin14.3 
 9. Hampton, BK Pardu.13.8 
 10. Sirina, B&W Opava13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Svitavy
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Meno, Basketbo.10.4 
 2. Burke, NH Ostrava9.4 
 3. Spagrud, NH Ostrava8.9 
 4. Houska, BK Decin8.7 
 5. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.0 
 6. Landry, BK Prost.7.9 
 7. Kramny, Svitavy7.9 
 8. Frana, Plzen7.2 
 9. Gadri, BK Prostejov6.7 
 10. Blazek, B&W Opava6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Stepan VRUBL
  Plzen
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Vrubl, Plzen5.4 
 2. Lawrence, BK Prost.4.8 
 3. Kotas, USK Praha4.0 
 4. Carnecky, B&W O.3.8 
 5. Hatcher, BK Decin3.7 
 6. Jones, BC Kolin3.5 
 7. Channels, Novy Jicin3.3 
 8. Sanders, BK Decin3.0 
 9. Maio, Basketbo.3.0 
 10. Macela, Svitavy2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Lukas KOTAS
  USK Praha
  (194-F-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Kotas, USK Praha2.2 
 2. Smith, BC Kolin2.0 
 3. Wright, BK Pardu.2.0 
 4. Hampton, BK Pardu.1.8 
 5. Sirina, B&W Opava1.8 
 6. Holloway, Basket.1.7 
 7. Gibson-B., NH Os.1.6 
 8. Macela, Svitavy1.6 
 9. Hatcher, BK Decin1.6 
 10. Lawrence, BK Prost.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  NH Ostrava
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Trybanski, NH Os.1.3 
 2. Hanke, USK Praha1.1 
 3. Kramny, Svitavy1.1 
 4. Miklosik, B&W O.1.1 
 5. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.0 
 6. Gadri, BK Prostejov1.0 
 7. Houska, BK Decin0.9 
 8. Spagrud, NH Ostrava0.8 
 9. Meno, Basketbo.0.8 
 10. Egwuatu, Svitavy0.8 


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Standings - 1st Division
1st Division Standings
 1. Falcon 15-2 
 2. Stevnsgade 14-3 
 3. Lemvig 12-6 
 4. Haderslev 11-6 
 5. Virum 11-7 
 6. Solrod 10-8 
 7. Glostrup 9-7 
 8. Skt.Klemens 6-12 
 9. Aarhus BF 5-13 
 10. ALBA 5-13 
 11. Herlev 4-14 
 12. Hobas 3-14 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Thomas SOLTAU
  SISU
  (210-F-82)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Soltau, SISU22.8 
 2. Morris, Aabyhoj22.3 
 3. Hall, Aalborg21.9 
 4. Brasas, Amager BK21.6 
 5. Johnson, Bakken21.6 
 6. Colas, Vaerlose19.8 
 7. Roberts, Naestved18.9 
 8. Iversen, Svendborg18.8 
 9. Dennis, SISU18.4 
 10. McGinn, Aalborg16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Naestved
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Roberts, Naestved13.1 
 2. Colas, Vaerlose10.5 
 3. Morris, Aabyhoj10.2 
 4. St.John, Horsens IC9.7 
 5. Johansen, Naestved9.6 
 6. Falkner, Aalborg9.2 
 7. Soltau, SISU8.8 
 8. Williams, Svendborg7.5 
 9. Johnson, Bakken7.1 
 10. Hakanowitz, Horsh.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Naestved
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Smedley, Naestved6.4 
 2. Claitt, Horsens IC5.6 
 3. Hall, Aalborg5.2 
 4. Dennis, SISU4.8 
 5. Nielsen, Horsholm4.1 
 6. Burgess, Bakken4.1 
 7. Martin, Aabyhoj4.0 
 8. Jensen, Vaerlose3.8 
 9. Darboe, Svendborg3.7 
 10. Simonsen, Amager B.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Marquis HALL
  Aalborg
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Hall, Aalborg3.9 
 2. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.2 
 3. Nielsen, Horsholm2.0 
 4. Dennis, SISU2.0 
 5. Burgess, Bakken1.8 
 6. Jakobsen, Bakken1.8 
 7. Jukic, Aabyhoj1.8 
 8. Roberts, Naestved1.8 
 9. Nielsen, SISU1.8 
 10. Colman, Svendborg1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.2 
 2. Blackmon, Horsholm1.6 
 3. Christoffers., Bak.1.5 
 4. Colas, Vaerlose1.4 
 5. Roberts, Naestved1.1 
 6. St.John, Horsens IC0.9 
 7. Johnson, Bakken0.8 
 8. McGinn, Aalborg0.7 
 9. Johansen, Naestved0.7 
 10. Logan, Amager BK0.7 


1st Division Round 18: Virum Vipers are upset by Glostrup - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in 1st Division is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 4 rounds. What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

The most important game in the last round took place in Virum between third ranked Virum Vipers (11-7) and seventh ranked Glostrup (9-7) on Saturday night. Virum Vipers were defeated by Glostrup in a tough game at home 81-89. Glostrup have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted Glostrup maintains seventh position with 9-7 record. Virum Vipers lost third consecutive game. Virum Vipers at the other side dropped to the fifth place with seven games lost. Glostrup will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Virum Vipers will play on the road against Lemvig (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Horsholm. Local Hobas (3-14) were outscored by fourth ranked Lemvig (12-6) 97-74. Lemvig moved-up to third place. Hobas lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Lemvig will play against Virum Vipers (#5) at home in the next round. Hobas will play against Haderslev (#4) and hope to get back on the winning track.

In the last two games of round 18 ALBA defeated Herlev in Alleroed 73-68. Aarhus BF was beaten by Skt.Klemens at home 67-75.



Herlev - ALBA 68-73

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked ALBA and 10th ranked Herlev had identical 4-13 record. But Herlev was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Alleroed 73-68. ALBA (5-13) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Aarhus BF. Herlev at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with 14 games lost. ALBA will play against Aarhus BF (#9) at home in the next round. Herlev will play against the league's leader Falcon where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
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Virum - Glostrup 81-89

The most important game in the last round took place in Virum between third ranked Virum Vipers (11-7) and seventh ranked Glostrup (9-7) on Saturday night. Virum Vipers were defeated by Glostrup in a tough game at home 81-89. Glostrup have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted Glostrup maintains seventh position with 9-7 record. Virum Vipers lost third consecutive game. Virum Vipers at the other side dropped to the fifth place with seven games lost. Glostrup will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Virum Vipers will play on the road against Lemvig (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Hobas - Lemvig 74-97

The game with biggest result difference took place in Horsholm. Local Hobas (3-14) were outscored by fourth ranked Lemvig (12-6) 97-74. Lemvig moved-up to third place. Hobas lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Lemvig will play against Virum Vipers (#5) at home in the next round. Hobas will play against Haderslev (#4) and hope to get back on the winning track.
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Aarhus BF - Skt.Klemens 67-75

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Skt.Klemens and 9th ranked Aarhus BF had identical 5-12 record. But Aarhus BF was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Odense 75-67. Skt.Klemens maintains eighth position with 6-12 record. Aarhus BF lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with ALBA. Skt.Klemens will play against league's second-placed Stevnsgade at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Aarhus BF will play against Solrod (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
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Rutherford's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
23-year old forward Donald Rutherford (198-F-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for SISU Copenhagen and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds, while his team outclassed Amager BK (#10, 4-22) with 32-point margin 82-50. SISU maintains the 6th position in Danish league. SISU is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-16 record. Rutherford turned to be SISU's top player in his first season with the team. Donald Rutherford averages this season 14.0ppg and 6.6rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Edward Morris (203-F-84) of Aabyhoj IF. He is American forward in his first season at Aabyhoj. In the last game Morris recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Aabyhoj to edge the higher-ranked Horsholm (#4, 15-11) by 2 points 62-60. Aabyhoj'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 10-16 record. Morris is one of the most experienced players at Aabyhoj and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.3ppg (#2). He also registered 10.2 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Mike St.John (203-F/C-84) of Horsens IC (#5). St.John scored 19 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite St.John's great performance Horsens IC lost 87-89 to the higher-ranked Svendborg (#1, 23-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Horsens IC needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 13 victories and 13 lost games. St.John has a great season in Denmark. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.7rpg (4th best). St.John attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chris Christoffersen (218-C-79) of Bakken - 18 points and 11 rebounds
5. Marquis Hall (183-G-87) of Aalborg - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Adama Darboe (190-G-86) of Svendborg - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jahmar Thorpe (198-F-84) of Bakken - 24 points and 5 rebounds
8. Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87) of Naestved - 15 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Hans Schur (203-F/C-83) of Horsens IC - 18 points and 3 rebounds
10. Anthony Martin (186-G-80) of Aabyhoj - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 7 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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Sunday's games - by Eurobasket News
Maine RC - Rio Grande 91-106
The Maine Red Claws (14-23) hope to take advantage of a shorthanded Rio Grande Valley Vipers (26-11) squad today after playing a close match with the 3rd overall Vipers on Thursday. Despite losing Jeff Adrien to the Golden State Warriors and playing with only 8 players, the Vipers outmanned the Red Claws to take a 106-91 win, sweeping the season series. The score stayed even throughout the first half with the halftime scoring standing at 50-50 despite the Red Claws just shooting 11 percent from the 3-point line. Jamar Smith scored 4 straight points to lead the Red Claws on a 12-6 run to end the half. The Vipers came out shooting in the third quarter make 6 of 11 three pointers. Former Red Claw Matt Janning had a big return to the Expo, hitting four straight three's after missing his first two. Rio Grande Valley outscored the Red Claws 34-19 in the third quarter to open up their lead and would not look back, expanding their lead to as much as 24. Rio Grande Valley's Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette) led all scorers with 26 while Patrick Sullivan (6'9''-C-88, college: SE Louisiana) finished the night with a double-double, with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Richard Roby added 20 points to the winning effort while Janning finished the night with 18 points. Deshawn Sims led the Red Claws with 24 points, while Antonio Anderson added 14 and Mario West picked 12. Jamar Smith finished with 11 of his own, while the bench provided equal scoring. The Maine Red Claws will take the court again Thursday, March 3 against the Dakota Wizards at the Portland Expo The Rio Grande Valley Vipers will head west to California to face the Bakersfield Jam on Friday, March 4. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Dakota W. - Ft.Wayne MA 111-117
The Fort Wayne Mad Ants showed an impressive knack for the quick turnaround at the Bismarck Civic Center. After losing a tight game to the Dakota Wizards on Saturday night, the Ants rebounded for a 117-111 win over the Wizards on Sunday afternoon. It was the third win in four games for Fort Wayne. The Ants (17-20) were led by forward Darnell Lazare (6'8''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU) 's 26 points and Walker Russell (6'0''-G-82, college: Jacksonville St.) Jr.'s 24. Four other players scored in double figures: Chris Kramer had 17, Wayne Chism 13, Rod Wilmont 12 and Corey Allmond 10. Chism led the team with 11 rebounds, and Russell dished out eight assists. Fort Wayne will play Reno in back-to-back games Thursday and Friday at Memorial Coliseum. Kramer, the former Huntington North and Purdue University standout, continued his hot shooting streak. In the last four games, he has hit 19 of 25 (.760) shots from the field, and 25 of 26 (.961) free throws and scored 67 points (16.7 ppg). He has hit 4-of-5 three-pointers in the streak. *Courtesy of www.news-sentinel.com

Tulsa 66ers - Sioux Falls S. 100-98
The Tulsa 66ers used a 15-2 run to end the game to outlast Patrick Ewing Jr. and the Sioux Falls Skyforce by a 100-98 final Sunday evening inside the Tulsa Convention Center. Ewing had 37 points and 18 rebounds, but the 66ers held Sioux Falls without a field goal the final 4:53 of the contest. Guard Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, college: UAB) led the home team with a season-high 28 points, including a perfect 12-12 performance from the free-throw line. 'Millsap really had a big night tonight for us,' 66ers head coach Nate Tibbetts said. 'I thought he did a good job of getting to the rim and taking good shots. He made routine plays all night long. As a team, I thought our guys stayed with it. We struggled some, but we kept competing and gave ourselves a chance.' The win marked Tulsa's fourth straight and improved it to 4-0 against Sioux Falls this season. Helping lead Tulsa (27-10) to victory was forward Ryan Reid who notched his third double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 boards. Also scoring in double-figures for the 66ers was Larry Owens (6'7''-G/F-83, college: ORU) and Jerome Dyson with 17 each and Latavious Williams with 15. In addition to Ewing, the Skyforce were helped by Raymond Sykes's 16 points, Keaton Grant scored 15 and reserve Sean Marshall added 10. *Courtesy of Sioux Falls Skyforce

Reno Bighorns - Utah F. 86-100
The Reno Bighorns dropped their second straight game to the Utah Flash, 100-86, on Sunday at the Reno Events Center. Salim Stoudamire (6'1''-G-82, college: Arizona) came off the bench to lead the Bighorns with 22 points. Marcus Landry (6'7''-F-85, college: Wisconsin) added 17. Reno shot only 36.4 percent from the field and 64 percent from the free-throw line. Utah (21-15) scored 33 points in the final period to pull away from Reno (22-14). *Courtesy of www.rgj.com

Erie Bay H. - Iowa E. 113-122
Iowa coach Nick Nurse knows what's coming Tuesday night after his Energy rattled Erie 122-113 Sunday afternoon to end the BayHawks' 11-game home winning streak at Tullio Arena. Jumping out to a 14-2 lead, the Energy (28-10), who have the D-League's best record, never trailed and led by as many as 16 points in handing the BayHawks only their second loss in 14 games at Tullio Arena this season. Ivan Johnson (6'8''-F/C-84, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.), a D-League All-Star, scored a game-high 30 points, but Iowa kept his teammates in check for most of Sunday's game. Curtis Stinson (6'2''-G-83, college: Iowa St.) led the Energy with 25 points and 10 assists, Jeffers had 22 points and 12 rebounds while Sims, the 2011 D-League All-Star game MVP, added 18 points and 18 rebounds. Courtesy of www.goerie.com




Interview with Coach Chris Finch - by Serafim Karaiskakis
Chris Finch after coaching many years in Europe decided to take a D-League team and he is now with no doubt the most promising coach in the league and ready for a bigger challenge.

Eurobasket.com: Tell us few things about the league, the duration and how different is from the European leagues.


Chris Finch : The league is only 6 months but very intense with a 50-game regular season. We travel a lot and play a lot of back-to-back games. the season does not have the same rhythm of a typical Europeans season where you play once or twice a week. We play with NBA rules plus a few experimental exceptions which include the international goal-tending rule and a 3-minute overtime. The style of game is different but at the end of the day basketball is basketball.

Eurobasket.com: Inform about the roster selection and if a players wants to play in D-League what he has to do.

Chris Finch : Roster composition is tricky. Most teams try to have younger players as it is a development league after all. We are allowed a maximum of 10 players and if the Rockets send us any players our roster can grow to 12. We must have one rookie player on our team at all times. Player contacts are non-guaranteed which means we can cut and add players at any time. However, we are restricted to 10 moves throughout the course of the year. Teams complete their rosters by a combination of returning player rights, the draft process and free agent claims during the season. If a player wants to play in the league he must either be a returning player or he must be admitted to the available player pool (or draft) through the league office. In effect, the league signs the players and the teams draft or claim them through free agency.

Eurobasket.com: Many believe that teams in D-League have as main goal to promote players for their affiliate NBA teams and they don't care about the game results, whats your opinion about that?

Chris Finch : That's not true at all. Teams in the D-League want to win as much as any other teams out there. Teams have varying degrees of working relationships with their NBA partners but winning remains very much a priority.

Eurobasket.com: What about your team,what target you have? And what style of basketball you prefer to play.

Chris Finch : We play the same style that our teams always have. Aggressive, physical defense and fast, wide open offense and we value the 3-point shot. Our top three goals are to win, develop talent and play exciting basketball people want to come and watch.

Eurobasket.com: Which players from the league now you believe they deserve a spot in a NBA team?

Chris Finch : There are many good players in this league that I believe can play at the next level.

Eurobasket.com: Whats in your aspect the best for a player, come and play in D-League and have a chance for a NBA call up or play in Europe and gain more money?

Chris Finch : The beauty of the D-League is that allows players to do both. Players can spend a few years playing close to the NBA and in that style as they can a longer evaluation period. Earning money will always be an option to talented players.

Eurobasket.com: They say teams in D-League don't play defence, that's the reason many players finish with some impressive stats that cant have in a European league, how true is this statement?

Chris Finch : I think this is a very narrow view of the D-League not to mention a completely wrong one. Players play hard and they guard hard. There are always poor defenders in every team in every league. The D-League as well as the NBA play 8 more minutes a game, play at a much faster pace overall and play within a set of rules that significantly enhance offense and make covering space on defense more challenging than in Europe.

Eurobasket.com: Do you have full capacity in your games? What about the general attendance of the fans in the league, do they support all teams?

Chris Finch : Again, like every league around the world league attendance varies from team to team but overall it's good and continues to grow. We average almost 4000 a game at Rio Grande.

Eurobasket.com: Do you believe that a D-League team can play in NBA with success? What similarities and differences exist between the two leagues?

Chris Finch : I believe that the D-League is a top league and would rival some top leagues in Europe but like those leagues there still exists a significant gap between the D-League and the NBA. True size and skill at each position is a major example. It's true the best players in the world play in the NBA.

Eurobasket.com: What about your personal ambition, this is your second year coaching in D-League, what plans you have for the future?

Chris Finch : My goals have always been the same. I focus on working hard and doing the best I can wherever I am. I would like to coach in the NBA some day but I could also see myself returning to Europe or even coaching in college here in the USA. Having said that, I very much enjoy coaching in the D-League and believe it has made me a better coach. I'm glad I made the decision to come here and working within a first-class organization such as the Houston Rockets has been both fun and rewarding.




Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 28-10 
 2. Erie Bay H. 24-11 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 17-20 
 4. Dakota W. 12-25 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 6-28 
Southwest Division
 1. Tulsa 66ers 27-10 
 2. Rio Grande 27-11 
 3. Texas L. 17-21 
 4. Austin T. 15-21 
 5. New Mexico 15-22 
 6. Maine RC 14-23 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 22-14 
 2. Bakersfield J. 22-14 
 3. Utah F. 21-15 
 4. Idaho S. 15-21 
 5. Springfield A. 10-26 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Bakersfield J.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.25.9 
 2. Jeffers, Iowa E.21.4 
 3. Johnson, Erie B.21.0 
 4. Adrien, Rio Grande19.9 
 5. Alexander, Texas L.19.5 
 6. McNeal, Rio Grande19.0 
 7. Dentmon, Texas L.18.9 
 8. Sims, Maine RC18.5 
 9. Edwards, New M.18.2 
 10. Russell, Ft.Wayne.17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Golde State W.
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande12.2 
 2. Ewing, Sioux F.11.3 
 3. Davidson, Idaho S.10.2 
 4. Sims, Iowa E.9.8 
 5. Williams, Texas L.9.6 
 6. Johnson, Dakota W.9.6 
 7. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.1 
 8. Brackins, Spring.9.1 
 9. Alexander, Texas L.9.1 
 10. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.2 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.7 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.9 
 5. Jackson, Idaho S.7.4 
 6. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 7. Ahearn, Erie Bay H.6.3 
 8. Johnson, Austin T.6.2 
 9. Reynolds, Spring.6.1 
 10. Baker, Dakota W.5.9 
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.2.1 
 5. Greene, Utah F.2.1 
 6. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 7. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.0 
 9. Wilmont, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
 10. Reynolds, Spring.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Williams, Texas L.2.9 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.2.8 
 3. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.4 
 4. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 5. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.1 
 6. Atchley, Rio Grande2.1 
 7. Sykes, Sioux F.1.9 
 8. Gaffney, Utah F.1.7 
 9. Pittman, Sioux F.1.7 
 10. Goodridge, Spring.1.6 


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DOMINICANS ABROAD: NCAA Willi Estrella double double...IUP one point win! - by Ozell Wells
Ashton Smith hit a pull-up jumper with 16 seconds left and Danny Walsh missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Crimson Hawks held off Edinboro 73-72 Wednesday night at Memorial Field House.

After a timeout with :26 to play Smith drove to his right and pulled up for the final two of his game-high 28 points. Smith also grabbed five rebounds.

Julian Sanders hit two free throws with 3:10 remaining in the game to give IUP a 70-68 lead, but Edinboro scored the next four to take a 72-70 lead with just 1:47 left to play. Smith made the front end of a pair of free throw with 1:17 to play to set up the dramatic final minute.

