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  AUSTRALIA   


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Kirk PENNEY
  Breakers
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Penney, Breakers20.6 
 2. Ervin, Hawks20.1 
 3. Redhage, Wildcats18.0 
 4. Williams, Tigers18.0 
 5. Khazzouh, Sydney K.17.6 
 6. Clark, Blaze17.1 
 7. Worthington, Blaze16.8 
 8. Wilkinson, Breakers16.1 
 9. Ballinger, 36ers15.3 
 10. Devendorf, Tigers14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.10.2 
 2. Davidson, Hawks8.0 
 3. Vukona, Breakers7.7 
 4. Nevill, Tigers7.4 
 5. Williams, Tigers7.0 
 6. Worthington, Blaze7.0 
 7. Burston, Tigers6.9 
 8. Crosswhite, Taipa.6.9 
 9. Schenscher, Croco.6.8 
 10. Clark, Blaze6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Tigers
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 6
 1. Williams, Tigers6.0 
 2. Gibson, Blaze5.4 
 3. Ervin, Hawks4.4 
 4. Saville, Hawks4.2 
 5. Braswell, Breakers4.2 
 6. Carter, 36ers4.2 
 7. Shannon, 36ers4.2 
 8. Ubaka, Taipans3.8 
 9. Blalock, Crocodiles3.5 
 10. DeVries, 36ers3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Damian MARTIN
  Wildcats
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Martin, Wildcats2.3 
 2. Saville, Hawks1.4 
 3. Carter, 36ers1.4 
 4. Crawford, Croco.1.4 
 5. Williams, Tigers1.4 
 6. Ervin, Hawks1.3 
 7. Tovey, Wildcats1.3 
 8. Braswell, Breakers1.3 
 9. Dorsey, Taipans1.2 
 10. Robbins, Wildcats1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam BALLINGER
  36ers
  (205-F-79)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Ballinger, 36ers1.9 
 2. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.9 
 3. Clark, Blaze1.3 
 4. Worthington, Blaze1.1 
 5. Nevill, Tigers1.1 
 6. Schenscher, Croco.1.1 
 7. Crosswhite, Taipa.0.9 
 8. Freeman, Croco.0.9 
 9. Tovey, Wildcats0.8 
 10. Sanders, Sydney K.0.8 


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 20-6 
 2. Crocodiles 16-10 
 3. Wildcats 16-11 
 4. Taipans 14-12 
 5. Hawks 14-13 
 6. Blaze 12-14 
 7. Tigers 10-16 
 8. 36ers 8-18 
 9. Sydney K. 8-18 


Standings - ABA
ABA Standings
Big V
 1. Bulleen B. 1-0 
 2. Eltham W. 1-0 
 3. Sherbrooke S. 1-0 
 4. Waverley F. 1-0 
 5. Diamond V.E. 0-1 
 6. Hume City 0-1 
 7. Melbourne 0-1 
 8. Ringwood H. 0-1 
Central ABL
 1. C.District L. 0-0 
 2. Eastern M. 0-0 
 3. Forestville E. 0-0 
 4. N.Adelaide R. 0-0 
 5. Norwood F. 0-0 
 6. S.Adelaide P. 0-0 
 7. South.Tigers 0-0 
 8. Sturt S. 0-0 
 9. W.Adelaide B. 0-0 
 10. Woodville W. 0-0 
QBL
 1. Brisbane C. 0-0 
 2. Bundaberg B. 0-0 
 3. Caboolture S. 0-0 
 4. Cairns M. 0-0 
 5. Gladstone P. 0-0 
 6. Gold Coast G. 0-0 
 7. Ipswich F. 0-0 
 8. Mackay M. 0-0 
 9. Maroochydore 0-0 
 10. Northside W. 0-0 
 11. Rockhampton 0-0 
 12. SW Metro P. 0-0 
 13. Toowoomba 0-0 
 14. Townsville H. 0-0 
SEABL-East
 1. Ballarat M. 0-0 
 2. Bendigo B. 0-0 
 3. Brisbane S. 0-0 
 4. Canberra G. 0-0 
 5. Dandenong 0-0 
 6. Kilsyth C. 0-0 
 7. Knox R. 0-0 
SEABL-South
 1. Albury W.B. 0-0 
 2. Frankston B. 0-0 
 3. Geelong S. 0-0 
 4. Hobart C. 0-0 
 5. Mt Gambier 0-0 
 6. Nunawading S. 0-0 
 7. NW Tasmania 0-0 
 8. Sandringham S. 0-0 
WARATAH
 1. Bankstown B. 1-0 
 2. Hills H. 1-0 
 3. Hornsby S. 1-0 
 4. Newcastle H. 1-0 
 5. Sydney C. 1-0 
 6. Canberra N. 0-0 
 7. Illawarra H. 0-0 
 8. Parramatta W. 0-0 
 9. C. Coast C. 0-1 
 10. Maitland M. 0-1 
 11. Manly Warr. 0-1 
 12. Norths Bears 0-1 
 13. Sutherland S. 0-1 


NBL Round 23: Townsville Crocodiles edge Perth Wildcats by one point - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in NBL.