Edinboro trailed 26-25 with 6:50 to play in the first half, but went on 12-1 run to build the largest lead of the game 37-26 with only 3:16 remaining in the half.

The Crimson Hawks answered with a 12-3 run of their own, including nine points from Smith, to cut the halftime deficit to 40-38.

The second half saw the score tied 10 times and the lead change hands on 15 occasions. Neither team led by more than three points.

Three other IUP players joined Smith in double figures. Darryl Webb scored 13 points to go with nine rebounds and a pair of blocks. Willi Estrella (200-C-86) chipped in a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards.

Julian Sanders also added 12 points and became the 26th player in IUP history to reach the 1,000 point plateau.

Bryan Theriot paced Edinboro with 16 points. Clint Nicholson added 15 points and seven rebounds.

The Crimson Hawks return to action Saturday when they travel to Clarion looking to avenge a 73-68 loss earlier in the season.

courtesy of IUP athletics


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Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. TU/Rock 24-2 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 24-3 
 3. TTU/Kalev 19-5 
 4. Rakvere 13-13 
 5. Valga/CKE 10-15 
 6. Rapla 10-15 
 7. TTU/Kalev II 9-18 
 8. Parnu 7-20 
 9. Voru KK 1-26 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Penafiel
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Thornton, Voru KK18.7 
 2. Saage, Rakvere18.1 
 3. Erm, Rapla17.5 
 4. Raap, Parnu16.6 
 5. Raadik, Parnu16.6 
 6. Brown, Va.16.4 
 7. Arnold, TT.15.1 
 8. Osby, TT.14.8 
 9. Pilk, TT.14.8 
 10. Kuuba, Voru KK14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Penafiel
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Thornton, Voru KK12.2 
 2. Brown, Va.11.4 
 3. Arnold, TT.10.9 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla9.9 
 5. Kuuba, Voru KK9.1 
 6. Osby, TT.8.9 
 7. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.4 
 8. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.7.5 
 9. Pokla, Rakvere7.4 
 10. Raadik, Parnu6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Tanel SOKK
  Kalev/Cramo
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.6 
 2. Kriisa, TT.3.6 
 3. Sokk, TU/Rock3.5 
 4. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock2.9 
 5. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo2.8 
 6. Oja, Va.2.8 
 7. Pokla, Rakvere2.7 
 8. Ringmets, Rapla2.6 
 9. Archibald, TT.2.6 
 10. Karner, Parnu2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (180-G-93)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Laane, Rapla2.3 
 2. Karner, Parnu2.2 
 3. Saage, Rakvere2.2 
 4. Raap, Parnu2.2 
 5. Leppik, TU/Rock2.2 
 6. Doronin, TU/Rock2.1 
 7. Veideman, TU/Rock1.9 
 8. Oja, Va.1.9 
 9. Erm, Rapla1.8 
 10. Dorbek, Rakvere1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock1.9 
 2. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.3 
 3. Osby, TT.1.3 
 4. Raadik, Parnu1.1 
 5. Talts, TU/Rock0.8 
 6. Brown, Va.0.8 
 7. Arnold, TT.0.8 
 8. Ringmets, Rapla0.7 
 9. Saarmets, TTU/K.0.7 
 10. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 


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Andrija Zizic returns to Cedevita - by Uygar Karaca
According to sportando.net Cedevita Zagreb reinforced the squad with Croatian Andrija Zizic. The Croatian team reached Eurocup quarterfinal playoffs in its first season in the campaign and having a decent Adriatic League season. The almost resigned coach Aleksander Petrovic, who the club did not let go, decide to help Corsley Edwards under the rim. Zizic, a very experienced Croatioan power forward and center started the season at Asvel. He played at various big clubs, such as Barcelona, Panathinaikos an d Olympiakos. He was signed by Galatasaray CafeCrown, however that period did not go long.

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Olimpija and Pinkney part ways - by Zeljko Zule
Union Olimpija parted ways with Kevinn Pinkney (207-F-83, college: Nevada). The American landed in the team from Ljubljana in the summer and was averaging 10.7 points (2P 55%, 3P 42%, FT 84%), 3.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.4 blocks in 15 Euroleague games and 10.6 points (53%, 2P 28%. FT 59%), 3.9 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.3 blocks in his 18 Adriatic League games played so far. He won Slovenian Cup, Sloveniam All-Star game MVP award and 3-point shootut.

Fenerbahce Ulker extends Emir Preldzic - by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce Ulker came up with important news. The Turkish champion extended deal with Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) for three more seasons. The player will have option to leave for NBA after the second year.
Emir Preldzic was MVP of the Turkish Cup Tournament recently helping Fenerbahce Ulker to defend the trophy. He scored 35 points in the big final against Besiktas. He is a member of Fener since 2007. This season Preldzic appeared 15 times for the club in Euroleague averaging 6.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists. In Turkey, he added 9.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 2.4 apg.
Emir Preldzic helped Fener to win the title last season registering 10.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 3.3 apg in TBL. They won the title in 2008 as well.


Jonas Kazlauskas takes the reins in CSKA - by Eurobasket News
CSKA have appointed the new head coach. They have agreed on terms of contract with Jonas Kazlauskas . The deal is meant through 2012/13 season. Jonas Kazlaukas last worked with the Greek National Team. He guided the Hellenes in 2009 and 2010. Jonas Kazlauskas won the 2009 EuroBasket Bronze medals and participated at the 2010 World Championship with Greece. Jonas Kazlauskas worked with Olympiakos Pireus in Greece in 2004/06 seasons. Earlier the Lithuanian specialist led Zalgiris and Lietuvos Rytas. He also worked with Lithuanian U16, U18 selections, Lithuanian and Chinese National Teams. Jonas Kazlauskas was LKL Coach of the Year in 2002.



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  FINLAND   


Finnish 1st Division round 20 best performance: J'son Stamper - by Eurobasket News
American power forward J'son Stamper (200-F/C-85, agency: JEMsports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for LoKoKo, receiving a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 20 rebounds, while his team edged out Honka (#7, 10-10) in overtime 77-75. LoKoKo maintains the 3rd position in Finnish 1st Division. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. LoKoKo will need more victories to improve their 13-6 record. Stamper turned to be LoKoKo's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Minnesota star has very solid stats this year. Stamper is in league's top in points (2nd best: 22.5ppg), rebounds (7th best: 11.8rpg) and averages impressive 58.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old American Justice Graham (195-G-79) of Kerava ET. Graham had a very good evening with a double-double of 36 points and 13 rebounds. Of course Kerava ET cruised to a 96-87 overtime win over the higher-ranked BC Nokia (#5, 11-9). Kerava ET's 11th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-13 record. Graham is one of the most experienced players at Kerava ET and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.9ppg (#4). He also registered 7.8 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Kerava ET's star - Gambian forward Pierre Jallow (203-F/C-79). Jallow scored 23 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Kerava ET, helping his team with a 96-87overtime win against the higher-ranked BC Nokia (#5, 11-9). The chances of Kerava ET not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 13 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jallow could try to bring Kerava ET's a little bit higher in the standings. Jallow has a very solid season. In 2 games in Finland he scored 20.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Derick Nelson (196-F-86) of Lapua - 26 points and 8 rebounds
5. Baboucarr Bojang (204-F-80) of BC Nokia - 17 points and 16 rebounds
6. Jamal Douglas (201-F-85) of Huima - 20 points and 14 rebounds
7. Jani Parkkinen (191-F-87) of Jyvaskyla - 13 points and 7 rebounds
8. Pekka Setala (183-G-90) of BC Nokia - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Carlton Brown (198-F-79) of Ura Basket - 12 points and 12 rebounds
10. Maurice Horton (183-G-84) of LoKoKo - 26 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)


KORISLIIGA: Sharpshooter Ryan Ayers - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 38: YMCA Lahti visiting second time during a week Espoo and beating again Honka on the road. This time the difference was 12 points: 82-94. The MVP of the
game was sharpshooter Ryan Ayers (201-G-86, college: Notre Dame) (YMCA Lahti), who scored 33 pts without missing a shot (2 - 6/6, 3 - 7/7)! Ayers has made now 112 3-pointers out of 248 shots (45,2%) in 37 contests. Kataja (Joensuu) defeated Karhu (Kauhajoki) 99-77. Kataja won all four quarters. Jared Newson (195-G/F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Tennessee-Martin) led the hosts wiith 24 pts. Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) (Kauhajoki) had a double-double (28/14) once again, but Karhu had only two players in double digits. YMCA Lappeenranta won over Tarmo (Porvoo) 95-76. Tarmo will be this season # 12 and YMCA LPR probably # 11.

Honka - YMCA Lahti 82-94 (43-42). (Jamar Wilson 24, John Williamson 22, Samuli Vanttaja 9 - Ryan Ayers 33, Anthony Vereen 21, Roope Suonio 19).
Kataja - Kauhajoki 99-77 (50-34). (Jared Newson 24, Sami Lehtoranta 18, Antti Kanervo 18 - Jeremiah Wood 28/14, Vesa Makalainen 22, Eldar Skamo 7).
YMCA Lappeenranta - Tarmo 95-76 (46-26). (HL Coleman 19/10, Malik Moore 15/5a, Viljami Vanjoki 15 - Jerrah Young 22/10, Sami Marouf 14, Jonathan Heard 13/15).




Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Pyrinto 32-7 
 2. KTP 27-10 
 3. Kataja 25-12 
 4. Korihait 25-13 
 5. Honka 22-13 
 6. Kouvot 19-19 
 7. Karhu 17-19 
 8. ToPo 17-21 
 9. Namika Lahti 13-23 
 10. Salon Vilpas 13-25 
 11. LrNMKY 8-29 
 12. Tarmo 5-32 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Derick NELSON
  Lapua
  (196-F-86)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Nelson, Lapua24.6 
 2. Stamper, LoKoKo22.5 
 3. Manning, Huima22.3 
 4. Graham, Kerava ET20.9 
 5. Robinson, Jyvaskyla19.9 
 6. Hall, SayRi19.7 
 7. Valentine, Lapua19.3 
 8. Bojang, BC Nokia19.2 
 9. Douglas, Huima19.1 
 10. Towa, Kerava ET18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Carlton BROWN
  Ura Basket
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Brown, Namika II14.9 
 2. Bojang, BC Nokia14.3 
 3. Douglas, Huima13.5 
 4. Dantzler, LoKoKo13.5 
 5. Towa, Kerava ET13.1 
 6. Nelson, Lapua12.3 
 7. Stamper, LoKoKo11.8 
 8. Hall, SayRi11.1 
 9. Wilson, Huima10.6 
 10. Robinson, Jyvaskyla10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Treylon MANNING
  Huima
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Manning, Huima6.1 
 2. Riihela, BC Nokia5.2 
 3. Ramey, Ura Basket5.0 
 4. Horton, LoKoKo4.2 
 5. Ikavalko, FoKoPo3.5 
 6. Valentine, Lapua2.9 
 7. Graham, Kerava ET2.9 
 8. Ahila, Jyvaskyla2.8 
 9. Pasanen, SayRi2.5 
 10. Silvonen, Honka2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Maurice HORTON
  LoKoKo
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Horton, LoKoKo2.5 
 2. Valentine, Lapua2.5 
 3. Stamper, LoKoKo2.0 
 4. Bojang, BC Nokia2.0 
 5. Pasanen, SayRi1.8 
 6. Ramey, Ura Basket1.8 
 7. Hall, SayRi1.8 
 8. Still, Lapua1.7 
 9. Rainamaa, TomPo II1.7 
 10. Vertio, Honka1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Carlton BROWN
  Ura Basket
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Brown, Namika II0.8 
 2. Setala, BC Nokia0.7 
 3. Alanko, Ura Basket0.7 
 4. Kopio, Honka0.7 
 5. Nelson, Lapua0.6 
 6. Salminen, Ura B.0.6 
 7. Rainamaa, TomPo II0.6 
 8. Koskinen, Namika I.0.6 
 9. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla0.6 
 10. Mantymaa, Huima0.5 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jamar WILSON
  Honka
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Wilson, Honka22.9 
 2. Lewis, LrNM.21.1 
 3. Heard, Tarmo21.0 
 4. Wood, Karhu20.4 
 5. Blanchard, ToPo20.1 
 6. Bailey, LrNM.19.6 
 7. Walker, Kouvot19.6 
 8. Williamson, Honka19.2 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto18.9 
 10. Barrett, KTP18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 13
 1. Wood, Karhu13.0 
 2. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.7 
 3. Young, Tarmo9.9 
 4. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.9 
 5. Doaks, Salon Vilpas9.8 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto9.6 
 7. Blanchard, ToPo9.5 
 8. Vinson, Kouvot9.3 
 9. Coleman, LrNM.8.8 
 10. Belser, Honka8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Steffan JOHNSON
  Karhu
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Johnson, Karhu4.7 
 2. Moore, LrNM.4.6 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto4.3 
 4. Wood, Karhu4.1 
 5. Suonio, Namika Lahti3.9 
 6. Virtanen, Kataja3.8 
 7. Sarcevic, Korihait3.7 
 8. Ivey, KTP3.5 
 9. Okorie, Salon Vilpas3.5 
 10. Kataja, Salon Vilpas3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Wood, Karhu2.1 
 2. Fields, KTP2.1 
 3. Moore, Korihait1.9 
 4. Newson, Kataja1.8 
 5. Conerly, Tarmo1.8 
 6. Heard, Tarmo1.8 
 7. Sarcevic, Korihait1.7 
 8. Richards, ToPo1.7 
 9. Fells, Kataja1.7 
 10. Wilson, Salon Vilpas1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 James REAVES
  Korihait
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Reaves, Korihait0.9 
 2. Hendley, Namika Lahti0.8 
 3. Blanchard, ToPo0.7 
 4. Heard, Tarmo0.7 
 5. Wilson, Honka0.7 
 6. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 7. Makalainen, Karhu0.6 
 8. Belser, Honka0.6 
 9. Wood, Karhu0.6 
 10. Moore, LrNM.0.6 


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  FRANCE   


Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Blair, Denek23.7 
 2. Kennedy, Orchy18.5 
 3. Pridotkas, Brest18.5 
 4. Petrovic, St Et.18.2 
 5. Blot, Blois17.4 
 6. Ford, Bordeaux17.0 
 7. James, Challans16.6 
 8. Lesieu, St Quentin15.9 
 9. Disy, Roche15.6 
 10. Lalugba, Denain15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lavar SIMMONS
  St Etienne
  (201-F/C-83)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Simmons, St Et.9.1 
 2. Pasut, Sorgues8.5 
 3. Grimm, Blois8.3 
 4. Hoard, Lievin8.0 
 5. Lopez, Brest7.8 
 6. Kennedy, Orchy7.8 
 7. Brocheray, Denain7.7 
 8. Alingue, Souffel7.7 
 9. Lesieu, St Quentin7.5 
 10. Cilly, Orchy7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Pierre BROCHARD
  Blois
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Brochard, Blois6.5 
 2. Cortey, Le Puy6.0 
 3. Ramphort, Angers B.4.8 
 4. Barbry, Orchy4.2 
 5. Darrigand, Bordeaux4.2 
 6. Sauret, Denain4.1 
 7. Rambur, St Quentin4.0 
 8. Thomas, St Etienne3.7 
 9. Driss, Bordeaux3.5 
 10. Tillon, St Chamond3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Blair, Denek2.8 
 2. Neri, Roche2.0 
 3. Pistre, Le Puy2.0 
 4. Sauret, Denain2.0 
 5. Ipouck, Le Puy1.8 
 6. El Amrani, St Et.1.8 
 7. Blot, Blois1.8 
 8. James, Challans1.6 
 9. Roberts, Brest1.6 
 10. Barbry, Orchy1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jean-Stephane RINNA
  St Chamond
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Rinna, St Chamond1.9 
 2. Ford, Bordeaux1.7 
 3. Alingue, Souffel1.6 
 4. Traore, Angers B.1.6 
 5. Lalugba, Denain1.3 
 6. Pasut, Sorgues1.3 
 7. Kolb, Blois1.1 
 8. Ipouck, Le Puy1.1 
 9. Gourde, Get Vosges1.0 
 10. Kennedy, Orchy1.0 


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Tremmell DARDEN
  Nancy
  (194-G/F-81)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Darden, Nancy18.2 
 2. Nichols, Vichy18.0 
 3. Mejia, Cholet17.8 
 4. Jefferson, AS.17.4 
 5. Massie, Limoges17.2 
 6. Hughes, Hyeres-T.17.1 
 7. King, Le Havre15.8 
 8. Bennett, Pau-La.15.6 
 9. Woodside, Gravelines15.6 
 10. Hamilton, Paris-.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dounia ISSA
  Gravelines
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 9
 1. Issa, Gravelines9.0 
 2. Massie, Limoges8.9 
 3. Krupalija, Hyeres.8.9 
 4. Jones, Le Havre8.6 
 5. Akingbala, Nancy8.5 
 6. Elegar, Vichy8.0 
 7. Jefferson, AS.7.7 
 8. Koffi, Le Mans7.6 
 9. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.3 
 10. Hughes, Hyeres-T.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Rouen
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Reid, Vichy6.3 
 2. King, Le Havre6.2 
 3. Linehan, Nancy6.2 
 4. Wright, Limoges6.1 
 5. Woodside, Gravelines5.7 
 6. Diabate, Roanne4.8 
 7. Schilb, Chalon4.7 
 8. Sciarra, Pau-La.4.7 
 9. Tchicamboud, Cha.4.3 
 10. Bokolo, Gravelines4.2 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Linehan, Nancy3.7 
 2. Dobbins, Hyeres-T.2.5 
 3. Diot, Le Mans2.4 
 4. Darden, Nancy2.3 
 5. Walsh, AS.2.1 
 6. Sangare, Le Havre1.7 
 7. Bennett, Pau-La.1.7 
 8. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.7 
 9. Greer, Strasbourg1.7 
 10. Dewar, Le Mans1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Dounia ISSA
  Gravelines
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Issa, Gravelines1.8 
 2. Akpomedah, Grave.1.7 
 3. Falker, Cholet1.4 
 4. Jefferson, AS.1.4 
 5. Sene, Gravelines1.4 
 6. Wilkinson, Le Havre1.2 
 7. Koffi, Le Mans1.2 
 8. Pasco, Strasbourg1.2 
 9. Fofana, AS.1.1 
 10. Badiane, Poitiera.1.1 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Moses SONKO
  Maurienne
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Sonko, Maurienne18.8 
 2. Siggers, Rouen18.7 
 3. Harris, Lille18.3 
 4. Carter, Nanterre17.7 
 5. Gay, Fos Ouest17.1 
 6. Rouse, Charleville15.5 
 7. Dunn, Maurienne15.4 
 8. Daniels, Nanterre15.4 
 9. Labeyrie, Le Portel15.4 
 10. Runkaukas, Quimper15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 James MATHIS
  Maurienne
  (199-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Mathis, Maurienne10.4 
 2. Barber, Nantes10.2 
 3. Daniels, Chalons-.10.2 
 4. Monds, Bourg8.8 
 5. Bing, Dijon8.7 
 6. Giles, Rouen8.3 
 7. Monroe, Boulogne8.3 
 8. Rouse, Charleville8.2 
 9. Massot, Antibes7.6 
 10. Badiane, Boulazac7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Philippe DA SILVA
  Evreux
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Da Silva, Evreux8.1 
 2. Rowland, Le Portel6.3 
 3. Downey, Nantes5.7 
 4. Patiejunas, Boulo.5.3 
 5. Craven, Dijon5.0 
 6. Denave, St Vallier5.0 
 7. Williams, Le Portel5.0 
 8. Taylor, Rouen5.0 
 9. Mullins, Chalons-.4.7 
 10. Akono, Nanterre4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Kyle SHILOH
  St Vallier
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Shiloh, St Vallier2.7 
 2. Doyne, Charleville2.6 
 3. Daniels, Chalons-.2.5 
 4. Riley, Nanterre2.4 
 5. Sonko, Maurienne2.4 
 6. Craven, Dijon2.3 
 7. Patiejunas, Boulo.2.2 
 8. Mullins, Chalons-.2.2 
 9. Hachad, Fos Ouest2.1 
 10. Mathis, Maurienne2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest2.0 
 2. Jefferson, Quimper1.4 
 3. Monds, Bourg1.0 
 4. Barber, Nantes1.0 
 5. N''Diaye, Clermont0.9 
 6. Adjiwanou, Boula.0.9 
 7. Taccoen, Lille0.9 
 8. Daniels, Nanterre0.9 
 9. Diakite, Chalons-.0.8 
 10. Sneed, Maurienne0.7 


French NM1 round 24 best performance: John Ford - by Eurobasket News
American center John Ford (207-C-78) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked JSA Bordeaux Basket, receiving a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 32-year old player had a double-double of 33 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat Denek (#13, 11-13) 74-69. It allowed Bordeaux to consolidate first place in the French NM1. Bordeaux have a solid 21-3 record. Ford turned to be Bordeaux's top player in his first season with the team. Former Colorado State University star has very solid stats this year. Ford is in league's top in points (6th best: 17.0ppg) and averages impressive 1.7bpg and 58.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Lithuanian Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-F-84) of Etendard de Brest. Pridotkas had a very good evening with 32 points and 9 rebounds. Of course he lead Brest to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Get Vosges (#16, 8-16) 99-68. This victory allowed Brest to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 15-9 record is not bad at all. Pridotkas is a newcomer at Brest, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.5ppg (#3). He also registered 6.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was swingman David Cilly (196-G/F-81) of Orchy (#12). Cilly scored 14 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Cilly's great performance Orchy lost 65-74 to the higher-ranked St Quentin (#8, 13-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Orchy ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Cilly could help Orchy to bring them higher in the standings. Cilly has a very solid season. In 24 games in France he scored 8.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Wayne Morris (198-F-77) of Roche - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Dejan Sencanski (198-F-84) of St Quentin - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Juwann James (198-F-87) of Challans - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Cyril Guillarme (206-C-84) of Le Puy - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-F-80) of Sorgues - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jean-Victor Traore (204-F-85) of Angers BC 49 - 19 points and 6 rebounds
10. Robert Yanders (180-G-79) of Challans - 25 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)


Pau-Orthez keeps Teddy Gipson - by Eurobasket News
Pau-Orthez extended deal with Teddy Gipson (193-G-80, college: Arkansas) for rest of the season. At the same time, the French outfit parted ways with Michael Bauer.
Teddy Gipson joined Pau-Orthez in December, but he got injured the next month. He played four games this season averaging 14 points, 1.8 rebounds and 6 assists. Gipson was suspended and was not allowed to play in the first half of the season. Last season with Orthez he had 16.3 ppg, 4 rpg and 5.5 apg. He was named Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Player of the Year -10 and helped Pau-Orthez to win the ProB championship. Before Pau-Orthez, Teddy Gipson spent two years with Amsterdam. He played for Paderborn in Germany on season 2006/07 and before that three more years for Amsterdam. Gipson is a product of Arkansas University where he graduated in 2002.
Michael Bauer had 7.8 ppg, 3 rpg and 1.5 apg for 10 games this season.