The most exciting game of round 23 in the NBL took place in Wulguru. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Perth Wildcats (16-11) to third ranked Townsville Crocodiles (16-10) 72-71. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Perth Wildcats. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Perth Wildcats were trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 16-12 charge of Townsville Crocodiles, which allowed them to win the game. They made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Townsville Crocodiles had a 27-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international center Luke Schenscher (216-82, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Priority Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. American guard Will Blalock (183-83, college: Iowa St., agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 14 points and 6 assists. Forward Cameron Tovey (200-85, college: Augusta St.) produced 15 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Perth Wildcats' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Townsville Crocodiles moved-up to second place. Defending champion Perth Wildcats dropped to the third position with 11 games lost. Townsville Crocodiles are looking forward to face Melbourne Tigers (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Perth Wildcats will have a break next round.
Important game to mention about took place in Gwynneville. Fifth ranked Cairns Taipans (14-12) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 4th placed Wollongong Hawks (14-13) 68-67 in the fight for the fourth place. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Wollongong Hawks. British-New Zealand guard Phill Jones (196-74) saved the victory by scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). Ian Crosswhite contributed with 6 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Cairns Taipans' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The former international swingman Glen Saville (197-76) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for Wollongong Hawks. Cairns Taipans moved-up to fourth place. Wollongong Hawks at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 13 games lost. Cairns Taipans will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Wollongong Hawks will play at home against Kings (#9) in Sydney and hope to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Melbourne between Gold Coast Blaze and Melbourne Tigers. Sixth ranked Gold Coast Blaze (12-14) got a very close victory on the road over 7th ranked Melbourne Tigers (10-16). Gold Coast Blaze managed to escape with a 1-point win 82-81 in the fight for the sixth place. It was a great evening for Ira Clark who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Gold Coast Blaze's coach Joey Wright used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Corey Williams responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. Gold Coast Blaze maintains sixth place with 12-14 record. Loser Melbourne Tigers keep the seventh position with 16 games lost. Gold Coast Blaze will meet at home Adelaide 36ers (#8) in the next round. Melbourne Tigers will play against the league's second-placed Townsville Crocodiles in Wulguru and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Findon. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 8th ranked Adelaide 36ers (8-18) to seventh ranked Melbourne Tigers (10-16) 79-76 in the fight for the seventh place. It was an exceptional evening for Corey Williams who led the winners and scored 20 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Melbourne Tigers maintains seventh place with 10-16 record. Adelaide 36ers lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 18 games lost. Melbourne Tigers' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Townsville Crocodiles in Wulguru and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Adelaide 36ers will play on the road against Gold Coast Blaze (#6) in Broadbeach and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader New Zealand Breakers delivered the twentiethth victory on Thursday night. This time they beat 9th ranked Kings (8-18) 91-86 in Auckland. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kings. The best player for the winners was Gary Wilkinson who scored 28 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. New Zealand Breakers maintains first place with 20-6 record. Loser Kings stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. New Zealand Breakers will have a break next round. Kings will play on the road against Wollongong Hawks (#5) in Gwynneville.

The best stats of 23th round was 31 points and 13 rebounds by Daniel Johnson of 36ers.


Hawks - Taipans 67-68

Important game to mention about took place in Gwynneville. Fifth ranked Cairns Taipans (14-12) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 4th placed Wollongong Hawks (14-13) 68-67 in the fight for the fourth place. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Wollongong Hawks. Wollongong Hawks were ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 16-13 charge of Cairns Taipans, which allowed them to win the game. British-New Zealand guard Phill Jones (196-74) saved the victory by scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). Center Ian Crosswhite (212-82, college: Oregon) contributed with 6 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Cairns Taipans' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The former international swingman Glen Saville (197-76) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and American guard Gary Ervin (186-83, college: Arkansas) added 15 points in the effort for Wollongong Hawks. Four Wollongong Hawks players scored in double figures. Cairns Taipans moved-up to fourth place. Wollongong Hawks at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 13 games lost. Cairns Taipans will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Wollongong Hawks will play at home against Kings (#9) in Sydney and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Taipans: P.Jones 19+7reb, A.Ubaka 10+5reb+2ast, D.Rychart 9+4reb+1ast, A.Loughton 8+5reb+1ast, R.Dorsey 6+7reb+1ast, I.Crosswhite 6+8reb+3ast
Hawks: G.Ervin 15+4reb+1ast, G.Saville 13+10reb+5ast, M.Campbell 11+3reb+2ast, O.Forman 10+8reb+1ast, R.Martin 8+1reb+1ast, T.Coenraad 4+2reb
gschID: 94646


Tigers - Blaze 81-82

A very close game took place in Melbourne between Gold Coast Blaze and Melbourne Tigers. Sixth ranked Gold Coast Blaze (12-14) got a very close victory on the road over 7th ranked Melbourne Tigers (10-16). Gold Coast Blaze managed to escape with a 1-point win 82-81 in the fight for the sixth place. Melbourne Tigers were trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 20-15 charge of Gold Coast Blaze, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for American power forward Ira Clark (203-75, college: Texas) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). International guard Adam Gibson (188-86) helped adding 12 points and 7 assists. Gold Coast Blaze's coach Joey Wright used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Jamaican-American guard Corey Williams (191-77, college: Alabama St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Lucas Walker (203, college: St.Mary's, CA) scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. Four Melbourne Tigers players scored in double figures. Gold Coast Blaze maintains sixth place with 12-14 record. Loser Melbourne Tigers keep the seventh position with 16 games lost. Gold Coast Blaze will meet at home Adelaide 36ers (#8) in the next round. Melbourne Tigers will play against the league's second-placed Townsville Crocodiles in Wulguru and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Blaze: I.Clark 23+7reb+2ast, C.Goulding 12+4reb, A.Gibson 12+2reb+7ast, J.Cadee 9, S.Hoare 8+9reb+2ast, J.Harvey 6+4reb+2ast
Tigers: C.Williams 25+11reb+7ast, L.Walker 18+7reb+3ast, D.Corletto 13+3reb, M.Burston 10+10reb, C.Tragardh 4+2reb+1ast, T.Greer 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 94647


Breakers - Sydney K. 91-86

Leader New Zealand Breakers delivered the twentiethth victory on Thursday night. This time they beat 9th ranked Kings (8-18) 91-86 in Auckland. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kings. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-86. New Zealand Breakers outrebounded Kings 35-22 including 22 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Gary Wilkinson (206-82, college: Utah St.) who scored 28 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Kirk Penney (196-80, college: Wisconsin) chipped in 26 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Trey Gilder (206-85, college: Northwestern St.) produced 30 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Luke Martin (181-81, college: UTEP) added 18 points and 6 assists respectively for the guests. New Zealand Breakers maintains first place with 20-6 record. Loser Kings stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. New Zealand Breakers will have a break next round. Kings will play on the road against Wollongong Hawks (#5) in Gwynneville.
Top scorers:
Breakers: G.Wilkinson 28+5reb+4ast, K.Penney 26+5reb+5ast, M.Vukona 16+8reb+5ast, T.Abercrombie 7+5reb, C.Bruton 5+1reb+2ast, K.Braswell 4+1reb+2ast
Sydney K.: T.Gilder 30+7reb+4ast, L.Martin 18+4reb+6ast, B.Knight 12+5reb+5ast, B.Madgen 9+2reb, M.Dickel 9+3reb+3ast, J.Scoines 6+1ast
gschID: 94643