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. Feni Indistrija 18-1 
 2. MZT Skopje 15-4 
 3. Rabotnicki 14-5 
 4. Torus Skopje 11-8 
 5. ABA Strumica 9-10 
 6. Kumanovo 2009 8-11 
 7. Lirija 7-12 
 8. Ovce Pole 6-13 
 9. Ultimate Basket 5-14 
 10. Pelister Bitola 2-17 


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Darko MATIC
  Kumanovo 2009
  (-C-84)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Matic, Kumanovo.22.9 
 2. Jovanovic, Ultima.20.3 
 3. Mirakovski, Rabot.17.1 
 4. Blazevski, Rabotnicki16.9 
 5. Petkovski, Pelist.16.8 
 6. Trajkovski, Torus S.16.6 
 7. Morban, Lirija16.5 
 8. Filipovic, Ovce Pole16.4 
 9. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.16.1 
 10. Nikolovski, MZT S.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gjorgje JOVANOVIC
  Ultimate Basket
  (209-C-80)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Jovanovic, Ultima.10.6 
 2. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.9.9 
 3. Pavlovski, Lirija9.5 
 4. Nikolovski, MZT S.8.6 
 5. Talevski, Pelist.8.1 
 6. Trajkovski, Torus S.7.8 
 7. Simic, Rabotnicki7.3 
 8. Chappell, ABA S.7.3 
 9. Knezevic, Feni I.7.2 
 10. Filipovic, Ovce Pole7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitar MIRAKOVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Mirakovski, Rabot.5.4 
 2. Morban, Lirija5.0 
 3. Kostovski, Torus S.4.9 
 4. Petrovski, MZT S.4.1 
 5. Blazevski, Rabotnicki3.9 
 6. Mladenovic, Ultima.3.7 
 7. Lazic, Ultimate.3.3 
 8. Samardziev, Feni I.3.2 
 9. Neal, ABA Strumica3.0 
 10. Sokolov, Feni I.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Gjorgi ANAKIEVSKI
  Pelister Bitola
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Anakievski, Pelist.2.5 
 2. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.5 
 3. Stimson, ABA S.1.5 
 4. Morban, Lirija1.5 
 5. Petrovski, MZT S.1.5 
 6. Mladenovic, Ultima.1.4 
 7. Blazevski, Rabotnicki1.4 
 8. Stojanovski, Feni I.1.3 
 9. Buchberger, ABA S.1.3 
 10. Miljkovic, Torus S.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Bojan TRAJKOVSKI
  Torus Skopje
  (206-C/F-88)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Trajkovski, Torus S.2.2 
 2. Chappell, ABA S.1.7 
 3. Krstevski, Torus S.1.2 
 4. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.1.1 
 5. Petric, Kumanovo.1.1 
 6. Avramovski, MZT S.1.1 
 7. Gocevski, Rabotnicki1.0 
 8. Simic, Rabotnicki0.9 
 9. Frye, Feni Indistrija0.9 
 10. Kurciev, Ultima.0.6 


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  GEORGIA   


Geogian Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mikheil BERISHVILI
  TSU Tbilisi
  (205-F-87)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Berishvili, TSU T.22.8 
 2. Chikviladze, GTU T.21.7 
 3. Parghalava, Sokhu.21.0 
 4. Panchulidze, TSU T.19.4 
 5. Dvalishvili, Samed.18.5 
 6. Matiashvili, TSU T.17.7 
 7. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi17.4 
 8. Keshelava, Batumi17.1 
 9. Tugushi, Army16.7 
 10. Babiashvili, Army16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Richard DAMUS
  Sokhumi
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Damus, Sokhumi11.7 
 2. Dvalishvili, Samed.11.5 
 3. Berishvili, TSU T.10.5 
 4. Keshelava, Batumi10.4 
 5. Matiashvili, TSU T.10.4 
 6. Imnadze, MIA T.9.6 
 7. Londaridze, TSU T.9.3 
 8. Damus, Sokhumi9.0 
 9. Tugushi, Army8.8 
 10. Ugrekhelidze, Army8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAPRINDASHVILI
  TSU Tbilisi
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Gaprindashvi., TSU T.6.6 
 2. Tugushi, Army5.9 
 3. Artsividze, GSAU T.5.5 
 4. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi4.8 
 5. Mikeladze, Batumi4.4 
 6. Tetelashvili, GSAU T.4.4 
 7. Tsivtsivadze, Energy R.4.4 
 8. Tavartkiladz., Samedi.4.4 
 9. Parghalava, Sokhu.4.3 
 10. Harris, Sokhumi4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Vasili BERUASHVILI
  GTU Tbilisi
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Beruashvili, GTU T.3.0 
 2. Gulisabedash., Samedi.2.9 
 3. Tsekvava, Energy R.2.8 
 4. Antadze, GTU T.2.7 
 5. Berishvili, Kutaisi2.6 
 6. Panchulidze, TSU T.2.6 
 7. Parghalava, Sokhu.2.6 
 8. Kokhreidze, TSU T.2.3 
 9. Sanadze, Energy R.2.3 
 10. Harris, Sokhumi2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Samuel LAMU
  Energy Rustavi
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Lamu, Energy R.1.9 
 2. Bekauri, Samedicino1.5 
 3. Imnadze, MIA T.1.4 
 4. Damus, Sokhumi1.4 
 5. Matiashvili, TSU T.1.3 
 6. Toudjani, Energy R.1.2 
 7. Damus, Sokhumi1.1 
 8. Londaridze, TSU T.1.0 
 9. Tenieshvili, Batumi1.0 
 10. Beruashvili, GTU T.1.0 


Londaridze's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
21-year old center Ilia Londaridze (205-C-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for TSU Tbilisi and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 20 rebounds, while his team outclassed Dinamo Tbilisi (#11, 1-14) with 54-point margin 149-95. TSU Tbilisi maintains the 3rd position in Georgian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. TSU Tbilisi will need more victories to improve their 11-4 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Londaridze as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Londaridze has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 9.3rpg) and averages solid 53.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Mikheil Berishvili (205-F-87). He is former international forward in his first season at TSU Tbilisi. In the last game Berishvili recorded impressive double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds. Of course together with Londaridze he helped TSU Tbilisi with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Dinamo Tbilisi (#11, 1-14) 149-95. TSU Tbilisi's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 11-4 record is not bad at all. Berishvili is one of the most experienced players at TSU Tbilisi and similarly like Ilia Londaridze has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.8ppg (#1). He also registered 10.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Akaki Dvalishvili (206-C-90) of Samedicino (#8). Dvalishvili showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Samedicino, leading his team to a 88-58 easy win against slightly higher-ranked Energy Rustavi (#6, 7-7). The chances of Samedicino not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 10 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Dvalishvili could try to bring Samedicino's a little bit higher in the standings. Dvalishvili has individually a great season in Georgia. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.5ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 11.5rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sergo Atuashvili (223-C-85) of Army - 23 points and 10 rebounds
5. Buba Kvimsadze (195-G-82) of Kutaisi - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Mikheil Panchulidze (192-F-83) of TSU Tbilisi - 27 points and 4 assists
7. Teimuraz Tavamaishvili (205-C-88) of Dinamo Tbilisi - 32 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Giorgi Barbakadze (203-F-91) of Kutaisi - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Mikheil Chitashvili (193-G-84) of TSU Tbilisi - 26 points and 3 assists
10. Kote Tugushi (192-G-84) of Army - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists

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


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  GERMANY   


German 1.Bundesliga round 24 best performance: Derrick Allen - by Eurobasket News
American forward Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for ALBA Berlin, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat EWE Baskets (#7, 13-11) 93-81. ALBA maintains the 3rd position in German 1.Bundesliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. ALBA will need more victories to improve their 16-8 record. Allen turned to be ALBA's top player in his first season with the team. Former The University of Mississippi star has very solid stats this year. Allen is in league's top in points (2nd best: 16.5ppg) and averages impressive 63.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Mark Dorris (188-G-85) of Phoenix Hagen. Dorris had a very good evening with 35 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Phoenix Hagen lost that game 92-100 to the higher-ranked EnBW L'burg (#8, 13-11). Phoenix Hagen is still in a red zone at 14th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-15 record. Dorris is a newcomer at Phoenix Hagen, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.1ppg (#9). He also recorded 3.8 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard DaShaun Wood (185-G-85) of league's second-best Dt.Bank SKY. Wood showcased his all-around game by recording 29 points, five rebounds and nine assists in the last round. He was a key player of Dt.Bank SKY, leading his team to a 83-72 win against the lower-ranked Art.Dragons (#5, 14-9). Dt.Bank SKY needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 18 victories and 6 lost games. Wood has a great season in Germany. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.2ppg (best scorer) and assists with 5.7apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84) of NY Phantoms - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Robin Benzing (208-F-89) of ratiopharm - 33 points and 2 rebounds
6. Quantez Robertson (190-G-84) of Dt.Bank SKY - 18 points and 7 rebounds
7. Rickey Paulding (196-G-82) of EWE Baskets - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Anatoly Kashirov (215-C-87) of Walter Tigers - 22 points and 8 rebounds
9. Chris Ensminger (209-C-73) of Telekom Baskets - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Luka Bogdanovic (210-F-85) of EWE Baskets - 20 points and 3 rebounds

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


Uskoski's double-double lands him ProB Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old center Devin Uskoski (198-C-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Leitershofen and receives a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Giessen (#9, 6-16) with 16-point margin 95-79. Leitershofen maintains the 2nd position in German ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Leitershofen will need more victories to improve their 17-5 record. In the team's last game Uskoski had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Leitershofen's top player in his first season with the team. Rocky Mountain College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Uskoski. Uskoski is in league's top in points (6th best: 21.3ppg) and averages solid 60.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Peter Huber-Saffer (208-C-80, agency: Court Side) of Rist-Wedel. He is a center in his 3rd season at Rist-Wedel. In the last game Huber-Saffer recorded impressive double-double of 30 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Rist-Wedel to edge the higher-ranked Schwelm (#1, 17-5) in overtime by 4 points 126-122. This victory allowed Rist-Wedel to move up to 9th position in North. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-13 record. Huber-Saffer is one of the most experienced players at Rist-Wedel and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Jason Holmes (191-G-86) of league's leader SG Schwelmer Baskets. Holmes got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for thirteen rebounds and six assists. Despite Holmes' great performance Schwelm lost 122-126in overtime to the lower-ranked Rist-Wedel (#9, 9-13). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Schwelm needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in North. Their record is 17 victories and 5 lost games. Holmes has a great season in Germany. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.0apg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kellen Williams (193-F-84) of Stahnsdorf - 18 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Matthew Reid (185-G-84) of Vechta - 30 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Blake Young (188-G-85) of Schwenningen - 29 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Ralph Schirmer (203-F/C-86) of Leipzig - 22 points and 8 rebounds
8. Ahmad Smith (194-G-84) of NBC - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists
9. Willis Gardner (185-G-86) of Licher Baeren - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Marco Voeller (201-F-89) of Langen - 20 points, 9 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)


Byerson's double-double lands him ProA Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old forward Brad Byerson (201-F-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Hannover and receives a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds, while his team outclassed Freiburg (#16, 6-16) with 37-point margin 117-80. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Hannover maintains the 11th position in German ProA. Hannover is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-14 record. Byerson just recently signed at Hannover and it was his first game, where he immediately became new team's leader.

Second best performed player last round was James Wright (187-G-81, agency: Impact Basketball) of USC Heidelberg. He is American guard in his first season at Heidelberg. In the last game Wright recorded impressive 38 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Heidelberg lost that game 76-91 to slightly lower-ranked Jena (#12, 7-15). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Heidelberg keeps 10th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-12 record. Wright is a newcomer at Heidelberg and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Sanijay Watts (193-F-87, agency: Limelight Hoops) of SOBA Dragons Rhoendorf (#14). Watts scored 20 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Watts' great performance Dragons lost 77-84 to the higher-ranked Webmoebel (#8, 11-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Dragons can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 6-16 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Watts he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Watts has individually a great season in Germany. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.6ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 8.5rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ryan De Michael (205-F/C-77) of Kirchheim - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Melvin Hall (183-G-85) of Jena - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Adrian Hill (203-F-84) of Jena - 20 points and 11 rebounds
7. Calvin Henry (198-F-86) of Hannover - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Lee Jeka (187-G-83) of Wuerzburg - 16 points and 10 assists
9. Tyler Kepkay (183-G-87) of Jena - 21 points and 7 rebounds
10. Stuart Turnbull (188-G-84) of Hannover - 22 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)


The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Give A Oscar-Like Gladiator Performance whipping The Artland Dragons 83-72. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
On the eve of the 2011 Oscars, some movie fans might have gotten their Sunday rolling with some past awards moments dancing in their heads like the famous Halle Berry speech wanting more time for to talk after being named the first African/African to win in 2002, the inspiring and heart felt speech by Tom Hanks for his best actor win in 1993 for portraying an aids victim in Philadelphia, 72 year old actor Jack Palance showing the world in 1992 his virility doing push ups after finally winning after four decades of acting for City Slickers, Robert Opal interupting the 1974 show as David Niven was introducing Elisabeth Taylor by running across the stage nude or the legendary stroll across the chairs by Italian actor Robert Benigni for winning best foreign movie for 'Life Is Beautiful, but despite the historic day in films, there was still a basketball game to play as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners showed another spirited, inspired and hard fought win despite not having captain Pascal Roller and Dominic Bahiense De Mello getting by The Artland Dragons 83-72. After the win the players had some time to reflect about the Oscar like team performance. 'This win was like any Rocky movie. They came out and punched us and beat us up bad and we were down by 14 points. We fought back and got the lead, but at the end they punched us again coming back. It was like a boxing match and we got beat a little, but better to go out with a win than with a loss', stressed Skyliner guard Dashaun Wood. 'This win reminded me of Gladiator. We fought hard and a gladiator never stops, but always fight back', stated Skyliner forward Roger Powell. 'This game reminded me of the movie 'Cop Out'. We had a great start, but then slid off just like the movie did', added Dragon gaurd Tyrese Rice. 'This game reminded me of the movie 'Life with Martin Lawrence and Eddie Murphy', said Skyliner Quantez Robertson. 'The movie 300 comes to mind in describing this game. I wouldnt call this a Oscar performance though', commented Skyliner foreward Kimmo Muurinen.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners won their fourth game in a row as they won the season series against the Artland Dragons. Frankfurt seems to amaze everyone every weekend this season with their style, but especially in the last weeks by the way they are able to pull out wins despite being undermanned. 'This teams surprises me again every time. I was a little nervous before the game. We had watched Bamberg-Artland in the hotel last weekend in Braunschweig and knew how good they were. But we came out and played as if we had no injuries at all. It seemed so easy in the second half. We played team basketball. Mckinney and Tez play close to 40 minutes, but everyone helped with Franke and Moss playing well and Powell back from his injury and playing like he was never gone. I am so proud of the team and hope that we can continue to play like this in the future', stated Skyliner center Marius Nolte. The Artland Dragons lost their second game in a row and after their fantastic start in the first quarter lost their intensity and were taken out of the game by The Deutsche Bank Skyliners who understood to play consistent on offense and defense. 'Frankfurt did a better job executing for the whole game. After our big run, Frankfurt came back and push up their level of defense. When we were down by five points at the end, we were unable to answer and lost control. Frankfurt switched very well on defense and we didnt do a good job getting the ball inside. We were settling for too many jumpers', stressed Dragon center Darren Fenn. 'This was a total team win. Getting Roger Powell back really helped us in our big rotation. Mckinney and Tez did a good job bringing the ball up giving Wood a rest', stressed Skyliner forward Kimmo Muurinen.

Skyliner fans got the first look at 25 year old 206cm forward Robert Kurz who recently signed with the Artland Dragons after starting the season in the Spanish ACB playing with Granada averaging 13,9ppg and 9,1rpg. He played at Notre Dame and entered the NBA as a rookie playing 40 games for the Golden State Warriors in 2008-2009. The Artland Dragons are happy to have him. 'We got Kurz for an extra inside presence and had been playing well in Spain. Stefan Koch had been following him and getting him was good for both sides. He wanted to go since he was not happy anymore in Spain', added Dragons assistant coach Tyrone Mccoy. Kurz who played in the NBA and was averaging 35 minutes in the ACB and now only 18 minutes has to get used to the limited role, but so far has been blending in nicely. 'Kurz is a great teammate and he knows the situation and his role. He is just trying to fit in and help the team. He fits in great with our big man rotation', added ex Skyliner Tyrone Mccoy. Deutsche Bank Skyliner sports director Kamil Novak added that Kurz is a very versatile player with a good touch and a guy who will help the team. However Kurz also has a hidden talent. 'He is a very hard worker that has a NBA type work ethic. He is a strong kid and is a lot stronger than he looks', warned ex EWE Baskets Oldenburg guard Tyrone Mccoy.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliner fans got their first headache before the game as the players were warming up and captain Pascal Roller and Dominic Bahiense De Mello were on the sidelines in street clothes. Frankfurt showed again that despite injuries, nothing would get in their way. 'The reason why Frankfurt continues to perform so well despite injuries is because each guy is a competitor and no player has a let down. Even guys that might be prone to struggle, they dont playing consistent', warned Tyrone Mccoy. Later fans got their first introduction with the mask of Roger Powell who looked scary and a little like a lost phantom. Dashaun Wood took his movie love to bat with a good description of the Powell mask. 'His mask looked like he was a bank robber. It reminded me of the movie 'Set it off' where four girls rob a bank', added Dashaun Wood. Powell was about to give up his day job as player and substitute as a mascot too soon. 'No I would not jump in for the mascot dunking kong. He is doing a good job. I love our mascot', stressed Roger Powell. 4840 people made the way into the Ballsporthalle for a Sunday matinee, but were quickly got a big lump in their throat as The Artland Dragons jumped out on a 16-3 lead. Darren Fenn and Adam Hess jumped out of the blocks getting hot making 14 of the first 16 points. Fenn scored inside three times and Hess nailed two three pointers. 'Hess was very hot and the Dragons are hard to stop when they have guys on fire. We fought back into the game with our defense', stated Marius Nolte.