36ers - Tigers 76-79

A very interesting game took place in Findon. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 8th ranked Adelaide 36ers (8-18) to seventh ranked Melbourne Tigers (10-16) 79-76 in the fight for the seventh place. Adelaide 36ers were ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 25-15 charge of Melbourne Tigers, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Melbourne Tigers especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. It was an exceptional evening for Jamaican-American guard Corey Williams (191-77, college: Alabama St.) who led the winners and scored 20 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Naturalized British guard Daryl Corletto (193-81) accounted for 22 points for the winning side. Four Melbourne Tigers players scored in double figures. Center Daniel Johnson (212-88, college: Pepperdine) came up with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 13 rebounds and the former international guard Rhys Carter (190-84) added 11 points and 4 assists respectively for Adelaide 36ers in the defeat. Melbourne Tigers maintains seventh place with 10-16 record. Adelaide 36ers lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 18 games lost. Melbourne Tigers' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Townsville Crocodiles in Wulguru and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Adelaide 36ers will play on the road against Gold Coast Blaze (#6) in Broadbeach and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tigers: D.Corletto 22+4reb+2ast, C.Williams 20+6reb+5ast, B.Lewis 13+2reb, L.Walker 10+3reb+2ast, W.Helliwell 6+2reb+2ast, T.Greer 4+5reb+1ast
36ers: D.Johnson 31+13reb+1ast, R.Carter 11+2reb+4ast, A.Bruce 10+1reb+3ast, J.Holmes 8+4reb+2ast, M.Creek 6+3reb, B.Hill 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 94644


Crocodiles - Wildcats 72-71

The most exciting game of round 23 in the NBL took place in Wulguru. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Perth Wildcats (16-11) to third ranked Townsville Crocodiles (16-10) 72-71 in the game for the second place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Perth Wildcats. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Perth Wildcats were trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 16-12 charge of Townsville Crocodiles, which allowed them to win the game. They made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Townsville Crocodiles had a 27-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international center Luke Schenscher (216-82, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Priority Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. American guard Will Blalock (183-83, college: Iowa St., agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 14 points and 6 assists. Five Townsville Crocodiles players scored in double figures. Forward Cameron Tovey (200-85, college: Augusta St.) produced 15 points and 6 rebounds and the former international power forward Matthew Knight (204-85, college: Loyola Marymount) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Perth Wildcats' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Townsville Crocodiles moved-up to second place. Defending champion Perth Wildcats dropped to the third position with 11 games lost. Townsville Crocodiles are looking forward to face Melbourne Tigers (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Perth Wildcats will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Crocodiles: P.Crawford 17+4reb, W.Blalock 14+4reb+6ast, L.Schenscher 12+12reb, M.Cedar 10+2reb+2ast, R.Hinder 10+8reb+1ast, N.Crosswell 9+2ast
Wildcats: C.Tovey 15+6reb+3ast, M.Knight 11+6reb+2ast, B.Robbins 8+1reb+2ast, J.Wagstaff 8+1reb, D.Martin 7+2reb+2ast, K.Lisch 7+4reb+4ast
gschID: 94645




Berry Signs on with Coburg - by Eurobasket News
On the dawn of the first round 1 tip off, another journeyman has entered the already stacked Division Two Mens comp. The Coburg Giants have secured the services of Detroit local De Marcus Berry to join forces with some of the old returning Coburg boys in season 2K11.

The 64 combo guard who has played ball worldwide is armed with a jump shot that is simply water as soon as it leaves his hands, as well as the ability to make his teammates better; Berry is a huge coup for the Giants title hopes.

Im lovin Coburg, getting along really well with the players, the coach is great and Im just gonna try to help this team return to its winning ways.

It was a rough ride for the Giants last season, winning just 2 wins from 18 encounters. With a pretty depleted roster, Coburg has rolled up their sleeves so they dont see a similar season this year.

Berry will provide a plethora of options with a word he used a lot when describing his game: versatility. Well as far as skills go Im very versatile, I can shoot, handle the ball, pass and help out in the front and backcourt. Also leadership, Im a winner, always been a winner and hopefully will get more wins this season.

These skills were established in the playgrounds of Detroit, Michigan where he played pickup ball during his childhood. Like a lot of Detroit kids, you get a lot your skills from the playground. Detroit produces a lot of scorers, so if you cant score in Detroit, you cant play ball.

And no doubt score he will. During his college days, Berry was dropping 15 points a game, not to mention adding 5 odd boards and dimes to boot. It will be a scary proposition for opposing teams to deal with all the weapons Berry possesses, but hes looking forward to the challenge and likes what he sees in Big V as well as Basketball in Australia.

Big V is a great competition; I came and watched the pre-season tournament, its very good comp, good players coming right through from youth to championship. Its a good league with great publicity, the level of basketball in Australia is very high.

With an opening game looming against powerhouse Mildura, Berry isnt worried about the prospect of matching up with Jermaine Williams and Glen Barlow, but is more focused on what the Giants get done on the floor. Well as far as game plans its simple, go out and play hard, play physical and run. We do it in practice, thats what the team wants to do, doesnt matter what the opposition do, and its what we do. Its a statement game for us.

With a mouth that might just be quicker than his crossover, Berry will not be taking a single step backward in his and Coburgs hunt for a title. In a competition that has never looked so deep and talented, hell have his work cut out for him. But for this import, his arrival has the Giants believing again on the dawn of 2K11.
Courtesy of: bigv.com.au


Eltham sign Adrien Sturt - by Eurobasket News
Eltham is pleased to announce the addition of ex NBL player Adrien Sturt (209-C-86) to their SCM roster. Adrien who is currently playing professionally in Europe commented Its great to be part of Eltham and to be back in the Big V, I like the direction the club is going and I look forward to being part of it in 2011

Adrien was part of the 2008/2009 Tigers NBL Championship team and also won two Big V Championships in 2008 and 2009 with the Melbourne Tigers. Over the last two years Adrien has been playing in Europe and has been invited to play for the British National team. Last year he was also invited to the NBA European Camp, where several NBA clubs showed interest in him.

Eltham Championship Mens Head Coach Cameron Lloyd commented when asked about Adriens signing, I feel like a kid in a candy store. We now have the players to have a legitimate chance at playing finals for the first time in Eltham's Big V SCM history. Adrien will be a major key for us in 2011 and with the additions of Tommy Greer and Cameron Tragardh we potentially will have one of the most talented teams in the league.