In almost every article I write I mention that basketball is a game of runs and as quickly as Artland got hot, they got cold as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners closed out the first quarter with a 17-6 run to trail only 23-20 after 10 minutes. Frankfurt spread the offense production around as Roger Powell drained two three pointers despite riding a 23% shooting percentage from the parking lot. Super Tez got the Frankfurt intensity to sky rocket with a fast break hoop and a steal and lay up. Nolte also scored on transition as Wood gave a pretty behind the back pass to Powell who fed the German. Wood also made a three pointer. 'Artland started very well while Frankfurt missed a lot of shots. Frankfurt came back had better ball movement and played as a team', stated BBC Sparta Bertrange (Luxemburg) forward Lucas Hargrove.The Artland Dragons were shooting 60% from the field and 60% from outside while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 53% from the field and 75% from outside. Frankfurt had the slight 7-6 rebound edge. Both teams had three turnovers a piece. The Artland Dragons already had 8 team assists.

In the second quarter would stay very tight as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners held the lead except for two times where The Artland Dragons had the lead. Quantez Robertson kept the momentum going for Frankfurt as he got the club easy fast break points on the fast break. Nolte and Wood were unable to male all their free throws and Tyrese Rice gave The Artland Dragons the lead back at 27-26 with a perfect made floater that really looks like something he practices as diligently as free throws. Despite losing the scoring battle against Wood with 29-19 and hype in the BEKO BBL, Rice seems to be taking it in strides. 'There was a lot of hype between Wood and me. It was a great match up and I enjoy playing against a guy like him. I dont worry about what the writers write, but just play the game. Wood shows the same by just playing basketball and not being distracted', stressed Boston College alumnist. Frankfurt then went on a 6-2 run to lead 32-29. Whenever Frankfurt shows some kind of spectacular play, there is a good bet that Wood and Super Tez may be involved. Wood found a small crack the same way a mouse does in the wall when escaping the paws of a hungry cat as he scored on a lay up. Then came the most spectacular play of the game as Tez made one of his usual patent steals fed Wood who slowed down letting the American sky high for an ally op dunk that got the crowd going. 'I watched him do that a lot at Auburn. I saw him do a windmill in a game', stressed Quantez Robertson friend Lucas Hargrove. 'That alley-op got the team and fans excited', added Quantez Robertson.

The Artland Dragons then retrieved the lead back as Rice made another spectacular lay up which he shot high off the glass. Despite the 33-32 Dragons lead, Frankfurt was doing a great job keeping Hess and Fenn away from the hoop. Frankfurt then regained the lead 35-33 with a spectacular running three pointer from Wood that brought back memories to the similar type of shot from Larry Bird in a game against Portland in 1992 as he poured home 49 points in the Boston Garden and Clyde Drexler 41 points. Frankfurt closed out the second quarter strong as Jimmy Mckinney nailed a three pointer and Wood scored coast to coast. Kimmo Muurinen sent both teams in half time with a buzzer beater mid distance jumper from the wing as Frankfurt led 44-39 after 20 minutes. 'Frankfurt continued to play well. They wanted to make up for their poor start in the first quarter. They were passing the ball extremely well and their intensity on defense was high. Artland was playing well as a team also, but Frankfurt was playing better team basketball', stressed Auburn alumnist Lucas Hargrove. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 53% from the field and 45% from three point land while The Artland Dragons were shooting 47% from the field and 43% from three point land. Artland retook the rebounding lead 15-13, but had seven turnovers while Frankfurt had only four turnovers.

In the third quarter, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were able to build on their lead as they caught the Artland Dragons off balance going on a 6-0 run to lead 50-39. Frankfurt was playing sound basketball keeping the pressure on on defense, getting to the free throw line and getting two buckets from Muurinen and a pull up jumper from Wood. The Artland Dragons then caught Frankfurt losing a little concentration as Nathan Peavy stumbled through the zone as no Skyliner picked him up and finishing with a running two handed dunk and after a long break Fenn returned to the scoring list with a runner. Frankfurt led only 50-43. However The Artland Dragons were unable to get some consecutive stops as Frankfurt went on a 11-2 run to lead 60-45. Frankfurt did a great job under the basket getting some extra chances punishing the Dragons for not getting defensive rebounds. Muurinen started the run with a dunk getting a perfect extra pass feed from Wood. Powell then made a lay up after taking advantage of a second chance. Wood hit a three pointer and Powell was rewarded with a one handed dunk after Muurinen once again was doing the dirty work fighting and tipping the ball around as three Dragons were in his face. In the last minutes, Alexander Seggelke and Quantez Robertson traded three pointers and Bryan Bailey made a jumper from the wing. After three quarters, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners led 63-52. 'Key to winning this game was the third quarter. We played the way we usually do with aggressive defense that led to easy baskets', stated Kimmo Muurinen. 'They got a lot of second chances and got put backs. We didnt do a good job on offense not taking advantage of what the defense gave us', stressed ex Golden State Warrior Robert Kurz. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 48% from the field and 30% from the parking lot while The Artland Dragons were shooting 45% from the field and 40% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the rebounding edge again at 25-19. The Dragons only had 4 assists in the second and third quarter combined after getting 8 in the first quarter. Frankfurt had only 6 turnovers while Artland had 11 turnovers.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners continued to play their game in the first minutes going on a 11-4 run to lead 74-56. Jimmy Mckinney started the run with a bomb form the wing over Ruben Boumtje Boumtje and played superb defense on the other end as Chris Moss and Roger Powell were like a big wall not letting Kurz get a shot off. Powell scored inside and the club also got successful free throws from Wood and Moss. Robertson continued to show his stroke from outside making a three pointer. With time running down and the energy level, The Artland Dragons did have one last gasp of air as they scared Frankfurt with a 12-2 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 76-70. Kurz started the run with a quick hoop inside and then got another beautiful flaoter by Rice which looks like a clock work in his release and a lay in. Boumtje Boumtje then blocked Muurinen which led to a Seggelke three pointer. Muurinen then fouled Rice behind the three point line as Frankfurt suddenly only led 76-70 as Rice made all three free throws. Artland then had two chances but Kurz and Seggelke missed and Wood punished them with four free throws sealing the win. Wood then made a lay up scoring six consecutive points. 'We had a chance at 76-70 but Wood made the important plays then as well as through out the game', stressed ex Bremerhaven center Darren Fenn.'The second half was one of our worst performances this season. We had some good moments, but that simply wasnt Artland Dragons basketball', warned Robert Kurz. 'We played good team basketball. We played consistent and that is how we always want to play', added Dashaun Wood.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Dashaun Wood with 29 points, nine assists and five rebounds. Quantez Robertson added 18 points and seven rebounds. Roger Powell had a strong comeback with 13 points, five rebounds and two assists. The Artland Dragons were led by Tyrese Rice with 19 points. Adam Hess and Robert Kurz produced 11 points a piece. Alexander Seggelke and Darren Fenn chipped in with 10 points a piece. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners won the rebounding duel and showed the strong rebounding Artland team that they played with more effort. 'Frankfurt did a good job on the offensive boards. We are a good rebounding team, but Frankfurt hurt us with their second chances. Frankfurt was switching a lot, double teaming the post and forcing turnovers. We werent patient enough', added Robert Kurz. Frankfurt held Artland to 72 points and showed again that they are one of the best defensive teams in the BEKO BBL. 'We finally have understood the defensive principle. It is not important how we defend one on one, but how we perform as a team. Each guy helps each other and it feels like we know each other is blindly', stressed Marius Nolte. 'Adversary makes us strong. We have dealt with many injuries this season and we have responded well. If a team can respond well, you tend to get better', warned Roger Powell. The team now has a week to prepare for the annual Hessen derby in Giessen. 'I know some Giessen fans and I know how intense the rivalry is. I like how there are so many emotions involved. That is how basketball should be like', stressed Marius Nolte. The Giessen 46ers host The Deutsche Bank Skyliners on Saturday March 5th


The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig Sign Uros Duvnjak - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Uros Duvnjak (190-G-86, agency: BeoExcell) has survived the try out phase with The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig as he recieved a contract until the end of the season. Duvnjak is a 20 year old 190cm guard that is one of the most Promising Player in Yugoslavia. He should continue to play and develop as a playmaker. He is very fast, a good jumper and great fighter on the court. He has great technical abilities with a great sense for the game and assists, good in shooting and penetrating, responsible on defense. Last season, he played for PBG Basket Poznan (Poland-PLK, starting five): 26 games: 7.1ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 53.2%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 76.8%. 'We are more secure now on the small positions and can react better. We have added another good player for our practices', stated Braunschweig coach Sebastian Machowski (agency: Limelight Hoops ). Duvnjak started his basketball career for Partizan Beograd junior team in 2003. He played for KK Sloga Telekom Srbija Kraljevo (1A, starting five) in 2005-2006 SCG A1 League: 12 games: 10.1ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5spg, during the season moved to Atlas Banka Novi Beograd (Superleague): SCG A1 League: 9 games: 5.4ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.4apg; SCG Superleague: 10 games: 4.6 ppg, 1.6 rpg. He played for Vojvodina Srbija Gas Novi Sad from 2006-2008. In 2008-2009, he played for Radnicki 034 Group Kragujevac (A League, starting five): Balkan League: 8 games: 11.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.5apg, 1.4spg; Serbian League: 25 games: 14.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.5apg, FGP-3 (56.8%), 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 77.2%. Awards and achievements in his career have been Serbia & Montenegro U18 National Team -04, EC U18 Challenge Round -04: 5 games: 7.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.2apg, Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Germany (Unofficial World Championships U18) -04 (4th Place), European Championships U18 in Zaragoza -04, Serbian University National Team -07, World University Championships in Bangkok -07, Radivoj Korac (Serbian Cup) Semifinals -08, Adriatic League Quarterfinals -08, Serbian League Regular Season Runner-Up -08, and Serbian League Semifinals -08.

Source: New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig


The Walter Tigers Tuebingen Sign Mladen Lukic - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Walter Tigers Tuebingen have reacted to the loss of big man Kenny Wiliams by bringing in Mladen Lukic (207-C-92) until the rest of the season. Lukic is a 20 year old 207cm 120 kilogram center from Serbia. Thiss eason he played for the Poly-Rapid Zurich Wildcats (Switzerland-LNA, starting five). He was averaging 9,5ppg, 7,2rpg and 1,7bs in 22 games playing 27 minutes per game. He had three double doubles and his best game was against BBC Nyon where he gave 19 points and grabbed 13 boards. He started his basketball career for KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd junior team in 2007.

Jacob Burtschi (Phoenix Hagen) We Have An Opportunity But A Few Bounces Go The Other Way And We Lose It In The End - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) is a 26 year old 198cm forward from Chickasha, Oklahoma who is a rookie this season for Phoenix Hagen. He played at the Air Force from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 35 games averaging 13.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3Pts: 39.0%, FT: 77.3%. He had offers to play in the NBA, but served in the Air Force the last three years and could only play club ball. Some achievements that he got in the NCAA were All-MWC Honorable Mention -05, MWC Regular Season Runner-Up -06, All-MWC 2nd Team -06, 07, NABC All-NCAA District 13 2nd Team -07, and NIT Final Four -07. He spoke to Eurobasket following the 100-92 loss in Ludwigsburg.

A tough 100-92 loss in Ludwigsburg. Why didnt you play?


I hurt my ankle last week in practice. I wanted to play but we felt it was in the best interest to let it heal for another week.

What was your impression of the Ludwigsburg arena which was opened last season?

That is a very nice arena. proabaly one of the best ones I have seen so far in the league.

How tough is it losing a game like this where Phoenix Hagen was always in it, but then at the end see 100 points given up?

Its kind of the same story for us most weeks. We have an opportunity but a few bounces go the other way and we lose it in the end. we got to find a way to capitalize on those moments.


EnBW Ludwigsburg poured in 33 points in the fourth quarter. What was giving Phoenix Hagen the most problems on the defensive end?

Tthey hit tough shots, made all their free throws and got some great tip ins on the offensive glass

Mark Dorris poured in 35 points. What amazes you the most about his game? Can he surprise you each day in practice with something he does with the ball?

Mark Dorris is a bum. haha nah the black cobra can do a lot with the ball. Dont let his size fool you. He finds a way to get it done.

How much will Gerald Wallace help the Portland Trailblaziers in the strectch run?

I think he will help a lot. He is a solid player who will defend, get you boards, and be relentless

What NBA trade surprised you the most at the trading deadline?

The celtics giving up Perkins for Green. I am from Oklahoma so I was all for the trade. OKC is now a contender.

What is your favorite Oscar moment in your life?

When Will Ferrell and Jack Black sang at the Oscars a few years back. youtube it.

Thanks Jacob for the chat.


Tyrone Brazelton (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven) Its Very Disappointing To Keep Losing At Home, But We Arent Losing Confidence In Ourselves - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Tyrone Brazelton (185-G-86, college: W.Kentucky) is a 24 year 185 guard that is currently playing with The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. He grew up in Norcross, Georgia and played at Western Kentucky from 2006-2008 and in his senior year played 36 games: 14.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 44.7%, 3Pts: 42.9%, FT: 67.3%. In 2008-2009, he started his professional basketball with BK Ventspils (Latvia-LBL, starting five): LBL: 9 games: 10.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 38.2%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT: 71.9%, Baltic League (Elite Group): 11 games 13.2ppg 2.8rpg 2.7apg 1.2spg; EuroChallenge: 4 games: 16.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.3apg, 1.3spg, in Jan.'09 moved to Asseco Prokom Sopot (Poland-PLK): Polish League: 27 games: 4.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.9apg; Euroleague: 6 games: 3.7ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.7apg. Last season, he played for Prokom Gdynia (Poland-PLK): Polish League: 6 games: 7.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 30.0%, 3PT: 47.1%, FT: 53.3%; Euroleague: 3 games: 4.7ppg, 1.0rpg, in Nov.'09 moved to Energa Czarni Slupsk (Poland-PLK, starting five): 21 games: 13.4ppg, 2.6rpg, Assists-5 (4.8apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 80.8%. Some awards and achievements in his career have been All-NJCAA D1 1st Team -06, NJCAA D1 All-Star Game -06, Sun Belt East Division Regular Season Runner-Up -07, 08, Sun Belt Tournament Semifinals -07, All-Sun Belt 2nd Team -08, Sun Belt All-Tournament Team -08, Sun Belt Tournament Winner -08, NCAA Sweet 16 -08, Polish Cup Finalist -09, Polish League Regular Season Champion -09, and Polish League Champion -09. Tyrone spoke with eurobasket after the 102-80 loss to The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig.

A tough 102-80 loss against The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. That was the third loss in a row at home. Does it hurt the self confidence of a team very much when it has trouble winning at home?


Its very disappointing to keep losing at home. As a team we work so hard and want to win games for our fans and to lose three in a row is a little disappointing. At the same time we aren't losing confidence in ourselves. We know we have to battle threw adversity. I went down with an injury and was only able to play 2 mins in the second half, so our team played the whole half without a pg on the court, which really changed the outcome of the game. We're still a confident team and we're going to play hard every single game, that's not going to change!

Bremerhaven had the slim 44-43 lead at halftime. How would you have described the style of play in the first 20 minutes?


We pretty much controlled the tempo of the game in the first 20 minutes. We came out with a lot of energy and set the tone offensively and defensively.


Braunschweig stepped it up in the second half scoring 28 points in the third quarter and 31 points in the fourth quarter. What break downs was Bremerhaven having on defense to allow so many points?


In the second half we gave up way to many shots from the perimeter. Granted Braunschweig did a good job of knocking down open looks, I think we could have defended and limited more of their open looks from 3.

How was it playing against Kevin Hamilton. He has only scored in double figurers 5 times, but he saved his best for Bremerhaven with 22 points.

Kev played a great game, which isn't surprising to me. He's a really good player and we knew that coming into the game. He came in the game and did all that his team needed him to do.

Jan Lipke led Bremerhaven with 19 points in 21 minutes. What ahs been your early impression of the german who likes and knows how to score in bunches?

Jan Lipke is the heart and soul of our team, it doesn't matter if he's in the game or on the bench he's always showing his leadership. As far as him scoring 19pt in 21 minutes, that was big for our team and we are going to need more of that from him.

How much will Gerald Wallace help the Portland Trailblaziers in strectch run?

I think the Gerald Wallace trade may be one of the best trades. Adding him to their roster makes them really tough!

What NBA trade surprised you the most at the trading deadline?


Doren.Williams getting traded was a shock to me. I still don't believe that trade went down.

What is your favorite Oscar moment in your life?

I dont have a favorite Oscar moment.

Thanks Tyrone for the chat.



Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.Bank SKY
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Wood, Dt.18.2 
 2. Allen, ALBA16.5 
 3. Benzing, ratio.16.4 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons16.0 
 5. Bell, Phoenix Hagen15.8 
 6. Ross, MBC15.8 
 7. Martin, Bremerha.15.4 
 8. Harris, EnBW L.15.4 
 9. Dorris, Phoenix .15.1 
 10. Callahan, Bremerha.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm10.8 
 2. Reiner, Bayreuth8.4 
 3. Ensminger, Teleko.7.9 
 4. Watts, Walter T.7.7 
 5. Stevic, EWE B.7.2 
 6. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.2 
 7. Martin, Bremerha.7.1 
 8. Evtimov, MBC7.0 
 9. Peacock, LTi 46ers6.7 
 10. Pleiss, Brose B.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter Tigers
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Ratkovica, Walter T.7.8 
 2. Wood, Dt.5.7 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.3 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons4.9 
 5. Green, EnBW L.4.4 
 6. Jordan, MBC4.3 
 7. Goldsberry, Brose B.4.2 
 8. Campbell, EWE B.4.2 
 9. Gamqrelidze, LTi 4.1 
 10. Hamilton, NY Phant.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phantoms
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.2.0 
 2. Burtschi, Phoenix .1.7 
 3. Martin, Bremerha.1.7 
 4. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.6 
 5. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.5 
 6. Pryor, Phoenix .1.5 
 7. Campbell, Teleko.1.4 
 8. Wise, Telekom .1.4 
 9. Wood, Dt.1.4 
 10. Dorris, Phoenix .1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Bayreuth
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.1.9 
 3. Buechert, Phoenix .1.6 
 4. Bryant, ratiopharm1.5 
 5. Brempong, Duesseld.1.2 
 6. Scott, Goettingen1.2 
 7. Goree, NY Phantoms1.2 
 8. Boumtje, Art.Drag.1.0 
 9. Hines, Brose B.1.0 
 10. Denison, Bremerha.1.0 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel21.8 
 2. Shepherd, Osnab.20.3 
 3. Roessler, Karlsruhe18.7 
 4. Brooks, Kirchheim18.6 
 5. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau18.1 
 6. Watts, Dragons17.6 
 7. Gause, Freiburg17.5 
 8. Gray, Crailsheim17.1 
 9. Wallace, B.Mue.17.0 
 10. Wright, Heidelberg16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Smallwood, Cuxha.10.9 
 2. Smallwood, Kirchheim9.6 
 3. Yearby, Cuxhaven9.5 
 4. Black, Karlsruhe8.9 
 5. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau8.6 
 6. Watts, Dragons8.5 
 7. Schoo, Heidelberg8.2 
 8. De Michael, Kirchheim8.0 
 9. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.7.6 
 10. Shaw, Chemnitz7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Kameron GRAY
  Crailsheim
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Gray, Crailsheim5.9 
 2. Brooks, Kirchheim5.9 
 3. Zazai, Chemnitz5.7 
 4. Cook, Cuxhaven5.6 
 5. Jeka, Wuerzburg5.0 
 6. Johnson, Webmoebel4.8 
 7. Burnette, Osnab.4.4 
 8. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.4 
 9. Larsen, Dragons4.3 
 10. Lowery, Braves4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel3.2 
 2. Gause, Freiburg2.9 
 3. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau2.3 
 4. Brooks, Kirchheim2.1 
 5. Johnson, Chemnitz2.1 
 6. Zazai, Chemnitz2.0 
 7. Burns, Webmoebel1.9 
 8. Gray, Crailsheim1.8 
 9. Shaw, Chemnitz1.7 
 10. Scott, Kirchheim1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Smallwood, Kirchheim2.3 
 2. Schoo, Heidelberg2.0 
 3. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.1.9 
 4. Williams, Karlsruhe1.8 
 5. Shaw, Cuxhaven1.5 
 6. Yearby, Cuxhaven1.4 
 7. De Michael, Kirchheim1.2 
 8. Henry, Hannover1.2 
 9. Fleetwood, Osnab.1.2 
 10. Hill, Jena1.2 