Adrien will join the team in late March after completing his season in Europe and will certainly add immediate impact to Eltham and the BigV when he returns.
Courtesy of: bigv.com.au


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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Standings
Group A
 1. Gmunden 22-7 
 2. Arkadia 18-10 
 3. Oberwart 18-11 
 4. Furstenfeld 18-11 
 5. Klosterneub. 15-14 
 6. Kapfenberg 14-14 
Group B
 1. Wels 16-12 
 2. UBSC Graz 15-15 
 3. BC Vienna 12-17 
 4. Gussing 12-17 
 5. St.Polten 11-18 
 6. Worthersee 2-27 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  Furstenfeld
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.4 
 2. Vay, Arkadia20.0 
 3. Kennedy, Worth.19.4 
 4. Brokenboroug., Wel.18.9 
 5. Houston, Arkadia18.2 
 6. Shavies, Furstenf.17.8 
 7. Mayes, Gmunden17.5 
 8. Heard, Gussing17.1 
 9. Nagler, Klostern.16.6 
 10. Ray, Furstenfeld16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna9.7 
 2. Heard, Gussing9.2 
 3. Johnson, Oberwart8.5 
 4. Stazic, BC Vienna7.9 
 5. Volcic, Oberwart7.7 
 6. Vay, Arkadia7.7 
 7. Graham, UBSC G.7.5 
 8. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.7.4 
 9. Djuric, Gussing7.3 
 10. Mayer, Gmunden7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.7.8 
 2. Carr, BC Vienna7.3 
 3. Holcomb-Faye, Wels6.6 
 4. Danek, Arkadia6.0 
 5. Schreiner, St.Po.5.6 
 6. Miletic, UBSC G.4.7 
 7. Parker, Oberwart4.4 
 8. Stazic, BC Vienna4.4 
 9. Boylan, Gmunden4.3 
 10. Lanegger, Kapfe.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas SCHREINER
  St.Polten
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Schreiner, St.Po.2.4 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 3. Boylan, Gmunden2.3 
 4. Jandl, St.Polten2.2 
 5. Ray, Furstenfeld2.1 
 6. Parker, Oberwart2.0 
 7. Vay, Arkadia1.8 
 8. Artner, Oberwart1.7 
 9. Danek, Arkadia1.7 
 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.1.5 
 3. Hampton, Furstenf.1.4 
 4. Hicks, Furstenfeld1.2 
 5. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.2 
 6. Slack, Gmunden1.0 
 7. Sally, Oberwart1.0 
 8. Vay, Arkadia1.0 
 9. Heard, Gussing0.8 
 10. Miljkovic, BC Vi.0.8 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Baltic-League Round: 2 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Nevezis - Zalgiris 66-78
Zalgiris became the third semifinalists of Baltic League Elite Division season. They toppled Nevezis to complete the sweep of the quarterfinal series. Marcus Brown (193-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) and Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 15 points each to lead the effort. Nevezis surprised their opponents in the opening term. Led by Rolandas Alijevas (192-G-85) the hosts built a 23:15 lead after ten minutes. Marcus Brown scored quick four points at the start of the second term but Nevezis continued to stay in charge. They rallied to a confident 40:33 halftime advantage. Zalgiris got back to life at the beginning of the third term. The visitors exploded with 11 points in a row to surge in front. Zalgiris managed to eke out a 55:51 lead with ten minutes remaining. Marcus Brown and Klimavicius fired five points early in the fourth term as Zalgiris began sailing away. Paulius Jankunas and Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) gave the Kaunas powerhouse a 10-point lead with under three minutes to go. Nevezis failed to recover in the reminder of the contest and had to surrender at the end. Mantas Kalnietis delivered 12 points for the winners. Travis Watson (203-F/C-81, college: Virginia) produced 8 points for Zalgiris. Rolandas Alijevas accounted for 23 points, 11 boards and 5 assists for Nevezis. Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85) chipped in 16 points in the loss.

Siauliai - Lietuvos Rytas 72-85
Lietuvos Rytas became the final fourth participant of Baltic League Final Four. They swept the quarterfinal series against Siauliai tonight. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) scored 22 points to lead the Vilnius to the road win. Lietuvos Rytas overcame a 14-point deficit after the opening term to come out winners in this one. Siauliai used a strong 13:0 rally midway through the opening term to take a 25:9 lead. The hosts finished the first term up by 14 points 31:17. The margin grew at 19-point mark midway through the second term. But Lietuvos Rytas capped the first half on a 13:3 run to narrow the gap at 9 points 38:47. Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82) nailed 7 points in the third term as the visitors took over. Lietuvos Rytas denied the deficit as Steponas Babrauskas (197-G/F-84) made it 60:60 with ten minutes to go. Bajramovic, Brad Newley (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) and Steponas Babrauskas put Lietuvos Rytas in front 68:64 midway through the final term. Soon the gap grew at 15 points and Lietuvos Rytas did not loosen the grasp in the final minutes. Simas Jasaitis finished with 15 points, while Steponas Babrauskas and Brad Newley had 11 points each in the win. Darius Gvezdauskas (192-G-88) replied with 23 points for Siauliai. Vytautas Sarakauskas (203-C-82) had 11 points in the loss. Lietuvos Rytas will now take on VEF Riga in the semis.

TU/Rock - Ventspils 61-62
Ventspils swept their BBL quarterfinal series against TU/Rock. The Latvian team completed the sweep in Tartu tonight. Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut) hit a jumper with four seconds remaining in regulation to seal the winning outcome for the visitors. Ventspils became the first Baltic League Elite Division Final Four. The lead changed hands throughout intense first frame before Timo Eichfuss (200-F-88) gave the hosts a 16:13 lead. A seesaw action continued in the second term. Ventspils managed to pull in front posting a 30:29 lead after ten minutes. Rain Veideman (192-G-91) scored quick eight points midway through the third term as TU/Rock grabbed a 41:34 lead. But Ventspils managed to narrow the gap at just four points in one quarter remaining 43:47. The hosts were up by 6 points in just over three minutes remaining when Vairogs and Gulbis knocked down treys to trim the deficit. Gulbis then followed with another triple as the visitors got even closer. Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) hit another long bomb as the visitors pulled ahead 60:59 with 31 seconds remaining. Tsintsadze got fouled and converted both free throws to put TU/Rock in front but Rashad Anderson had the last laugh in this one bringing victory for Ventspils. Rashad Anderson and Tweety Carter (180-G-86, college: Baylor) knocked down 10 points each for Ventspils. Janis Strelnieks provided 9 points in the win. Timo Eichfuss responded with 12 points for TU/Rock. Marek Doronin (200-F/G-83) and Rain Veideman accounted for 10 points each in the loss.