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Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Rawle MARSHALL
  PAOK
  (201-G-82)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Marshall, PAOK17.2 
 2. Smith, Panellinios17.2 
 3. Palacio, Kavala16.7 
 4. Baxter, Ilysiakos16.4 
 5. Kalathis, VAP K.15.3 
 6. Grundy, AEK14.5 
 7. Thompson, Ikaros14.3 
 8. Kiritsis, Ilysiakos14.3 
 9. Tapoutos, Aris14.1 
 10. Francis, Panellinios14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Simmons, Kavala10.0 
 2. Thompson, Ikaros8.6 
 3. Kalathis, VAP K.8.4 
 4. Smith, Panellinios8.3 
 5. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.5 
 6. Tucker, Aris7.4 
 7. Dawson, Ilysiakos7.3 
 8. Bagaric, Marousi7.2 
 9. Looby, Peristeri GS7.2 
 10. Elonu, Panionios6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiakos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Spanoulis, Olympiakos5.8 
 2. Jordan, VAP K.5.7 
 3. Thompson, Ilysi.5.0 
 4. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.8 
 5. Everett, Iraklis4.4 
 6. Diamantidis, Panath.4.4 
 7. Karydas, Ilysiakos4.1 
 8. Xanthopoulos, Panell.4.1 
 9. Palacio, Kavala3.9 
 10. Papaloukas, Olymp.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Terrell EVERETT
  Cibona
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Everett, Iraklis2.4 
 2. Grundy, AEK1.9 
 3. Marshall, PAOK1.8 
 4. Baxter, Ilysiakos1.8 
 5. Kojadinovic, Marousi1.7 
 6. Papaloukas, Olymp.1.7 
 7. Karydas, Ilysiakos1.7 
 8. Xanthopoulos, Panell.1.7 
 9. Jamon Lukas, Olymp.1.6 
 10. Kalathis, VAP K.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Simmons, Kavala1.8 
 2. Bagaric, Marousi1.8 
 3. Elonu, Panionios1.7 
 4. Thompson, Ikaros1.2 
 5. Dunston, Aris0.9 
 6. Dozier, PAOK0.7 
 7. Harissis, VAP K.0.7 
 8. Looby, Peristeri GS0.7 
 9. Nesterovic, Olymp.0.7 
 10. Papadopoulos, PAOK0.6 


Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Andronikos GIZOGIANNIS
  AEK/Argous
  (200-F/C-83)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.17.9 
 2. Kaklamanos, Panele.17.3 
 3. Kakiouzis, Lavrio17.2 
 4. Koutroulias, Olimp.16.5 
 5. Totsios, Ikaroi S.16.3 
 6. Argyropoylos, Apollo.16.2 
 7. Vardavas, Amynta.16.1 
 8. Koupidis, Near East15.8 
 9. Michalos, Pagrati15.5 
 10. Giannakopoul., Lavrio15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Apostolos KOUTROULIAS
  Olimpiada
  (206-C-76)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Koutroulias, Olimp.8.8 
 2. Amato, Near East8.5 
 3. Pantelic, Apollo.8.3 
 4. Kartelo, AE.8.1 
 5. Macheras, Pagrati7.7 
 6. Latovic, AGOR7.7 
 7. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.7.4 
 8. Kosanovic, Koroivos7.3 
 9. Simeonidis, Ikaroi S.7.0 
 10. Jovanovic, KAOD6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Panelefsiniakos
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Nikou, Panelefs.5.4 
 2. Kaberidis, Ikaroi S.4.9 
 3. Zoupas, Amyntas .4.6 
 4. Katsares, KAOD4.5 
 5. Rallis, Ermis Lagkada4.2 
 6. Argyropoylos, Apollo.3.8 
 7. Kiriakopoulo., AGOR3.8 
 8. Apostolopoul., Koroi.3.5 
 9. Karvounis, Lavrio3.5 
 10. Makris, Olimpiada3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos MICHALOS
  Pagrati
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Michalos, Pagrati1.9 
 2. Giannakopoul., Lavrio1.9 
 3. Katsares, KAOD1.9 
 4. Makris, Olimpiada1.7 
 5. Pettas, Koroivos1.6 
 6. Zoupas, Amyntas .1.5 
 7. Vukantinov, KAOD1.4 
 8. Pappas, Near East1.3 
 9. Rodostoglou, Periko.1.3 
 10. Koumoulos, AGOR1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivan KARTELO
  AEK/Argous
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Kartelo, AE.2.2 
 2. Pantelic, Apollo.1.9 
 3. Jovanovic, KAOD1.6 
 4. Kasabalis, AE.1.1 
 5. Margaritis, KAOD0.9 
 6. Psathas, Apollon .0.9 
 7. Mprozos, Arkadikos0.9 
 8. Karavanas, Panery.0.7 
 9. Papachristos, Periko.0.7 
 10. Voiatopoulos, Ikaroi S.0.6 


Greek A1 round 19 best performance: Smush Parker - by Eurobasket News
American guard Smush Parker (193-G-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Iraklis, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 30 points and 11 rebounds, while his team edged out Kavala (#8, 9-10) 83-79. Iraklis maintains the 14th position in Greek A1. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 14 games and recorded just five victories. In the team's last game Parker had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He just recently signed at Iraklis, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Smush Parker averages this season 16.4ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old Belizean Milton Palacio (190-G-78) of Kavala. Palacio had a very good evening with 23 points and 7 assists. Bad luck as Kavala was edged by the lower-ranked Iraklis (#14, 5-14) 83-79. This loss caused Kavala to drop to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-10 record. Palacio is a newcomer at Kavala, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.7ppg (#3). He also recorded 3.9 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80) of Ilysiakos Athens (#13). Baxter scored 29 points. Despite Baxter's great performance Ilysiakos lost 77-82 to the higher-ranked Panionios (#5, 10-9). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Ilysiakos can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-14 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Baxter he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Baxter has individually a great season in Greece. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.4ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Justin Gray (188-G-84) of PAOK - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Rawle Marshall (201-G-82) of PAOK - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85) of Panathinaikos - 21 points and 3 rebounds
7. Kosta Charalampidis (189-G-76) of Aris - 24 points and 4 rebounds
8. Cedric Simmons (206-F/C-86) of Kavala - 12 points and 13 rebounds
9. Deon Thompson (203-F-88) of Ikaros - 14 points and 7 rebounds
10. Sotiris Karapostolou (194-G-80) of Kavala - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 7 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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Results Dutch Basketball League - by Sanders Jackson
This weekend in Dutch basketball, WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom got a signature win toppling defending Dutch champion GasTerra Flames Groningen, Eiffel Towers Den Bosch got back on the winning track with a win in Zwolle, while Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden and De Friesland Aris improved their playoff positions with home wins.

In the Martiniplaza, WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom stuck to the gameplan until the end, with it paying dividends, pulling off a stunner with an impressive 91-88 win over GasTerra Flames Groningen. It was a game in which the team of WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom head coach Wierd Goedee came in with an excellent gameplan, with Jesse Kimbrough setting the tone for the guests. The Flames had absolutely no answer for the dribble-drive abilities of Kimbrough, who willed his way to a game-high 31 pts., including 13 of 18 free throws. Kimbrough outshot the entire Gas Terra Flames eams from the free throw line. The Flames had attempted four different players on guarding Kimbrough, but to no avail. It was getting to the free throw line, scoring in transition and strong 2nd half defensive rebounding that kept the Giants in the game. The lead for the Flames never increased more than 8 pts. and the rebounding was an even 30-30. The Giants shot 33 total free throws as opposed to only 11 for the Flames. Matt Harysz did his best to lead the Flames in crunchtime (21 pts.), with a baseline jumper pushing the Flames' lead up to 84-80 with under two minutes remaining, but from then on the Giants would counter back, with a strong post move from Tim Blue and a Ties Theeuwkens three-point dagger with 53.9 seconds remaining the go ahead score. The final minute would be exciting, with an excellent trick inbounds play from the Giants on a slip screen from Brandon Griffin (202-F-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: SE Missouri St.) pushing the Giants' lead to 87-84. On the ensuing play Robby Bostain would score on a three-point attempt, but was ruled that his foot was on the line. The Flames would have no choice but to foul Kimbrough, who would ice the game with two free throws. Blue also added 19 pts. with Bostain adding 19. The Giants continue to grow and inch closer to the top half of the Dutch standings.

In the Sportcenter Eiffel Towers Den Bosch bounched back from a devastating Thursday road loss to Gas Terra Flames to win 85-74 over Landstede. It was close in crunch time but a 13-4 run the last two minutes made the difference in the end. Julian Mills led Eiffel with 19 pts., Rogier Jansen added 17 and Frank Turner with 15. Matt Mullery led all scorers with 25 pts. Eiffel improves to 21-8.

In the Vijfmeihal Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden broke loss in the last quarter thanks to the play of guard Worthy de Jong, who helped spark ZZ to a 90-81 win. De Jong would score 8 straight pts., including a crowd pleasing dunk to help break a 57-57 tie and push the league to a 77-64 difference. De Jong led five players in double figures with 21 pts., including 3 three-
pointers. ZZ got some bad news when recent signee Patrick Hilliman (206-F/C-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: High Point) injured his wrist in an inadvertent collision with teammate Ross Bekkering. X-rays were negative. Trey McDowell led all scorers with 23 pts. Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden remains in 2nd place in the standings.

In Leeuwarden, with two teams possibly facing each other in the upcoming playoffs, De Friesland Aris kept pace in the playoff race with a 78-71 win over Magixx KidsRights Nijmegen. The last time these two teams met, Magixx guard Brian Laing scored an eredivisie-high 41 pts. in the 100-95 Magixx home win in January, and in Leeuwarden on November 13th, Aris blew a 20-point lead and were outscored 31-10 in the last quarter en route to a disappointing 89-83 home loss. This time there would be no comebacks or point explosions for Magixx, as PG John Willams' three-point dagger gave Aris a 76-71 lead with 36 seconds remaining, with Calvin Chitwood slamming the door shut with two free throws. Manny Adako led Aris with 16 pts. De Friesland Aris maintain 5th place with a 14-15 record.



Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Dehoppers 17-2 
 2. Binnenland 16-3 
 3. Hoofddorp 14-7 
 4. Groene 13-6 
 5. Leiden 2 12-6 
 6. Red Giants 12-7 
 7. Cangeroes 12-8 
 8. Goba 11-9 
 9. Almonte 9-11 
 10. Akrides 7-13 
 11. Amsterdam 2 6-15 
 12. Punch 5-15 
 13. Black Eagles 2-18 
 14. Wildcats 2-18 


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A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Robert JARVIS
  Soproni
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 25
 1. Jarvis, Salgotarjani25.0 
 2. Doyne, Falco-Szova23.5 
 3. Bell, Kormend21.5 
 4. El-Amin, PVSK P.21.0 
 5. Marshall, Marso-Va.20.8 
 6. Townes, Soproni20.1 
 7. Wilson, Kaposvari19.7 
 8. Sales, Atomeromu19.0 
 9. Rubin, Szedeak18.9 
 10. Brooks, Soproni18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Soproni
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Townes, Soproni11.7 
 2. Sales, Atomeromu11.5 
 3. Egemonye, PVSK P.9.4 
 4. Jones, Albacomp9.4 
 5. Werner, Kaposvari9.1 
 6. Gosa, Falco-Szova8.9 
 7. Bader, Szolnok8.8 
 8. Bell, Kormend8.7 
 9. Szabo, Soproni8.5 
 10. Mekongo, FS Debre.8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  Khimik
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Williams, ZTE K.7.3 
 2. Savic, Marso-Vagep6.5 
 3. Kelley, Soproni6.4 
 4. Trotter, Szolnok6.2 
 5. Kalman, Falco-Sz.6.1 
 6. Simon, Albacomp6.0 
 7. Moore, Kormend5.4 
 8. Glavinic, PVSK P.5.0 
 9. LaGrange, Kecsk.4.3 
 10. Singletary, FS Debre.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Brane SAVIC
  Marso-Vagep
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Savic, Marso-Vagep3.7 
 2. Hanga, Albacomp3.0 
 3. Marshall, Marso-Va.2.9 
 4. Trotter, Szolnok2.6 
 5. Williams, ZTE K.2.5 
 6. Czigler, Marso-Va.2.5 
 7. Singletary, FS Debre.2.4 
 8. Werner, Kaposvari2.3 
 9. Townes, Soproni2.3 
 10. Kaman, ZTE K.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivory CLARK
  Szolnok
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Clark, Szolnok2.5 
 2. Townes, Soproni2.1 
 3. McKenzie, Szedeak1.4 
 4. Egemonye, PVSK P.1.2 
 5. Czigler, Marso-Va.1.1 
 6. Keller, Albacomp1.0 
 7. Aliakseyeu, Falco-Sz.1.0 
 8. Langford, FS Debre.0.9 
 9. Orsulic, Kecskemeti0.9 
 10. Davis, Kormend0.8 


A Division Round 21: Falco-Szova beats Soproni in overtime - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in A Division is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 5 rounds. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with few extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

Falco-Szova (11-10) survived in overtime against Soproni (11-10) by three points 81-78 on Saturday night. The game took place in Sopron. But the guests from Szombathely were better at the end. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Soproni. The best player for the winners was American swingman Jara Doyne (193-84, college: Mississippi) who scored 39 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds. Belarusian center Mikalai Aliakseyeu (212-78, college: Buffalo) chipped in 17 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Darian Townes (208-84) who recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds. Falco-Szova have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated Soproni. Falco-Szova is looking forward to face higher ranked ZTE KK (#6) in Zalaegerszeg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Soproni will play on the road against the league's leader Szolnok where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Kormend (14-7) against ninth ranked PVSK Pannon (9-11) on Saturday night. Visiting Kormend was defeated by PVSK Pannon in Pecs 88-76. It was a good game for American swingman Muhammad El-Amin (196-87, college: Stony Brook) who led his team to a victory with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Benson Egemonye contributed with 16 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. PVSK Pannon's coach Srecko Sekulovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) answered with 30 points and 8 rebounds for Kormend. PVSK Pannon maintains ninth place with 9-11 record. Kormend at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. PVSK Pannon will play against FS Debrecen (#13) on the road in the next round. Kormend will play against Kaposvari (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Leader Szolnok delivered the eighteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 10th ranked Marso-Vagep (8-13) 86-70 in Nyiregyhaza. Marton Bader stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Szolnok's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Curtis Marshall with 24 points and 9 rebounds. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Szolnok. They maintain first place with 18-3 record, which they share with Albacomp. Marso-Vagep lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Szedeak. Szolnok will meet at home Soproni (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Marso-Vagep will play against Atomeromu in Paks and hope to secure a win.
Thirteenth-ranked FS Debrecen (1-20) made lots of trouble for eleventh ranked Szedeak (8-13) in Szeged. Szedeak managed to secure only four-point victory 101-97. However their fans expected easier game. Janou Rubin nailed 12 points, 9 assists and 4 steals for the winning side. FS Debrecen's coach Mika Turunen rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Szedeak moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Marso-Vagep. FS Debrecen lost their seventeenth game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with 20 games lost. Szedeak's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Salgotarjani (#14) at home. FS Debrecen will play against PVSK Pannon in Pecs.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Kaposvar. Local Kaposvari (6-15) was outscored by second ranked Albacomp (18-3) 94-71 on Saturday night. The best player for the winners was Jonathan Jones who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Albacomp. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Szolnok. Kaposvari lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the twelfth place with 15 games lost. Albacomp will face Kecskemeti (#5) at home in the next round. Kaposvari will play against Kormend (#4).

In the last two games of round 21 Atomeromu defeated Salgotarjani in Paks 81-76. ZTE KK was beaten by Kecskemeti at home 75-86.
The best stats of 21th round was 28 points and 11 rebounds by Yves Mekongo of FS Debrecen.



Salgotarjani - Atomeromu 76-81

There was no surprise when 14th ranked Salgotarjani (1-20) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Atomeromu (15-6) 81-76 on Saturday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-10. But Salgotarjani won second period 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American power forward Brooks Sales (208-80, college: Villanova) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. The former international center Gergely Koertelyesi (203-83, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Four Atomeromu players scored in double figures. Atomeromu's coach Imre Horvath used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Nigerian power forward Ezenwa Ukeagu (203-81, college: Washington St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and guard Tamas Kocsis (190-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) added 22 points respectively. Atomeromu moved-up to third place. Salgotarjani lost their third game in a row. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. Atomeromu will face Marso-Vagep (#11) in Nyiregyhaza in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Salgotarjani will play on the road against Szedeak in Szeged.
Top scorers:
Salgotarjani: T.Kocsis 22+3reb+1ast, E.Ukeagu 16+12reb, C.Rodgers 13+4reb+6ast, D.Mays 8+6reb+2ast, T.Sebok 7+3reb+1ast, T.Hartvich 6+6reb
Atomeromu: B.Winters 16+3reb+1ast, B.Sales 16+13reb+3ast, J.Pavlik 12+3ast, G.Koertelyesi 10+10reb+2ast, J.Hodges 8+2reb, D.Vojvoda 8+1ast
gschID: 109628


ZTE KK - Kecskemeti 75-86

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Zalaegerszeg where sixth ranked Kecskemeti (13-7) defeated 5th ranked ZTE KK (13-8) 86-75 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 11 points. Kecskemeti outrebounded ZTE KK 34-20 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Krisztian Wittmann (185-85, agency: FCM) who scored 17 points. American guard Jerome LaGrange (192-78, college: Livingstone) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was international power forward Adam Toth (208-89, agency: FCM) who recorded 19 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and swingman David Gaspar (193-82) added 12 points and 7 assists respectively. Four ZTE KK players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Kecskemeti. They moved-up to fifth place. Defending champion ZTE KK dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Kecskemeti will face league's second-placed Albacomp in Szekesfehervar in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ZTE KK will play on the road against Falco-Szova (#7) in Szombathely and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ZTE KK: A.Toth 19+4reb+1ast, G.Baki 16+2reb+2ast, T.Kaman 12+5reb, D.Gaspar 12+2reb+7ast, B.Delity 9+2reb, A.Vertetics 5+5reb+5ast
Kecskemeti: I.Siriscevic 19+3reb, K.Wittmann 17+4reb+3ast, J.LaGrange 16+2reb+4ast, P.Lakatos 10+4reb, H.Orsulic 8+7reb+2ast, G.Denes 8+5reb+3ast
gschID: 109629


Szedeak - FS Debrecen 101-97 OT

Thirteenth-ranked FS Debrecen (1-20) made lots of trouble for eleventh ranked Szedeak (8-13) in Szeged. Szedeak managed to secure only four-point victory 101-97. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 33-20. But FS Debrecen won second period 23-22. 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 FS Debrecen used huge pressure winning it 24-16 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 6-10. Szedeak made 30-of-38 charity shots (78.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 FS Debrecen turnovers. 30 personal fouls committed by FS Debrecen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Janou Rubin (193-82, college: UCLA) nailed 12 points, 9 assists and 4 steals for the winning side and forward Istvan Nyilas (202-76) accounted for 21 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Five Szedeak players scored in double figures. Cameroonian forward Yves Mekongo (201-87, college: La Salle) came up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds and American power forward Kevin Langford (204-85, college: TCU) added 12 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for FS Debrecen in the defeat. FS Debrecen's coach Mika Turunen rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Szedeak moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Marso-Vagep. FS Debrecen lost their seventeenth game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with 20 games lost. Szedeak's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Salgotarjani (#14) at home. FS Debrecen will play against PVSK Pannon in Pecs.
Top scorers:
FS Debrecen: Y.Mekongo 28+11reb+1ast, C.Singletary 17+3reb+4ast, K.C. 12, K.Langford 12+12reb+4ast, A.Balogh 9+2reb+1ast, G.Boros 9+5reb+6ast
Szedeak: I.Nyilas 21+4reb, N.Dukic 20+4reb+1ast, G.Drahos 15+2reb+3ast, J.Rubin 12+4reb+9ast, B.McKenzie 12+13reb, A.Tanacs 10+3reb
gschID: 122465