Rudupis - VEF Riga 67-82
VEF Riga earned spot in the Baltic League Final Four. They swept their quarterfinal series against Rudupis. The decisive victory came tonight in Prienai. Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) scored 18 points to pace the Latvian team. The visitors opened the game with seven points in a row. Rudupis leveled things up late in the period and eventually pulled in front 18:17. But Dairis Bertans and Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) helped VEF to a 26:22 lead after ten minutes. VEF Riga tipped off the second term with 7 consecutive points to enlarge the margin. They rolled to a comfortable 41:31 lead at halftime. The visitors quickly cleared off to an 18-point advantage midway through the third term. The Latvian powerhouse stayed in front and accumulated a 63:50 advantage with one quarter remaining. Lipkevicius, Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89) and Justinas Sinica (203-F-85) gave hope for the hosts as they dragged Rudupis within 4 points with under five minutes remaining. But VEF Riga responded with six points in a row and never looked back en route to the victory. Kristaps Janicenoks provided 17 points for VEF Riga. Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87, college: Radford) had 12 points in the win. Adas Juskevicius replied with 20 points and 6 boards for Rudupis. Justinas Sinica accounted for 17 points in defeat.




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Pierce CALDWELL
  Liepaja
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Caldwell, Liepaja19.1 
 2. Bergmanis, Zemgale19.0 
 3. Jurevicus, Liepaja19.0 
 4. Osby, TT.18.9 
 5. Vasylius, Neptunas16.9 
 6. Talts, TU/Rock15.5 
 7. Juskevicius, Rudupis15.5 
 8. Parakhouski, VEF R.15.3 
 9. Dimsa, Nevezis15.0 
 10. Kjellbom, Norrkoping14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bambale OSBY
  TTU/Kalev
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Osby, TT.11.7 
 2. Kieza, Juventus9.8 
 3. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.9 
 4. Cipruss, Valmiera8.3 
 5. Matulis, Sakalai8.0 
 6. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.8.0 
 7. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.7.9 
 8. Rozitis, Zemgale7.5 
 9. Cepukaitis, Juven.7.4 
 10. Sarakauskas, Siauliai7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Rudupis
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Dainys, Rudupis5.3 
 2. Ezerskis, Techasas5.1 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai5.1 
 4. Kriisa, TT.4.9 
 5. Alijevas, Nevezis4.8 
 6. Rinkevicius, Techasas4.5 
 7. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.3 
 8. Viskontas, Perlas4.3 
 9. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.4.2 
 10. Vasiliauskas, Aiscai K.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Gintaras LEONAVICIUS
  Techasas
  (194-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Leonavicius, Techa.2.3 
 2. Broadus, Siauliai2.2 
 3. Vasylius, Neptunas1.9 
 4. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.9 
 5. Dainys, Rudupis1.8 
 6. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
 7. Leppik, TU/Rock1.7 
 8. Anderson, Ventspils1.7 
 9. Gabrans, Valmiera1.6 
 10. Veideman, TU/Rock1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.2 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.9 
 3. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.9 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.6 
 5. Silinskis, Techasas1.4 
 6. Cresnar, Nevezis1.3 
 7. Parakhouski, VEF R.1.3 
 8. Osby, TT.1.2 
 9. Cain, VEF Riga1.2 
 10. Hanke, Norrkoping1.2 


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D1 Round 24: Dexia Mons-Hainaut is upset by Optima Gent - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Quaregnon between third ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (12-8) and ninth ranked Optima Gent (4-17) on Saturday night. Dexia Mons-Hainaut was defeated by Optima Gent at home 94-84. They made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American power forward Monwell Randle (203-83, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) who scored 23 points and 7 rebounds. International guard Lionel Bosco (176-81, agency: Court Side) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!). Optima Gent's coach Yves Defraigne used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Ronell Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) who recorded 26 points and 6 rebounds. Optima Gent maintains ninth position with 4-17 record. Dexia Mons-Hainaut at the other side keeps the third place with eight games lost. Optima Gent are looking forward to face higher ranked Antwerp Giants (#4) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will play against Leuven Bears and is hoping to win this game.
Leader Spirou Charleroi delivered the eighteenth victory. This time they crushed 8th ranked Belgacom Liege (6-14) 74-50. It was a good game for American guard Demond Mallet (185-78, college: McNeese St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 4 assists. Justin Hamilton contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Spirou Charleroi's coach Giovanni Bozzi felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Naturalized DR Congolese swingman Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB, agency: SportsTalent) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds for Belgacom Liege. Spirou Charleroi (18-1) have an impressive ten-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Belgacom Liege lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 14 games lost. Spirou Charleroi will play against Leuven Bears (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Belgacom Liege will have a break next round.

In the last two games of round 24 Verviers-Pep. were defeated by Oostende in a road game 77-60. Aalstar beat Leuven at home 82-75.
The best stats of 24th round was 22 points and 10 rebounds by Christopher Young of Aalstar.



Oostende - Verviers-Pep. 77-60

There was no surprise when 7th ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (7-14) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Base Oostende (11-11) 77-60. VOO Verviers-Pepinster was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Base Oostende made 23-of-30 charity shots (76.7 percent) during the game. VOO Verviers-Pepinster was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American guard Darrel Mitchell (180-84, college: LSU, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory with 13 points and 9 rebounds. International guard Marcus Faison (196-78, college: Siena, agency: Lanshire Group) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Four Base Oostende players scored in double figures. Base Oostende's coach Jean-Marc Jaumin used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Georgian swingman Tornike Shengelia (205-91) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and American guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) added 12 points in the effort for VOO Verviers-Pepinster. Base Oostende maintains fifth position with 11-11 record. VOO Verviers-Pepinster at the other side keeps the seventh place with 14 games lost. Base Oostende will play against league's leader Spirou Charleroi on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against the league's second-placed Okapi Aalstar (#2) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Oostende: M.Faison 19+4reb+2ast, C.Green 15+2reb+3ast, D.Mitchell 13+9reb+3ast, S.Pelle 11+8reb, Q.Serron 9+1reb, D.Katnic 7+1reb+1ast
Verviers-Pep.: T.Shengelia 18+13reb+1ast, S.Jackson 12+3reb, D.Waters 9+1reb+4ast, R.Freeman 8+7reb, D.Jorssen 6+7reb, D.Jones 5+1ast
gschID: 98657


Liege - Charleroi 50-74

Leader Spirou Charleroi delivered the eighteenth victory. This time they crushed 8th ranked Belgacom Liege (6-14) 74-50. It looked good early as Belgacom Liege took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Spirou Charleroi had a 14-7 second period charge getting the lead and Belgacom Liege was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 50-74. Spirou Charleroi dominated on the defensive end, holding Belgacom Liege to just 7 points in second quarter. Spirou Charleroi forced 20 Belgacom Liege turnovers. It was a good game for American guard Demond Mallet (185-78, college: McNeese St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 4 assists. The other American import guard Justin Hamilton (191-80, college: Florida) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Spirou Charleroi's coach Giovanni Bozzi felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Naturalized DR Congolese swingman Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB, agency: SportsTalent) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and Croatian center Andrija Stipanovic (208-86) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Belgacom Liege. Spirou Charleroi (18-1) have an impressive ten-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Belgacom Liege lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 14 games lost. Spirou Charleroi will play against Leuven Bears (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Belgacom Liege will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Charleroi: D.Mallet 24+4ast, J.Gomis 13+4reb+2ast, J.Hamilton 13+7reb+2ast, A.Riddick 9+7reb, C.Beghin 6+4reb+1ast, B.Greene 6+7reb
Liege: W.Boss Mukubu 16+12reb+1ast, A.Stipanovic 14+8reb, P.Gillet 6+4reb, G.Muya 6+2reb+1ast, X.Collette 4+1reb+1ast, C.Bozeman 2+1reb
gschID: 98654


Aalstar - Leuven 82-75

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Okapi Aalstar (16-6) defeated at home 6th ranked Leuven Bears (7-12) 82-75. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-14. But Leuven Bears won second period 25-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American-Lithuanian power forward Christopher Young (206-79, college: Michigan, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). American swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Okapi Aalstar players scored in double figures. American guard James J.J. Miller (180-79, college: N.Carolina A&T, agency: Higher Vision Sports) replied with 21 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Brandon Freeman (191-83, college: UALR) added 18 points in the effort for Leuven Bears. Okapi Aalstar maintains second position with 16-6 record having just -1 points less than leader Charleroi. Leuven Bears at the other side keep the sixth place with 12 games lost. Okapi Aalstar will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Leuven Bears will play against the league's leader Spirou Charleroi and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Aalstar: C.Young 22+10reb, S.Burrell 17+4ast, A.Ruoff 16+3reb+3ast, A.Hilliard 13+11reb+4ast, C.Copeland 7+8reb+2ast, J.Steinbach 5+1reb+1ast
Leuven: J.J.J. Miller 21+6reb+2ast, B.Freeman 18+3reb+1ast, J.Tofi 11+5reb+1ast, A.Dagunduro 8+8reb+5ast, K.Melson 7+3reb+1ast, D.Lowhorn 6+5reb
gschID: 98655


M.Hainaut - Gent 84-94

The most important game in the last round took place in Quaregnon between third ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (12-8) and ninth ranked Optima Gent (4-17) on Saturday night. Dexia Mons-Hainaut was defeated by Optima Gent at home 94-84. They made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American power forward Monwell Randle (203-83, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) who scored 23 points and 7 rebounds. International guard Lionel Bosco (176-81, agency: Court Side) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!). Optima Gent's coach Yves Defraigne used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Ronell Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) who recorded 26 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Shan Foster (198-86, college: Vanderbilt) added 16 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Optima Gent maintains ninth position with 4-17 record. Dexia Mons-Hainaut at the other side keeps the third place with eight games lost. Optima Gent are looking forward to face higher ranked Antwerp Giants (#4) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will play against Leuven Bears and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Gent: M.Randle 23+7reb, L.Bosco 19+3reb+4ast, A.Hall 14+4reb+2ast, D.Loubry 12+1reb+3ast, M.Rose 9+1reb, S.Geukens 6+2reb
M.Hainaut: R.Taylor 26+6reb+3ast, S.Foster 16+4reb, R.Lewis 11+2reb+2ast, A.Nivins 10+4reb+2ast, J.Cage 9+6reb+1ast, A.Libert 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 98656




Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Charleroi 18-1 
 2. Aalstar 16-6 
 3. M.Hainaut 12-8 
 4. Antwerp 11-9 
 5. Oostende 11-11 
 6. Leuven 7-12 
 7. Verviers-Pep. 7-14 
 8. Liege 6-14 
 9. Gent 4-17 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Demond MALLET
  Charleroi
  (185-G-78)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Mallet, Charleroi16.8 
 2. Copeland, Aalstar16.5 
 3. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.7 
 4. Jackson, Verviers.15.4 
 5. Lojeski, Oostende15.4 
 6. Miller, Leuven15.3 
 7. Black, Antwerp14.8 
 8. Waters, Verviers.14.8 
 9. Hilliard, Aalstar14.6 
 10. Lewis, M.Hainaut14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rashaun FREEMAN
  Verviers-Pep.
  (206-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Freeman, Verviers.8.0 
 2. Hilliard, Aalstar7.9 
 3. Young, Aalstar7.7 
 4. Randle, Gent7.5 
 5. Tofi, Leuven7.2 
 6. Stipanovic, Liege6.7 
 7. Jackson, Verviers.6.5 
 8. Copeland, Aalstar6.4 
 9. Brown, Antwerp6.3 
 10. Riddick, Charleroi6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Oostende
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Mitchell, Oostende4.5 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut3.9 
 3. Dagunduro, Leuven3.5 
 4. Waters, Verviers.3.3 
 5. Hopkins, Antwerp3.1 
 6. Lewis, M.Hainaut2.9 
 7. Mallet, Charleroi2.9 
 8. Miller, Leuven2.8 
 9. Moors, Antwerp2.6 
 10. Black, Antwerp2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Michael JENKINS
  Liege
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jenkins, Liege2.8 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut2.7 
 3. Hopkins, Antwerp2.4 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi2.3 
 5. Mitchell, Oostende2.0 
 6. Wilson, Antwerp1.9 
 7. Dagunduro, Leuven1.9 
 8. Taylor, M.Hainaut1.7 
 9. Lojeski, Oostende1.6 
 10. Bosco, Gent1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Mejri, Antwerp1.7 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi1.6 
 3. Johnson, Aalstar1.2 
 4. Tofi, Leuven0.8 
 5. Randle, Gent0.8 
 6. Young, Aalstar0.7 
 7. Stipanovic, Liege0.5 
 8. Pelle, Oostende0.5 
 9. Hall, Gent0.4 
 10. De Zeeuw, Gent0.4 