Soproni - Falco-Szova 78-81 OT

Falco-Szova (11-10) survived in overtime against Soproni (11-10) by three points 81-78 on Saturday night. The game took place in Sopron. But the guests from Szombathely were better at the end. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Soproni. The best player for the winners was American swingman Jara Doyne (193-84, college: Mississippi) who scored 39 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds. Belarusian center Mikalai Aliakseyeu (212-78, college: Buffalo) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Darian Townes (208-84) who recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds and international forward Zsolt Szabo (202-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) added 10 points and 18 rebounds respectively. Four Soproni players scored in double figures. Falco-Szova have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated Soproni. Falco-Szova is looking forward to face higher ranked ZTE KK (#6) in Zalaegerszeg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Soproni will play on the road against the league's leader Szolnok where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Soproni: D.Townes 29+11reb, T.Kelley 20+4reb+3ast, R.Jarvis 11+2reb+1ast, Z.Szabo 10+18reb+2ast, A.Molnar 5+2reb, R.Keresztes 3
Falco-Szova: J.Doyne 39+9reb+2ast, M.Aliakseyeu 17+12reb+3ast, L.Simon 10+1reb+2ast, T.Will 4+6reb+2ast, M.Szanati 4, C.Borszeki 3+2reb
gschID: 109624


Kaposvari - Albacomp 71-94

The game with biggest result difference took place in Kaposvar. Local Kaposvari (6-15) was outscored by second ranked Albacomp (18-3) 94-71 on Saturday night. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-71. Albacomp dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Kaposvari's 36. Albacomp forced 20 Kaposvari turnovers. The best player for the winners was American center Jonathan Jones (211-79) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. International guard Adam Hanga (201-89, agency: FCM) chipped in 22 points and 4 steals. Five Albacomp players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was international swingman Gabor Soos (200-85) who recorded 24 points and American center Kurt Cunningham (206-87, college: Boise St.) added 18 points and 6 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Albacomp. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Szolnok. Kaposvari lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the twelfth place with 15 games lost. Albacomp will face Kecskemeti (#5) at home in the next round. Kaposvari will play against Kormend (#4).
Top scorers:
Kaposvari: G.Soos 24+1reb, K.Cunningham 18+6reb+1ast, J.Wilson 16+6reb+3ast, G.Kutasi 7+2reb+2ast, D.Werner 6+8reb+4ast, M.Medve 0+2reb+1ast
Albacomp: J.Jones 25+11reb+1ast, A.Hanga 22+4reb+1ast, D.Hollis 17+5reb, B.Simon 13+4reb+1ast, T.Crocker 11+4reb+3ast, D.Kertesz 2+1ast
gschID: 109625


Marso-Vagep - Szolnok 70-86

Leader Szolnok delivered the eighteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 10th ranked Marso-Vagep (8-13) 86-70 in Nyiregyhaza. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-70. The former international center Marton Bader (212-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and the former international swingman Akos Horvath (194-81) chipped in 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Szolnok's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American swingman Curtis Marshall (196-83, college: Texas Tech, agency: R.H.Consultancy) with 24 points and 9 rebounds and Slovenian guard Brane Savic (181-79) scored 20 points and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Szolnok. They maintain first place with 18-3 record, which they share with Albacomp. Marso-Vagep lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Szedeak. Szolnok will meet at home Soproni (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Marso-Vagep will play against Atomeromu in Paks and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Marso-Vagep: C.Marshall 24+9reb, B.Savic 20+2reb+6ast, D.Djogo 13+7reb+1ast, L.Czigler 11+3reb, M.Mohacsi 2+5reb, M.Varga 0
Szolnok: M.Bader 20+13reb, A.Horvath 20+6reb+4ast, O.Trotter 16+4reb+8ast, M.Fodor 16+1reb+1ast, Z.Trepak 4, I.Clark 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 109626


PVSK Pannon - Kormend 88-76

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Kormend (14-7) against ninth ranked PVSK Pannon (9-11) on Saturday night. Visiting Kormend was defeated by PVSK Pannon in Pecs 88-76. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. PVSK Pannon made 23-of-29 charity shots (79.3 percent) during the game. PVSK Pannon outrebounded Kormend 42-27 including a 32-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American swingman Muhammad El-Amin (196-87, college: Stony Brook) who led his team to a victory with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Nigerian center Benson Egemonye (208-83, college: Niagara) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. Four PVSK Pannon players scored in double figures. PVSK Pannon's coach Srecko Sekulovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) answered with 30 points and 8 rebounds and forward Gergely David (206-83) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Kormend. PVSK Pannon maintains ninth place with 9-11 record. Kormend at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. PVSK Pannon will play against FS Debrecen (#13) on the road in the next round. Kormend will play against Kaposvari (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kormend: R.Bell 30+8reb+1ast, G.David 14+5reb, M.Moore 14+2reb+1ast, E.Dies 7+1reb, R.Trummer 6+2reb, C.Ferencz 3+2reb+1ast
PVSK Pannon: M.El-Amin 29+7reb+4ast, B.Egemonye 16+17reb, A.Deak 14, J.Glavinic 12+6reb+2ast, N.Toth 5+5reb+1ast, K.Kiss 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 109627




Marso-Vagep brings in Djordje Djogo - by Eurobasket News
Djordje Djogo (206-F/C-76, agency: BeoExcell) is a new member of Marso-Vagep. The Bosnian power forward/center signed a deal for rest of the season. Experienced Djogo already played in Hungary and it was in 2005/06. At that time he was a member of Aromeromu SE Paks. For 37 games Djogo had 9.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 1.5 apg.
Djordje Djogo started this season with Novi Sad Panonska Banka. He appeared 15 times in Serbian league averaging 4.4 points and 2.3 rebounds. Last season he spent in Greece with VAP Kolossos Rhodes. For 10 games in Greek league Djogo had 1.5 pg and 1.4 rpg. In the past, he also played for Igokea, Al Kuwait, Lions Vrsac and Telekom Bon. From 1999 to 2004, Djogo played for Hemofarm Vrsac.


Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. Szolnok 18-3 
 2. Albacomp 18-3 
 3. Atomeromu 15-6 
 4. Kormend 14-7 
 5. Kecskemeti 13-7 
 6. ZTE KK 13-8 
 7. Falco-Szova 11-10 
 8. Soproni 11-10 
 9. PVSK Pannon 9-11 
 10. Szedeak 8-13 
 11. Marso-Vagep 8-13 
 12. Kaposvari 6-15 
 13. FS Debrecen 1-20 
 14. Salgotarjani 1-20 


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Bellingham Slams Tyler Amaya signs contract to play in Syria - by Trask Frost
BELLINGHAM, Wash. Forward Tyler Amaya, who has played with the Bellingham Slam for parts of the previous three seasons, has signed a contract to play professionally in Syria, the team announced today.

Amaya will be departing Tuesday to head to Syria and join the Meharda basketball club, which plays in the top division of the Syrian Basketball Federation. Amaya will be relied upon to improve the fortunes of a team that has stumbled to a 1-17 record through the first part of the season. The second half of the season will be vitally important to Amaya and his new Meharda teammates, as the bottom four teams in the league play in a relegation tournament at the end of the season, with the losing team facing removal from the league.

Amaya, 28, joined the Slam late in the 2010 season after playing for the Otago Nuggets in New Zealand last spring. His last full season in Bellingham was in 2009, when he was the teams leading scorer and rebounder, with averages of 23.6 points and 11.1 boards per game.

Amaya originally joined the Slam in 2008 and helped guide the team to the International Basketball League championship that season. He was named co-MVP of the title game after posting 20 points and 13 rebounds against the Elkhart Express. Amaya has also played overseas in Germany, the Netherlands and China. In college, he played two years at Western Washington, helping the Vikings to NCAA West Regional Tournament appearances both seasons, after spending one year each at Dixie State and Gonzaga.

Amaya is set to return to Bellingham in mid-April, making it likely that he would be available to join the Slam for their 2011 International Basketball League season.

For more information, contact the Slam at (360) 734-SLAM or visit their website at www.bellinghamslam.com.




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Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Thomas SANDERS
  Keflavik
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Sanders, Keflavik24.8 
 2. Inge, Haukar23.2 
 3. Trifunovic, Keflavik23.0 
 4. Springer, Fjolnir22.7 
 5. Bartolotta, IR22.3 
 6. Walker, KR22.2 
 7. Biedler, IR21.1 
 8. Dabney, Hamar21.1 
 9. Smith, Njardvik20.9 
 10. Amoroso, Snaefell20.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Haukar
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Robinson, Haukar13.7 
 2. Biedler, IR12.3 
 3. Ermolinskij, KR11.2 
 4. Pettinella, Grindavik11.2 
 5. Trifunovic, Keflavik10.3 
 6. Springer, Fjolnir10.0 
 7. Stywall, Fjolnir9.8 
 8. Fain, Tindastoll9.8 
 9. Amoroso, Snaefell9.7 
 10. Jonsson, Snaefell9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Aegir STEINARSSON
  Fjolnir
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Steinarsson, Fjolnir8.6 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR8.1 
 3. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.7.4 
 4. Burton, Snaefell6.8 
 5. Haraldsson, Haukar5.6 
 6. Shouse, Stjarnan5.4 
 7. Inge, Haukar5.2 
 8. Schoen, KFI5.2 
 9. Cunningham, Tinda.5.1 
 10. Arnarson, Hamar4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Hayward FAIN
  Tindastoll
  (196-F-)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Fain, Tindastoll3.2 
 2. Inge, Haukar3.2 
 3. Schoen, KFI3.1 
 4. Dabney, Hamar2.9 
 5. Biedler, IR2.7 
 6. Kitanovic, Tindastoll2.7 
 7. Milicevic, KFI2.6 
 8. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.2.6 
 9. Viggosson, Tindastoll2.3 
 10. Ermolinskij, KR2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher SMITH
  Njardvik
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Smith, Njardvik3.2 
 2. Nathanaelsso., Ham.2.7 
 3. Biedler, IR1.9 
 4. Fain, Tindastoll1.8 
 5. Thorsteinsso., Kefla.1.5 
 6. Savarsson, Grind.1.5 
 7. Inge, Haukar1.5 
 8. Pettinella, Grindavik1.5 
 9. Lindmets, Stjarnan1.4 
 10. Magnusson, KR1.3 


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NBL Gearing Up for Inaugural Championship Series - by Andrew Lowman
We are now one week away from the start of the inaugural NBL Championship Series. The Series will feature a single elimination format over the course of the week. All the games will be held at the DBL Arena in Surabaya. The tournament will follow the typical 1-8, 2-7, 3-6, 4-5 matchups.

By far the most compelling game of the first round will be the 4-5 match-up between CLS and Garuda. The teams had opposite fortunes this season as CLS started off hot with a 9-2 record after Series II but finished 19-8 overall. While Garuda finished the season with a record of 17-10 they came out victorious over CLS in their last two meetings. The 3-6 match-up of Dell ASPAC and Stadium Jakarta could also prove interesting as Stadium has showed an ability to beat the top teams at times this season. It will all depend on whether or not Stadium can rise to a new level of consistency and intensity for the playoffs.

In the end it should be a great week of basketball.





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  IRELAND   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Clayton LONGMIRE
  Belfast Star
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 28.1
 1. Longmire, Belfast .28.1 
 2. Bonaparte, Neptune27.4 
 3. Foley, Ulster Elks24.3 
 4. Van, UCC Demons23.5 
 5. Turner, Killester23.4 
 6. Mitchell, UL Ea.22.9 
 7. De La Cruz, Ulster E.22.9 
 8. Crowder, UCD M.21.8 
 9. Ambler, Moycullen20.8 
 10. Crean, DCU Saints16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  UCC Demons
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Van, UCC Demons14.7 
 2. Mitchell, UL Ea.14.0 
 3. Ambler, Moycullen13.1 
 4. De La Cruz, Ulster E.12.4 
 5. Crean, DCU Saints11.0 
 6. Turner, Killester10.9 
 7. Provizors, DCU S.10.4 
 8. Crowder, UCD M.10.1 
 9. Bonaparte, Neptune9.8 
 10. Longmire, Belfast .9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UL Eagles
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Kinevane, UL Eagles7.6 
 2. Donnelly, DCU S.6.1 
 3. Meany, UCD Marian4.9 
 4. Drumm, Ulster Elks4.8 
 5. Noonan, Neptune4.2 
 6. Westbrooks, Killester3.4 
 7. Turner, Killester3.3 
 8. Clarke, Killester3.3 
 9. Crowder, UCD M.3.3 
 10. Foley, Ulster Elks3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick CREAN
  DCU Saints
  (193-F-)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Crean, DCU Saints3.5 
 2. McGinn, Neptune3.3 
 3. Noonan, Neptune2.8 
 4. Turner, Killester2.4 
 5. Donnelly, DCU S.2.4 
 6. Crowder, UCD M.2.2 
 7. Westbrooks, Killester2.2 
 8. Kelly, Killester2.1 
 9. Drumm, Ulster Elks2.1 
 10. Lacey, DCU Saints2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  UCC Demons
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Van, UCC Demons2.4 
 2. Baynes, UCD Marian2.3 
 3. Bonaparte, Neptune2.3 
 4. Trimmer, DCU S.2.0 
 5. Turner, Killester2.0 
 6. Longmire, Belfast .1.8 
 7. De La Cruz, Ulster E.1.8 
 8. Ambler, Moycullen0.9 
 9. Kamara, Neptune0.9 
 10. Crowder, UCD M.0.9 


Standings - EBS Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
North Conference
 1. Killester 15-3 
 2. DCU Saints 11-7 
 3. Belfast Star 8-10 
 4. UCD Marian 8-11 
 5. Ulster Elks 3-15 
South Conference
 1. UL Eagles 13-4 
 2. UCC Demons 11-6 
 3. Neptune 10-7 
 4. Moycullen 1-17 


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  ISRAEL   


Maccabi Ashdod tab Oliver Lafayette - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Ashdod have agreed on terms of contract with Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston). The 26-year-old guard started the season with Partizan in Serbia. He tallied 8.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game in Euroleague. In Adriatic League Oliver Lafayette delivered 10.2 points, 4.2 assists and 4.0 boards per appearance. In December the guard moved to D-League. He joined the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. His stats read 16.4 points, 4.2 boards and 3.6 assists per appearance. Oliver Lafayette agreed on terms of contract with Besiktas in February but did not pass medical tests. Maccabi Ashdod in the meantime released Dalron Johnson (206-F-81, college: UNLV). The team will also have to do without Ramel Bradley (188-G-85) who is expected to be sidelined with a knee injury for at least 6-8 weeks.


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  ITALY   


Ryan Toolson joins Sutor Montegranaro - by Eurobasket News
Sutor Montegranaro brought in Ryan Toolson (193-G-85, college: Utah Valley St.) for rest of the season. The American guard started it with Benetton Treviso, where he averaged 9.5 points and 1.9 rebounds for 15 games in SerieA. Toolson also appeared 13 times in EuroCup adding 6.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg and 1.1 apg.
Ryan Toolson spent last season in Turkey with Pinar Karsiyaka. He was their best player with 16.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 2.2 apg for 33 games and was awarded with participation at the TBL All-Star Game. It was the first professional season for Toolson, who graduated at the Utah Valley State University in 2009. He had 23.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 3.1 apg for them as a senior. Almost the same numbers Toolson had in his school as a junior. In 2008, he was named All-Independent Player of the Year.
Sutor Montegranaro currently has 9-11 record in SerieA.


Troy Bell expected in Trenkwalder - by Eurobasket News
Trenkwalder can strengthen their roster in the upcoming hours. They are close to landing Troy Bell (186-G-80, college: Boston Coll.). The 30-year-old guard started the season in France. Troy Bell tallied 15.0 points, 3.5 boards and 3.0 assists per game in EuroCup with Orleans. In EuroChallenge the guard notched 11.6 points, 3.6 boards and 1.4 assists. In French ProA his stats read 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists per appearance. Three last seasons Troy Bell spent in Italy. He played for Biella and Vanoli Cremona. Last season the guard averaged 14.8 points, 4.6 boards, 1.9 steals and 1.8 assists for Vanoli Cremona. Troy Bell was named Eurobasket.com All-Italian LegaDue Guard of the Year in 2009.



Best players of Italian SerieA round 20 - by Eurobasket News
American Omar Thomas (197-F-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for Air Avellino and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 28-year old forward had the game-high 30 points adding nine rebounds for Air AV in his team's victory, helping them to beat Fabi Shoes (#9, 9-11) 83-75. Air AV maintains the 5th position in Italian SerieA. Air AV 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. Thomas turned to be Air AV's top player in his first season with the team. The Univ.of Texas at El Paso graduate has very impressive stats this year. Thomas is in league's top in points (3rd best: 16.9ppg) and averages solid 2.7spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old Montenegrin power forward Blagota Sekulic (208-F/C-82, agency: FCM) of Vanoli Cremona. Sekulic impressed basketball fans with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Of course he lead Vanoli CR to another comfortable win 87-72 over slightly lower-ranked Angelico BI (#12, 8-12) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Vanoli CR managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 11th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-11 record. Sekulic is a newcomer at Vanoli CR and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another Vanoli Cremona's star - American Earl Rowland (188-G-83). Rowland scored 17 points and passed five assists. He was another key player of Vanoli CR, helping his team with a 87-72 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Angelico BI (#12, 8-12). The chances of Vanoli CR 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, Rowland could help Vanoli CR to bring them higher in the standings. Rowland has a great season in Italy. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.3ppg (7th best) and assists with 4.0apg (6th best). He also has 3.0spg and FGP: 58.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sharrod Ford (206-F/C-82) of Fabi Shoes - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Yakhouba Diawara (200-F-82) of Enel Brindisi - 24 points and 2 assists
6. Herve Toure (202-F-82) of Enel Brindisi - 20 points and 8 rebounds
7. Marques Green (170-G-82) of Air AV - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Greg Brunner (201-F-83) of Benetton TV - 14 points and 6 rebounds
9. Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86) of CS Bologna - 16 points and 14 rebounds
10. Anthony Roberson (188-G-83) of Enel Brindisi - 19 points and 7 rebounds

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


Best players of Italian A dilettanti round 24 - by Eurobasket News
Naturalized Argentinian Bernardo Musso (193-G-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Perugia and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com A dilettanti Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 24-year old guard had the game-high 33 points adding three rebounds and three assists for Perugia in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Comsum.it SI (#10, 10-13) 78-74. It allowed Perugia to consolidate first place in the Argentinian A dilettanti. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Perugia has a very solid 18-6 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Musso had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be Perugia's top player in his first season with the team. Musso has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (6th best: 16.2ppg) and averages solid 2.4spg and 62.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old guard Francesco Guarino (182-G-79) of league's best team Trapani. Guarino impressed basketball fans with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course Trapani cruised to a 81-71 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Potenza (#8, 12-12). Of course Trapani still keep group B's top spot. His team has currently 18-6 record. Guarino is a newcomer at Trapani 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 Andrea Benevelli (202-F-85) of Trento (#4). Benevelli got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds . He was a key player of Trento, leading his team to a 102-80 easy win against the lower-ranked Ozzano (#15, 7-17). Trento needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in group A. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 8 lost games. Benevelli has a great season in Italy. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.5ppg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Giovanni Rugolo (196-G/F-81) of Molfetta - 33 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Augustin Fabi (199-G/F-91) of Patti - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Riccardo Casagrande (196-F-88) of Comsum.it SI - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Nelson Rizzitiello (198-G/F-84) of Piacenza - 25 points and 5 rebounds
8. Tommaso Marino (190-G-86) of Treviglio - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Giacomo Sanguinetti (180-G-90) of Ozzano - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Marco Giuri (192-G-88) of Potenza - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists