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Krupalija continues to dominate in France - by Nedzad Kladusak
Sabit Hadzic recently admitted that he will invite to the NT camp since Krupalija is currently in an excellent shape. Today he recorded an impressive double-double scoring 25 points and pulling down 14 boards for a sensational valuation of 37!! He currently averages 19,4 valuation points which makes him a serious candidate for the MVP-title of the french Pro A.

Edin Bavcic began the season with Enel Brindisi but didn t stay for long since his role has been really limited. Later he joined Khimik an ukrainian team that tries to avoid relegation. It s been a kind of a surprise when the famous greek team announced the signing of Bavcic. In his first game again Panathinaikos he played only 16 minutes which he used for 13 points, 7 rebs and 3 assists (valuation 18). Bavcic evolved to a player who plays much closer to the paint than he used to do with KK Bosna.

Ermin Jazvin also signed for teams this season and has currently good chances to play in an european competition next season. Yesterday he played with his team Energa Czarni against Anwil Wroclawek led by Bosnian coach Emir Mutapcic. Jazvin had 15 points and 13 boards in only 20 minutes for a total valuation of 18 which was not enough to defeat the hosts. Jazvin averages 9,4 points and 5 rebs per game.


Senad Muminovic takes over Darda - by Eurobasket News
According to the various reports from Bosnian and Croatian media, BC Darda has appointed Senad Muminovic as new Head Coach. Muminovic so far led BC Sloboda Dita which he has turned in a serious contender in Bosnian League. However after failing to take Sloboda to Final 6 this season, Muminovic has left the team and has decided to take on the new challenge. He is expected to help Darda avoid relegation from Croatian A1 League.
Senad Muminovic s first Head Coaching gig was during 2001-2002 season when he took over BC Konjic. In 2005, he moved to BC Sloboda Dita where he was appointed Assistant Coach. In January of 2006 he was promoted to Head Coach of Sloboda Dita. He worked with the club for the next 5 seasons and has led them to 3 Playoff Semifinals appearances. He has also recorded Cup Finals appearance in 2010, but has felt short of winning in. In 2007, Muminovic won personal award when he was voted Coach of the year. He also worked with U18 Bosnia National Team in 2007, while in 2008 he was Assistant Coach with the Bosnia Senior National Team.


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PF Gerson Junior wins national championship of JC - by Paulo Freire
Two brazilians had experience a batlte in the national title game at the Hutchinson Sports Arena.

The College of Southern Idaho claimed the school's third national championship in men's basketball and first since 1987 Saturday night in Hutchinson, Kan., with a 72-64 victory over Midland College (Texas). Ironically, CSI defeated Midland in the 1987 title game.

CSI (33-4) took a 39-26 at the half thanks to shooting 64% from the field. However, Midland climbed back in the second half to make a run at the title. Guy Landry's late three-pointer with less than 15 seconds left in the contest cut the Golden Eagles' lead to just five, but Tournament MVP Pierre Jackson sank three of four free throws down the stretch to seal a national championship for NJCAA's Region 18 for the second time in three years (Salt Lake CC, Utah - 2009).


Gerson Junior (207-C-91) played only 11 minutes, had 4 points and grab 2 rebounds but the freshmann had a a big role in the team all season long averaging 8.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 0.6 apg and 0.5 bpg in 18.3 minutes on court. Point Guard Marcel Campos (178-G-88) from Midland did not played the final game.

In addition to 1987, Southern Idaho also won the national championship in 1976.


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Standings A2
Division A Standings
 1. Dunav 2007 17-0 
 2. Academik PL 12-3 
 3. Beroe 12-4 
 4. Vidabasket 9-6 
 5. NSA 9-8 
 6. Rilski 2 8-7 
 7. Balkan 2 8-8 
 8. Cherno More U18 6-11 
 9. Chavdar 5-12 
 10. Sportist Svoge 3-15 
 11. Academik BL 1-16 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ivan LILOV
  Rilski Sportist
  (196-F/G-88)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Lilov, Rilski S.23.7 
 2. Lauderdale, Cherno.23.2 
 3. Harper, Levski22.3 
 4. Dimitrov, Spartak19.5 
 5. Bozov, Balkan17.5 
 6. Naydenov, Chernomo.16.8 
 7. Govedarov, Tundja15.6 
 8. Davidov, Balkan15.0 
 9. Yanev, Cherno More14.6 
 10. Kambala, Lukoil A.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Levski
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.13.1 
 2. Varbanov, Tundja11.3 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More8.5 
 4. Georgiev, Levski7.5 
 5. Todorov, Spartak7.5 
 6. Kolev, Cherno More7.1 
 7. Radojevic, Rilski S.7.1 
 8. Peterson, Lukoil A.7.0 
 9. Morton, Balkan6.8 
 10. Dimitrov, Spartak6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Levski
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Crowe, Levski5.9 
 2. Bozov, Balkan4.3 
 3. Govedarov, Tundja4.2 
 4. Alexiev, Cherno M.4.1 
 5. Dyakovski, Spartak4.1 
 6. James, Lukoil A.4.0 
 7. Heath, Lukoil A.3.9 
 8. Gruev, Rilski S.3.7 
 9. Zahariev, Chernomo.3.7 
 10. Gonner, Balkan3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Levski
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Crowe, Levski2.3 
 2. Bozov, Balkan2.1 
 3. Heath, Lukoil A.1.9 
 4. Dimitrov, Spartak1.9 
 5. Lilov, Rilski S.1.8 
 6. Zahariev, Chernomo.1.7 
 7. Finzgar, Tundja1.7 
 8. Radionov, Tundja1.7 
 9. James, Lukoil A.1.7 
 10. Stojanovski, Lukoil A.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Levski
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.2.4 
 2. Doychinov, Balkan1.3 
 3. Varbanov, Tundja1.1 
 4. Mijovic, Rilski S.0.8 
 5. Radojevic, Rilski S.0.8 
 6. Banev, Lukoil A.0.7 
 7. Cole, Levski0.7 
 8. Vaklinov, Rilski S.0.7 
 9. Petkov, Tundja0.6 
 10. Iliev, Cherno More0.6 