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


A Dilettanti, Round 24 - by Armando Caporaso
Group A

In the Round 24 Perugia wins at Siena for 78-74, gets the victory number 18 and confirms the first place. Very balanced game, Bernardo Musso (193-G-86) led the Liomatic with 33 points, 12/15 at shoot and 3 assist (39 of ranking) helped by the 16 points of Giovanni Carenza (202-F-88, college: St.Anselm) that catches 5 rebounds. For the others there are 10 points of Giacomo Chiatti (178-G-86) and 8 points with 4 rebounds for Marco Pazzi (203-C-79). For Siena defeat number 13, 20 points for Riccardo Casagrande (196-F-88) with 7 rebounds and 5 steals, 14 points of Marco Portannese (192-G-89, agency: Players Group), 12 points for Stefano Rabaglietti (190-G-83) and 8 points for Gianluca Tomasiello (188-G-80) and Davide Bozzetto (207-C-89) respectively with 4 assist and 6 rebounds. Trento exceeds Ozzano (102-80) without problems and remains at the third place with 32 points. For the visitors, never in the game since the first quarter, seventeenth defeat and second lowest place in solitary, not enough the performances of Giacomo Sanguinetti (180-G-90) that closes with 25 points (10/15) and 5 assist and of Matteo Negri (194-G-91) with 20 points and 6 rebounds. For the others 9 points of Jean Carlos Canelo (188-G-89) and 8 points for Michele Vitali (195-G-91) and Luca Fontecchio (202-F-91). For the hosts Andrea Benevelli (202-F-85) is the MVP with 30 points, 12/16 by 2, 8 rebounds and 3 steals, 21 points for Luca Conte (193-G-80), 12 points and 5 assist for the newest Andres Forray (188-G-86), 10 points of Simone Fiorito (200-F/G-91) and good job for Luca Gandini (205-F-85, agency: Interperformances) with only 6 points but with 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 4 assist. Osimo loses against (only 2 wins in 24 games and relegation already official), 55-68 against Piacenza that remains at the second place with 17-7. For the winners 25 points for Nelson Rizzitiello (198-G/F-84), starting by bench, with 8/15 at shoot and 7 steals, 19 points and 7 assist for Marco Passera (180-G-82) with 4 steals but a bad 1/8 by 3 and 9 points for Riccardo Perego (203-F/C-81) that adds 10 rebounds. For the Edilcost, that collapses in the last quarter (8-16), 15 points and 8 rebounds of Enrico Gaeta (201-F/G-75), 10 points for Damiano Verri (206-C-85) with 8 rebounds and 4 steals, 5 points and 7 assist for Fabio Bastoni (188-G/F-88) and 14 points for Gianluca Ghedini (193-G-82) with 7 steals but 10 turnovers. The other matches:

Paffoni Omegna - Zerouno Moncalieri 74-63 (M.Carra 22 pts, E.Rossi-D.Parente 8 reb & 3 stl, F.Marcante 5 ass, C.Masper 19 pts)
P.Mitchell Pavia - Centrale Brescia 58-66 (D.Scodavolpe 22 pts, M.Ghersetti 11 reb, L.Gergati 4 ass & 5 stl, D.Cristelli 5 stl, M.Rezzano 10 reb)
Cartiere Riva - Goldengas Senigallia 79-73 (A.Garofalo 19 pts & 8 reb & 5 stl, G.Pastori 5 ass, M.Bastoni 4 ass & 4 stl)
SBS Castelletto - Co.Mark Treviglio 71-75 (T.Marino 23 pts & 4 stl, A.De Nicolao 8 reb & 5 ass, D.Reati 5 ass & 4 stl)
La Fortezza Recanati - Aps Trieste 77-63 (D.Parente 17 pts & 6 stl, A.Pierini-R.Fossati 8 reb, M.Ruzzier 5 ass, E.Benin 16 pts)

Group B

Trapani wins on the court of Potenza for 81-71 and remains alone on top of the standing with 18-6. For the leaders 20 points of Marco Evangelisti (198-G-84) but the MVP is Francesco Guarino (182-G-79) with 19 points, 8 rebounds, 6 steals and 6 assist! From the bench 12 points for Luca Bisconti (206-F/C-82) and 10 points of Ariel Svoboda (192-G-85, agency: Players Group). For the Publisys defeat number 12 (like the wins), not enough the good game of Marco Giuri (192-G-88) with 21 points, 6 assist and 8 fouls suffered. For the others 12 points, 4 steals and 3 assist for Santiago Paparella (189-G-80, agency: Players Group), 9 points for Stefano Scrocco (200-G/F-77, agency: Players Group) and Albano Chiarastella (196-F-85) that adds 6 rebounds and 8 points for Vincenzo Di Viccaro (191-G-84). False step for Ruvo that loses against Massafra (72-81 on their field) and loses also the first place. Decisive the first 10 minutes for the visitors (10-25) that close with the result of 65-43 after 3 quarters. Ivan Scarponi (196-G-86) is the top scorer for the Cisa with 26 points in 31 minutes with 10/17 at shoot, 19 points and 7 fouls suffered for Maurizio Cucinelli (196-F-79), 12 points and 3 steals for Andrea Cigliani (192-G-88) and double-double for Francesco Quaglia (207-F/C-88) with 12 points and 10 rebounds. For the hosts 16 points of the ex Pistoia Riccardo Marzoli (190-G-89) and 14 points for 3 players: Simone Bonfiglio (181-G-88) with 5 steals and 4 assist, Andrea Zerini (201-F-88, agency: Interperformances) that catches 9 rebounds with 3 blocks and Francesco Ihedioha (196-F-86, agency: Interperformances). The Ircop Rieti back at the victory at Molfetta (74-75) after 5 consecutive defeats. For the Centro Auto Ford there are 33 points for Giovanni Rugolo (196-G/F-81) with 6/8 by 3, a perfect 9/9 in the free throws but 7 turnovers, double-double for Diego Corral (205-C-86, agency: Players Group) with 11 points and 10 rebounds (but 4/12 by 2), 7 points for Jacopo Pozzi (200-F-87) with 7 rebounds and for Marco Mossi (200-F-88) and 6 points with 4 assist for Roberto Maggio (183-G-90). For the Sebastiani 15 points of the Argentinian Fernando Becerra (190-F-81) with 4 steals, 14 points for Gints Antrops (202-F-82, agency: Interperformances), 13 points in 20 minutes for Filiberto Dri (190-G-89), 12 points and 9 rebounds of Davide Zambon (203-F-78, college: American) and 6 points with 7 assist for Davide Virgilio (175-G-72). Only 5 points for Gennaro Tessitore (193-G-82) (1/8 by 3) that should leave the team very soon. The other results:

Moncada Agrigento - AD S.Antimo 58-67 (D.Calabria 16 pts, C.Cantone 16 pts & 3 stl, M.Bonaiuti 8 reb & 2 ass)
Bawer Matera - Ambrosia Bisceglie 59-74 (A.Barsanti 23 pts, A.Raschi 10 reb & 5 ass, C.Vico 3 stl, C.Mainoldi-D.Rosignoli 10 reb)
FMC Ferentino - Assi Ostuni 76-75 (M.Gigena 23 pts, F.Alessandri-S.Gigena 18 pts, F.Candido 9 reb & 3 stl)
Ascom Patti - Chimici Anagni 74-66 (A.Fabi 22 pts & 4 ass, A.Ancellotti 10 reb, T.Gullo 7 ass & 4 stl)
Itop Palestrina - Benacquista Latina 64-71 (M.DiSalvatore 23 pts & 4 ass, A.Capitanelli 13 reb, M.Spippoli 3 blk, D.Ricciardi 4 stl)


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Marco EVANGELISTI
  Trapani
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Evangelisti, Trapani18.7 
 2. Reati, Treviglio17.4 
 3. Ricciardi, Palestrina17.4 
 4. Tassinari, Moncalieri16.5 
 5. Vico, Matera16.5 
 6. Masper, Moncalieri16.2 
 7. Musso, Perugia16.2 
 8. Marino, Treviglio15.8 
 9. Rugolo, Molfetta15.8 
 10. Benevelli, Trento15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simone BAGNOLI
  Potenza
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Bagnoli, Potenza10.8 
 2. Corral, Molfetta9.5 
 3. Rosignoli, Bisceglie9.4 
 4. Basei, Ostuni9.0 
 5. Zambon, Rieti8.9 
 6. Capitanelli, Pales.8.7 
 7. Chiaramello, Recanati8.6 
 8. De Min, Treviglio8.3 
 9. Zerini, Ruvo8.3 
 10. Facenda, Senigallia8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Simone FERRARESE
  Trento
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Ferrarese, Trento4.9 
 2. Marino, Treviglio4.8 
 3. Virgilio, Rieti4.0 
 4. Scarone, Piacenza3.8 
 5. Marcante, ASD P.3.7 
 6. Tomasiello, Comsum.3.5 
 7. Gnaccarini, Senig.3.3 
 8. Paparella, Potenza3.3 
 9. Parente, Moncalieri3.3 
 10. Lenardon, Massafra3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Francesco GUARINO
  Trapani
  (182-G-79)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Guarino, Trapani3.6 
 2. Marcante, ASD P.3.2 
 3. Gullo, Patti3.2 
 4. Bushati, Brescia3.1 
 5. Bonamente, Perugia3.0 
 6. De Nicolao, Castelle.3.0 
 7. Bonfiglio, Ruvo2.9 
 8. Malamov, Ruvo2.8 
 9. Casadei, Comsum.i.2.7 
 10. Valentini, S.Antimo2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea ZERINI
  Ruvo
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Zerini, Ruvo1.9 
 2. Ancellotti, Patti1.5 
 3. Corral, Molfetta1.3 
 4. Candido, Ferentino1.1 
 5. Capitanelli, Pales.1.0 
 6. Basei, Ostuni1.0 
 7. Raminelli, Castelle.1.0 
 8. Biligha, ASD Pavia1.0 
 9. Spippoli, Palestrina0.9 
 10. Marusic, Castelletto0.8 


Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
 1. Montepaschi 18-2 
 2. Armani MI 15-5 
 3. Bennet Cantu 14-6 
 4. CS Bologna 11-9 
 5. Air AV 11-9 
 6. Scavolini PS 10-10 
 7. Vanoli CR 9-11 
 8. Pepsi Caserta 9-11 
 9. Lottomatica 9-11 
 10. Dinamo Sassari 9-11 
 11. Benetton TV 9-11 
 12. Fabi Shoes 9-11 
 13. Angelico BI 8-12 
 14. Cimberio VA 8-12 
 15. Enel Brindisi 6-14 
 16. Banca Tercas 5-15 


Standings - B1
A Standings
Group A
 1. Perugia 18-6 
 2. Piacenza 17-7 
 3. Treviglio 16-8 
 4. Trento 16-8 
 5. Brescia 16-8 
 6. Omegna 16-8 
 7. Moncalieri 13-11 
 8. Trieste 12-12 
 9. Castelletto 12-12 
 10. Comsum.it SI 10-13 
 11. Senigallia 10-14 
 12. Recanati 9-15 
 13. ASD Pavia 9-15 
 14. Riva del Garda 8-15 
 15. Ozzano 7-17 
 16. Osimo 2-22 
Group B
 1. Trapani 18-6 
 2. Ruvo 17-7 
 3. Ostuni 16-8 
 4. S.Antimo 15-9 
 5. Ferentino 14-10 
 6. Latina Basket 13-11 
 7. Matera 13-11 
 8. Potenza 12-12 
 9. Anagni 11-13 
 10. Massafra 11-13 
 11. Rieti 10-13 
 12. Molfetta 10-14 
 13. Bisceglie 10-14 
 14. Patti 9-15 
 15. Agrigento 7-17 
 16. Palestrina 5-18 


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 James WHITE
  Dinamo Sassari
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. White, Dinamo Sassari20.7 
 2. Roberson, Enel B.16.9 
 3. Thomas, Air AV16.9 
 4. Ford, Fabi Shoes16.8 
 5. Zoroski, Banca T.15.8 
 6. Dean, Air AV15.7 
 7. Rowland, Vanoli CR15.3 
 8. Winston, CS Bo.15.2 
 9. Milic, Vanoli CR15.0 
 10. Kaukenas, Montepas.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes11.1 
 2. Jones, Pepsi C.8.5 
 3. Davis, Banca Tercas8.4 
 4. Homan, CS Bologna8.4 
 5. Troutman, Air AV8.3 
 6. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.0 
 7. Lang, Enel Brindisi7.8 
 8. Suton, Angelico BI7.2 
 9. Hunter, Dinamo S.7.1 
 10. Szewczyk, Air AV7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Air AV
  (170-G-82)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Green, Air AV6.9 
 2. Diener, Dinamo S.4.8 
 3. Sosa, Angelico BI4.3 
 4. Goss, Cimberio VA4.2 
 5. Collins, Scavolin.4.1 
 6. Rowland, Vanoli CR4.0 
 7. Zoroski, Banca T.3.9 
 8. Markovic, Benetton.3.7 
 9. Green, Bennet Cantu3.6 
 10. Dixon, Enel Brindisi3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Earl ROWLAND
  Vanoli CR
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.0 
 2. Green, Air AV2.7 
 3. White, Dinamo Sassari2.7 
 4. Troutman, Air AV2.7 
 5. Thomas, Air AV2.7 
 6. Dedovic, Lottomat.2.5 
 7. Di Bella, Pepsi C.2.5 
 8. McCalebb, Montepas.2.5 
 9. Hackett, Scavolin.2.5 
 10. Goss, Cimberio VA2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes2.5 
 2. Toure, Enel Brindisi1.4 
 3. Crosariol, Lottomat.1.4 
 4. Hunter, Dinamo S.1.2 
 5. Smith, Benetton TV1.0 
 6. Lang, Enel Brindisi1.0 
 7. Drozdov, Vanoli CR0.9 
 8. Cusin, Scavolini PS0.9 
 9. Szewczyk, Air AV0.9 
 10. Polonara, Banca T.0.9 


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  JAPAN   


Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 31-4 
 2. Sendai 89ers 22-12 
 3. Tokyo Apache 18-12 
 4. Niigata Albirex 18-16 
 5. Saitama Bron. 14-22 
 6. Toyama Grouses 11-23 
 7. Akita 11-25 
Western
 1. Osaka Evessa 22-14 
 2. Okinawa GK 22-14 
 3. Fukuoka Rizing 21-15 
 4. Shiga Lakestars 20-16 
 5. Kyoto Hannaryz 18-18 
 6. Shimane 17-19 
 7. Oita H.Devils 15-21 
 8. Miyazaki 12-24 
 9. Takamatsu FA 9-27 


BJ League Round 37: Akita Happinets defeat leader Osaka Evessa - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Osaka Evessa (22-14) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by seventh ranked Akita Happinets (11-25) 72-66. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Osaka Evessa. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 30-7. But Osaka Evessa won second period 22-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Akita Happinets won last quarter 20-16. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Osaka Evessa to just 7 points in first quarter. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Sek Henry (193-87, college: Nebraska, agency: Impact Basketball) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Swingman Will Graves (198-88, college: N.Carolina) contributed with 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Akita Happinets' coach Robert Pierce used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman William Knight (196-79, college: UCLA) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds for Osaka Evessa. Akita Happinets maintains seventh place with 11-25 record. Osaka Evessa at the other side still keeps top position with 14 games lost. They share it with Okinawa GK. Akita Happinets are looking forward to face league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Osaka Evessa will play on the road against Shimane Magic and is hoping to win this game.
Sixth-ranked Toyama Grouses (11-23) used its home court advantage to challenge fourth ranked Shiga Lakestars (20-16). The visitors from Shiga managed to secure only two-point victory 74-72. However their fans expected easier game. American players dominated also this game. Power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami (FL)) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 20 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners and Josh Peppers chipped in 23 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side forward John Davis (198-84, college: Tarleton St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Shiga Lakestars maintains fourth place with 20-16 record. Toyama Grouses at the other side keep the sixth position with 23 games lost. Shiga Lakestars will play against higher ranked Tokyo Apache (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Toyama Grouses will play against Niigata Albirex and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fifth-ranked Saitama Broncos (14-22) were very close to win a game against fourth ranked Niigata Albirex (18-16) on Sunday. Niigata Albirex managed to secure only three-point victory 84-81. However their fans expected easier game. Zachary Andrews nailed a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side. Kenny Satterfield came up with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds for Saitama Broncos in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Niigata Albirex maintains fourth place with 18-16 record. Saitama Broncos lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 22 games lost. Niigata Albirex will meet Toyama Grouses (#6) on the road in the next round. Saitama Broncos will play against the league's second-placed Sendai 89ers and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game for Okinawa GK (22-14) which hosted in Okinawa 3rd placed Tokyo Apache (18-12). Second ranked Okinawa GK managed to get a 7-point victory 92-85. Jeff Newton fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Okinawa GK used an opportunity after Osaka Evessa lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Tokyo Apache at the other side keeps the third place with 12 games lost. Okinawa GK will have a break next round. Tokyo Apache will play on the road against Shiga Lakestars and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
BJ League top team - Hamamatsu Phoenix (31-4) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (12-24) in Mikawa 104-64. It was a very good performance for Jeffrey Parmer who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Hamamatsu Phoenix have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 31-4 record. Loser Miyazaki Shining Suns keep the eighth position with 24 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will face Akita Happinets (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play against Kyoto Hannaryz.

Other games in round 37 were not that significant. Takamatsu FA was smashed by Fukuoka Rizing on the road 105-77. Oita H.Devils lost to Shimane on its own court 54-62. Kyoto Hannaryz unfortunately lost to Sendai 89ers in a road game 73-80.
The most impressive performance of 37th round was 24 points and 16 rebounds by Robert Swift of Tokyo Apache.



Hamamatsu P. - Miyazaki 104-64

BJ League top team - Hamamatsu Phoenix (31-4) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (12-24) in Mikawa 104-64. The game without a history. Hamamatsu Phoenix led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Miyazaki Shining Suns' 46. Hamamatsu Phoenix looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Miyazaki Shining Suns' players. It was a very good performance for American forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Kazutoshi Ohta (191-82) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 assists for the winners. Five Hamamatsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. American forward Elijah Palmer (201-81, college: Duquesne, agency: Court Side) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and the other American import forward Brandon Cole (203-84, college: Xavier, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 21 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Miyazaki Shining Suns. Hamamatsu Phoenix have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 31-4 record. Loser Miyazaki Shining Suns keep the eighth position with 24 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will face Akita Happinets (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play against Kyoto Hannaryz.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: K.Ohta 18+3reb+10ast, J.Parmer 16+12reb+5ast, S.Okada 16+4reb+1ast, D.Larkai 14+4reb+2ast, J.Dixon 10+3ast, W.Arnold 6+2reb+2ast
Miyazaki: B.Cole 21+9reb+3ast, E.Palmer 18+12reb+4ast, Y.Kojima 8+7reb, T.Ito 8+3reb+1ast, H.Fujita 5+1reb, O.Shinnosuke 2+2reb+3ast
gschID: 106003


Osaka Evessa - Akita 66-72

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Osaka Evessa (22-14) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by seventh ranked Akita Happinets (11-25) 72-66. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Osaka Evessa. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 30-7. But Osaka Evessa won second period 22-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Akita Happinets won last quarter 20-16. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Osaka Evessa to just 7 points in first quarter. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Sek Henry (193-87, college: Nebraska, agency: Impact Basketball) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Swingman Will Graves (198-88, college: N.Carolina) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Akita Happinets' coach Robert Pierce used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman William Knight (196-79, college: UCLA) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds and forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) added 17 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Osaka Evessa. Akita Happinets maintains seventh place with 11-25 record. Osaka Evessa at the other side still keeps top position with 14 games lost. They share it with Okinawa GK. Akita Happinets are looking forward to face league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Osaka Evessa will play on the road against Shimane Magic and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Akita: S.Henry 23+8reb+7ast, W.Graves 17+12reb, K.Shoji 7+2reb+1ast, P.Butorac 7+9reb+1ast, R.Mizumachi 6+2reb, A.Akingbade 4+4reb
Osaka Evessa: W.Knight 21+12reb+1ast, L.Washington 17+6reb+1ast, H.Katsumata 9+2reb+3ast, L.Blackledge 9+9reb+2ast, W.Marshall 5+2reb, D.Tamura 3+1reb+3ast
gschID: 106004


Fukuoka Rizing - Takamatsu FA 105-77

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Fukuoka Rizing (21-15) crushed at home 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (9-27) 105-77 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Fukuoka Rizing. Takamatsu FA was better in fourth quarter 37-31. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fukuoka Rizing forced 22 Takamatsu FA turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Fukuoka Rizing especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. Americans were the main players on the court. Quite impressive performance for swingman Michael Parker (200-81, college: Evergreen St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Center Terrance Farley (208-85, college: Louisville) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and guard Rasheed Sparks (190-77, college: Morgan St.) added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Takamatsu FA. Four Fukuoka Rizing and five Takamatsu FA players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Fukuoka Rizing. They maintain third place with 21-15 record having nine points less than leader Osaka Evessa. Takamatsu FA lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 27 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will have a break next round. Takamatsu FA will play at home against Oita Heat Devils (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: M.Parker 25+11reb+2ast, N.Murry 20+10reb+5ast, J.Nakanishi 20+2reb+2ast, T.Cordeiro 13+8reb, A.Takeno 7+4ast, I.Hoger 6+3reb
Takamatsu FA: H.Kikuchi 17+2reb+2ast, T.Farley 15+10reb+1ast, K.Lemons 14+3reb, J.Price 12+4reb, R.Sparks 10+9reb+6ast, S.Takeda 4+1ast
gschID: 106005


Oita H.Devils - Shimane 54-62

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked Oita Heat Devils' (15-21) home loss to sixth ranked Shimane Magic (17-19) 54-62 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 20-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Shimane Magic made 9 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court. Quite impressive performance for forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Center Jeral Davis (216-84) contributed with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 7 blocks for the winners. Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa, agency: Edge Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds and guard Matt Lottich (193-82, college: Stanford) added 7 points and 5 assists (made all of his seven free throws) in the effort for Oita Heat Devils. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Shimane Magic. They maintain sixth place with 17-19 record. Oita Heat Devils lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 21 games lost. Shimane Magic will face league's leader Osaka Evessa at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Oita Heat Devils will play against Takamatsu FA (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shimane: R.Golson 18+10reb+3ast, J.Davis 13+8reb, F.Fisher 9+8reb+4ast, T.Evans 8+4reb+2ast, E.Yamamoto 6+5reb+1ast, T.Ishizaki 6+2reb+6ast
Oita H.Devils: C.Tate 25+14reb, M.Lottich 7+4reb+5ast, T.Finger 6+7reb+2ast, K.Sato 5+3reb+1ast, H.Sato 5, D.Johnson 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 106006


Okinawa GK - Tokyo Apache 92-85

An interesting game for Okinawa GK (22-14) which hosted in Okinawa 3rd placed Tokyo Apache (18-12). Second ranked Okinawa GK managed to get a 7-point victory 92-85. The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 21-16 Tokyo Apache's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 92-85 at the end of the game. American center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import swingman Carlos Dixon (202-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Strategic Sports) chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds. American power forward Robert Swift (213-85, college: High School) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds and guard Tanaka Kensuke (187-85) added 21 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Okinawa GK used an opportunity after Osaka Evessa lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Tokyo Apache at the other side keeps the third place with 12 games lost. Okinawa GK will have a break next round. Tokyo Apache will play on the road against Shiga Lakestars and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: N.Kosuge 22+2reb+1ast, C.Dixon 22+5reb+2ast, A.McHenry 17+7reb+1ast, J.Newton 14+13reb+3ast, T.Yonamine 5+4reb+11ast, D.Sneed 4+8reb
Tokyo Apache: R.Swift 24+16reb+2ast, T.Kensuke 21+2reb+2ast, C.Aoki 15+1reb+2ast, J.Tyler 13+4reb, J.Nakama 6+8reb, R.Itakura 3+1reb
gschID: 106007


Sendai 89ers - Kyoto Hannaryz 80-73

Rather predictable result when second ranked Sendai 89ers (22-12) won against at home 5th ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (18-18) 80-73 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kyoto Hannaryz won fourth quarter 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sendai 89ers looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Kyoto Hannaryz was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. Quite impressive performance for forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds. Power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Four Sendai 89ers players scored in double figures. Guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV) answered with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and power forward Michael Fey (213-83, college: UCLA) added 10 points and 16 rebounds in the effort for Kyoto Hannaryz. Sendai 89ers maintains second place with 22-12 record having ten points less than leader Osaka Evessa. Loser Kyoto Hannaryz keeps the fifth position with 18 games lost. Sendai 89ers will face Saitama Broncos (#5) on the road in the next round. Kyoto Hannaryz will play against Miyazaki Shining Suns.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: M.Bell 26+12reb+3ast, M.Hopson 17+3reb+7ast, C.Holm 12+14reb+3ast, L.Hechon 11+1reb+4ast, T.Komoda 7+2reb, H.Kusaka 3+3reb
Kyoto Hannaryz: W.White 21+7reb+5ast, M.Abdul-Rauf 19+3reb+5ast, M.Fey 10+16reb+1ast, K.Setoyama 8+2reb+3ast, T.Kawabe 6+5reb+4ast, N.Nakamura 6+1reb
gschID: 106000


Niigata Albirex - Saitama Bron. 84-81

Fifth-ranked Saitama Broncos (14-22) were very close to win a game against fourth ranked Niigata Albirex (18-16) on Sunday. Niigata Albirex managed to secure only three-point victory 84-81. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 3 points. Niigata Albirex made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. American power forward Zachary Andrews (203-85, college: Bradley) nailed a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and Senegalese forward Issa Konare (202-80, college: High Point, agency: Warren Sports International) accounted for 17 points and 6 rebounds. Five Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. American guard Kenny Satterfield (188-81, college: Cincinnati) came up with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds and the other American import center George Leach (210-81, college: Indiana) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Saitama Broncos in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Niigata Albirex maintains fourth place with 18-16 record. Saitama Broncos lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 22 games lost. Niigata Albirex will meet Toyama Grouses (#6) on the road in the next round. Saitama Broncos will play against the league's second-placed Sendai 89ers and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: I.Konare 17+6reb, N.DeWitz 13+3reb+1ast, J.Ashby 12+5reb+1ast, Y.Ikeda 12+1reb+1ast, W.Veasley 12+4reb+2ast, Z.Andrews 10+14reb+1ast
Saitama Bron.: K.Satterfield 38+13reb+1ast, G.Leach 16+8reb, Y.Kitamuki 10, D.Terashita 5+1reb+2ast, G.Klaiber 4+4reb+1ast, K.Hatano 3+2reb
gschID: 106001


Toyama Grouses - Shiga Lakestars 72-74

Sixth-ranked Toyama Grouses (11-23) used its home court advantage to challenge fourth ranked Shiga Lakestars (20-16). The visitors from Shiga managed to secure only two-point victory 74-72. However their fans expected easier game. Shiga Lakestars made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Shiga Lakestars outrebounded Toyama Grouses 43-31 including 18 on the offensive glass. American players dominated also this game. Power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami (FL)) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 20 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners and forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) chipped in 23 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side forward John Davis (198-84, college: Tarleton St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and forward Jerrell Smith (206-85, college: Cal.St.-Dominguez H.) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Shiga Lakestars maintains fourth place with 20-16 record. Toyama Grouses at the other side keep the sixth position with 23 games lost. Shiga Lakestars will play against higher ranked Tokyo Apache (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Toyama Grouses will play against Niigata Albirex and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shiga Lakestars: J.Peppers 23+5reb, G.Hamilton 23+20reb+2ast, L.Rice 14+5reb+2ast, T.Fujiwara 12+1reb+2ast, M.Joho 2+2reb, H.Ishibashi 0
Toyama Grouses: J.Smith 17+5reb, M.Kato 13+3reb+3ast, B.Harper 13+2reb, J.Davis 12+11reb+1ast, T.Mito 7+1reb+4ast, M.Kyle 5+2reb
gschID: 106002




Takeuchi's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Aishin Sea Horses and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 34.
He had a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Tochigi Brex (#6, 14-20) 93-86. It allowed Aishin to consolidate first place in the Japanese league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Aishin has a very solid 25-9 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Takeuchi has many years of experience at Aishin, through which he has constantly improved. Takeuchi has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 16.4ppg) and averages solid 1.7bpg and 58.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Christian Maraker (206-F-82) of Rera Kamuy Hokkaido. He is Swedish forward in his second season at Hokkaido. In the last game Maraker recorded impressive double-double of 16 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Hokkaido lost that game 68-86 to slightly higher-ranked Mitsubishi (#7, 11-23). Hokkaido are still at the very bottom. 25 lost games are too many comparing to just nine victories Hokkaido managed to get this year. Maraker is well-known at Hokkaido and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to center Scott Merritt (208-C-82) of Tochigi Brex (#6). Merritt scored 17 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Merritt's great performance Tochigi Brex lost 86-93 to the higher-ranked Aishin (#1, 25-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Tochigi Brex ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 20 games, recording just fourteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Merritt could help Tochigi Brex to bring them higher in the standings. Merritt has a very solid season. In 33 games in Japan he scored 13.0ppg. He also has 6.9rpg and FGP: 51.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ontario Lett (198-F-79) of Mitsubishi - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jun Uzawa (197-C/F-81) of Mitsubishi - 10 points and 14 rebounds
6. Ryan Forehan-Kelly (197-F/G-80) of Aishin - 20 points and 8 rebounds
7. Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80) of Toyota - 11 points and 9 rebounds
8. Jerald Honeycutt (205-F-74) of Panasonic - 10 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Charles O'Bannon (198-F-75) of Toshiba - 17 points and 15 rebounds
10. Ron Hale (203-F-77) of Mitsubishi - 16 points and 8 rebounds

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


Best players of Japanese BJ League round 36 - by Eurobasket News
American Michael Parker (200-G/F-81) had an amazing evening in the last round for Fukuoka Rizing and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 36.
The 29-year old swingman had a double-double of 30 points and eighteen rebounds, while his team crushed Takamatsu FA (#9, 9-26) with 25-point margin 94-69. Fukuoka Rizing 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. Fukuoka Rizing will need more victories to improve their 20-15 record. In the team's last game Parker had a remarkable 61.1% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Fukuoka Rizing, through which he has constantly improved. Evergreen State College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Parker is league's best scorer averaging so far 27.2ppg. Parker is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 10.3rpg) and averages solid 1.5bpg,2.3spg and 61.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American guard Mac Hopson (188-G-87) of second-ranked Sendai 89ers. Hopson impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 30 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Sendai 89ers lost that game 79-87 to the lower-ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (#5, 18-17). Sendai 89ers managed to keep the same second spot in the standings. His team's 21-12 record is not bad at all. Hopson is a newcomer at Sendai 89ers 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 21.0ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 6.5rpg and 5.4apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Brian Harper (208-F/G-85) of Toyama Grouses (#6). Harper got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for ten rebounds and five assists. He was a key player of Toyama Grouses, leading his team to a 82-81 win against slightly higher-ranked Shiga Lakestars (#4, 19-16). The chances of Toyama Grouses not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 22 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Harper could try to bring Toyama Grouses' a little bit higher in the standings. Harper has individually a great season in Japan. After 33 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.6ppg (6th best). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 51.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Josh Peppers (201-F-85) of Shiga Lakestars - 27 points and 9 rebounds
5. Brandon Cole (203-F-84) of Miyazaki - 24 points and 10 rebounds
6. Will Graves (198-F/G-88) of Akita - 23 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Anthony McHenry (201-G/F-83) of Okinawa GK - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (186-G-69) of Kyoto Hannaryz - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Jefferey Price (203-F-85) of Takamatsu FA - 19 points and 11 rebounds
10. Lynn Washington (200-F-78) of Osaka Evessa - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists

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


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SuperLeague Round 16: Trepca loses to Peja in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The game between Top Four teams took place in Mitrovice. One of their biggest challengers host Trepca (8-8) lost to third ranked Peja (12-4) 73-62. Peja have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 12-4 record having just three points less than leader Sigal Prishtina. Trepca at the other side keeps the fourth place with eight games lost. Peja are looking forward to face bottom-ranked KB Mitrovice (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Trepca will play against Bashkimi (#6) in Prizren and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
SuperLeague top team - Sigal Prishtina (15-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked KB Mitrovice (0-16) 133-32. Sigal Prishtina have an impressive 15-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 15-1 record. Newly promoted KB Mitrovice still closes the standingsSigal Prishtina will play against Kosova (#7) in Vushtrri in the next round where they are favorite. KB Mitrovice will play on the road against Peja in Peje and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Vushtrri was also quite interesting. Second ranked Bambi (14-2) played at the court of 7th ranked Kosova (4-12). Bambi defeated Kosova 93-82 on Saturday. Bambi maintains second position with 14-2 record behind leader Sigal Prishtina. Kosova lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 12 games lost. Bambi will meet at home College EuroSporti (#5) in the next round. Kosova will play against the league's leader Sigal Prishtina in Prishtine and hope to secure a win.
The game in Prishtine supposed to be also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Bashkimi (5-11) played at the court of sixth ranked College EuroSporti (6-10). College EuroSporti smashed Bashkimi 107-76. College EuroSporti moved-up to fifth place. Bashkimi at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 11 games lost. College EuroSporti's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Bambi in Mitrovice and it may be quite challenging game. Bashkimi will play at home against Trepca (#4) in Mitrovice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Kosova - Bambi 82-93

The game in Vushtrri was also quite interesting. Second ranked Bambi (14-2) played at the court of 7th ranked Kosova (4-12). Bambi defeated Kosova 93-82 on Saturday. Bambi maintains second position with 14-2 record behind leader Sigal Prishtina. Kosova lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 12 games lost. Bambi will meet at home College EuroSporti (#5) in the next round. Kosova will play against the league's leader Sigal Prishtina in Prishtine and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 114627


K.EuroSporti - Bashkimi 107-76

The game in Prishtine supposed to be also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Bashkimi (5-11) played at the court of sixth ranked College EuroSporti (6-10). College EuroSporti smashed Bashkimi 107-76. College EuroSporti moved-up to fifth place. Bashkimi at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 11 games lost. College EuroSporti's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Bambi in Mitrovice and it may be quite challenging game. Bashkimi will play at home against Trepca (#4) in Mitrovice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 114628


Trepca - Peja 62-73

The game between Top Four teams took place in Mitrovice. One of their biggest challengers host Trepca (8-8) lost to third ranked Peja (12-4) 73-62. Peja have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 12-4 record having just three points less than leader Sigal Prishtina. Trepca at the other side keeps the fourth place with eight games lost. Peja are looking forward to face bottom-ranked KB Mitrovice (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Trepca will play against Bashkimi (#6) in Prizren and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 114629


Mitrovica - Sigal Prishtina 32-133

SuperLeague top team - Sigal Prishtina (15-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked KB Mitrovice (0-16) 133-32. Sigal Prishtina have an impressive 15-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 15-1 record. Newly promoted KB Mitrovice still closes the standingsSigal Prishtina will play against Kosova (#7) in Vushtrri in the next round where they are favorite. KB Mitrovice will play on the road against Peja in Peje and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 114626




Standings - Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
 1. Sigal Prishtina 15-1 
 2. Bambi 14-2 
 3. Peja 12-4 
 4. Trepca 8-8 
 5. K.EuroSporti 6-10 
 6. Bashkimi 5-11 
 7. Kosova 4-12 
 8. Mitrovica 0-16 


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East win in LBL all-star game - by Gatis Zvirbulis
Sunday, 27.february was held annual LBL All Star game between East and West teams in Jelgava Zemgale olimpic center. East won game by 6 points 100:94 (23:19; 18:28; 25:18; 24:19). Each quarter was 8 minutes long. Games MVP was East's Derek Williams (191-G/F) 20 points, 12 rebounds and 14 assists.

In the Sportland three-point shooting contests final won Sandis Bets (192-G-92) (Ogre)- 14 points, who beat Mikus Sokolovs (Gulbenes buki) - 11 points. in the womens final Agate Geka (169-G-93) (TTT juniores) won with 18 points, second was Liene Neimane (TTT juniores) with 9 points in the final.
Sportland Slam dunk contest winner was Kristaps Dargais (195-G-90) (Ogre), second Zanis Peiners (LU). In semi-final also some good performence was by Janis Timma (BAA Riga) and Nelyubov Ivans (VEF jrs).
In the coaches contests first round nobody can make shot from midcourt, in the second round Varis Krumins (BK Zemgale) made 3pointshot and won this contest.
Cheerleading contest winners was BK Ventspils cheerleaders, while second was BK Liepajas lauvas chearleaders and also other squads have great performances- BK Valmiera, LU, VEF Riga jrs and Turiba cheerleaders.

East West 100:94 (23:19, 18:28, 35:28, 24:19)

East: Dairis Bertans (VEF Jrs) 13, Sandis Valters (VEF Jrs) 10, Kristaps Janicenoks (VEF Jrs), Kaspars Berzins (VEF Jrs) 17 (6ab), Pavels Veselovs (BK Valmiera) 10; Agnis Cavars (Barons/O!Karte) 9, Janis Kaufmanis (BK Valmiera) 7, Zanis Peiners (Latvijas Universitate) 6, Derek Williams (Barons/O!Karte) 20 (12ab, 14ast TRIPLE-DOUBLE), Artsiom Parakhouski (VEF Juniors) 8 (6ab)
head coach Ainars Zvirgzdins (BK Valmiera), coach Edgars Teteris (Barons/O!Karte), Nikolajs Mazurs (VEF Jrs), Marti Zibarts (Latvijas Universitate)

West: Janis Strelnieks (BK Ventspils) 13, Ingus Bankevics (former BK Ventspils) 6, Rashad Anderson (BK Ventspils) 11, Arturs Strelnieks (BK Ventspils) 4 (6ab), Lauris Blaus (BK Ventspils) 9 (7ab); Roberts Mednis (Biznesa augstskola Turiba) 10, Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (BK Ventspils) 5, Ashton Mitchell (BK Liepajas Lauvas) 16, Ilmars Bergmanis (BK Zemgale) 5 (8ab), Jekabs Rozitis (BK Zemgale) 15
Head coach: Varis Krumins (BK Zemgale), Agris Galvanovskis (BK Liepajas Lauvas), Guntis Endzels (BK Ventspils), Peteris Visnevics (Biznesa augstskola Turiba)

Referee: Oskars Lucis, Andris Vaskans, Juris Bruveris. Commissar Agnis Perkons


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Standings
Liga Americas Final Four Standings
Group A
 1. Capitanes 0-0 
 2. Halc.Rojos 0-0 
 3. Halc.Xalapa 0-0 
 4. Regatas C. 0-0 
Stage Two Standings


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Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Kieza, Juventus17.8 
 2. Dilys, Naglis-Adakris16.4 
 3. Alijevas, Nevezis15.8 
 4. Dimsa, Nevezis15.4 
 5. Ruikis, Neptunas15.4 
 6. Vasylius, Neptunas14.9 
 7. Juskevicius, Rudupis14.8 
 8. Mikalauskas, Naglis.14.7 
 9. Kazevicius, Alytus A.14.6 
 10. Viskontas, Perlas14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Kieza, Juventus11.5 
 2. Sarakauskas, Siauliai9.5 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.8.2 
 4. Dimsa, Nevezis7.4 
 5. Jankunas, Zalgiris7.0 
 6. Matulis, Sakalai6.9 
 7. Vasylius, Neptunas6.8 
 8. Mikalauskas, Naglis.6.7 
 9. Klimavicius, Zalgiris6.6 
 10. Adomavicius, Alytus A.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Rolandas ALIJEVAS
  Nevezis
  (192-G-85)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Alijevas, Nevezis6.4 
 2. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.9 
 3. Juskevicius, Rudupis5.4 
 4. Broadus, Siauliai5.3 
 5. Collins, Zalgiris4.6 
 6. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris4.5 
 7. El-Amin, Lietuvos.4.4 
 8. Viskontas, Perlas4.2 
 9. Janavicius, Siauliai4.1 
 10. Kalnietis, Zalgiris3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Tomas RINKEVICIUS
  Techasas
  (178-G-78)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Rinkevicius, Techasas2.3 
 2. Razutis, Naglis-A.2.0 
 3. Alijevas, Nevezis1.9 
 4. Juskevicius, Rudupis1.9 
 5. Ruikis, Neptunas1.8 
 6. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris1.8 
 7. Vasylius, Neptunas1.8 
 8. Valukonis, Techasas1.8 
 9. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.1.7 
 10. Vene, Aiscai Kaunas1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Real Madrid
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.4 
 2. Silinskis, Techasas2.1 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.2.1 
 4. Cresnar, Nevezis1.5 
 5. Volkus, Techasas1.2 
 6. Klimavicius, Zalgiris1.1 
 7. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.0 
 8. Bajramovic, Lietuv.0.9 
 9. Jankauskas, Rudupis0.9 
 10. Zelionis, Rudupis0.9 


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Zilvinas PETRAITIS
  Delikatesas
  (194-G/F-88)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Petraitis, Delikate.22.3 
 2. Sragauskis, LKKA-.22.0 
 3. Vingelis, LKKA-.20.2 
 4. Jurkus, Silute18.1 
 5. Tarvydas, Puntukas18.0 
 6. Sebeziovas, Triobe.16.8 
 7. Cizauskas, Zalgir.16.4 
 8. Mineikis, Radviliskis16.3 
 9. Jacevicius, Perla.16.2 
 10. Vileita, Pieno Z.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Egidijus MOCKEVICIUS
  Akademija
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Mockevicius, Akade.