Hrisimir Dimitrov claims Bulgarian NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced former international swingman Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-G/F-74) had an amazing evening in the last round for Spartak and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 36-year old swingman had the game-high 25 points adding two rebounds and seven assists for Spartak in his team's victory, helping them to beat Levski (#2, 17-5) 89-74. Spartak maintains the 7th position in Bulgarian NBL. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Spartak have already lost 16 games and recorded just six victories. In the team's last game Dimitrov had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Spartak's top player in his first season with the team. Dimitrov has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.5ppg) and averages solid 62.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old international Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78) of second-ranked Levski Sofia. Georgiev impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Levski lost that game 74-89 to the lower-ranked Spartak (#7, 6-16). Levski managed to keep the same second spot in the standings. His team's 17-5 record is not bad at all. Georgiev is one of the most experienced players at Levski and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Dwayne Morton (200-F-71) of Balkan Botevgrad (#3). Morton showcased his all-around game by recording 8 points, ten rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Balkan, leading his team to a 75-72 win against the lower-ranked Cherno More (#6, 8-14). Balkan needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 10 lost games. Morton has a great season in Bulgaria. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.8rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88) of Rilski Sportist - 23 points and 3 rebounds
5. Krum Doychinov (206-C-86) of Balkan - 18 points and 5 rebounds
6. Simeon Iliev (202-F-89) of Cherno More - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Travis Peterson (208-C-85) of Lukoil Academik - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Todor Todorov (198-F-82) of Spartak - 19 points and 9 rebounds
9. Nikolay Varbanov (209-C-85) of Tundja - 16 points and 8 rebounds
10. Stanislav Slaveykov (198-F-86) of Levski - 16 points and 8 rebounds

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


Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 22-0 
 2. Levski 17-5 
 3. Balkan 12-10 
 4. Rilski Sportist 10-12 
 5. Tundja 9-13 
 6. Cherno More 8-14 
 7. Spartak 6-16 
 8. Chernomorets 4-18 


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Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Luka PETKOVIC
  Svjetlost
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Petkovic, Svjetlost22.1 
 2. Puljko, Kvarner .21.8 
 3. Zitko, Trogir18.9 
 4. Mimica, KK Split18.4 
 5. Krapic, Zabok17.6 
 6. Sobin, KK Split16.6 
 7. Saric, Dubrava16.4 
 8. Krolo, Darda16.2 
 9. Ridl, Darda16.0 
 10. Bakovic, Darda15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante KRAPIC
  Cibona
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Krapic, Zabok9.4 
 2. Krolo, Darda8.8 
 3. Saric, Dubrava8.7 
 4. Radic, Alkar Sinj8.3 
 5. Sobin, KK Split8.2 
 6. Ragsdale, Kvarner .6.3 
 7. Ruzic, Borik6.2 
 8. Ridl, Darda6.2 
 9. Grgurevic, KK Split5.5 
 10. Zupic, Alkar Sinj5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Milan KARAKAS
  Trogir
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Karakas, Trogir5.1 
 2. Petkovic, Svjetlost4.6 
 3. Blajic, Alkar Sinj4.3 
 4. Blajic, Trogir4.3 
 5. Tomeljak, Zabok3.9 
 6. Delas, Alkar Sinj3.6 
 7. Jugo, Kvarner 20103.3 
 8. Katic, KK Split3.1 
 9. Sarac, Svjetlost3.0 
 10. Subotic, KK Split3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Teo PETANI
  Borik
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Petani, Borik2.2 
 2. Anzulovic, Alkar Sinj2.1 
 3. Saric, Dubrava2.1 
 4. Kamaldin, Darda1.9 
 5. Puljko, Kvarner .1.9 
 6. Tomeljak, Zabok1.8 
 7. Blajic, Trogir1.8 
 8. Swift, Darda1.8 
 9. Zitko, Trogir1.7 
 10. Skific, Borik1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip KRALJEVIC
  Zabok
  (214-F-89)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Kraljevic, Zabok1.4 
 2. Vladovic, Trogir1.4 
 3. Vitali, Trogir1.3 
 4. Krolo, Darda1.2 
 5. Sobin, KK Split1.1 
 6. Ragsdale, Kvarner .1.0 
 7. Saric, Dubrava0.9 
 8. Sarlija, Borik0.8 
 9. Vukicevic, Svjetlost0.8 
 10. Ridl, Darda0.8 


A1 Standings
A1 Standings
 1. KK Split 16-3 
 2. Borik 12-7 
 3. Alkar Sinj 11-8 
 4. Dubrovnik 10-8 
 5. Zabok 10-9 
 6. Kvarner 2010 9-9 
 7. Darda 8-10 
 8. Svjetlost 7-11 
 9. Dubrava 5-13 
 10. Trogir 4-14 
Play in international cups:
 1. Cedevita
 2. Cibona
 3. KK Zagreb CO
 4. Zadar


Senad Muminovic takes over Darda - by Eurobasket News
According to the various reports from Bosnian and Croatian media, BC Darda has appointed Senad Muminovic as new Head Coach. Muminovic so far led BC Sloboda Dita which he has turned in a serious contender in Bosnian League. However after failing to take Sloboda to Final 6 this season, Muminovic has left the team and has decided to take on the new challenge. He is expected to help Darda avoid relegation from Croatian A1 League.
Senad Muminovic s first Head Coaching gig was during 2001-2002 season when he took over BC Konjic. In 2005, he moved to BC Sloboda Dita where he was appointed Assistant Coach. In January of 2006 he was promoted to Head Coach of Sloboda Dita. He worked with the club for the next 5 seasons and has led them to 3 Playoff Semifinals appearances. He has also recorded Cup Finals appearance in 2010, but has felt short of winning in. In 2007, Muminovic won personal award when he was voted Coach of the year. He also worked with U18 Bosnia National Team in 2007, while in 2008 he was Assistant Coach with the Bosnia Senior National Team.


Velimir Perasovic and Efes Pilsen part ways - by Eurobasket News
Velimir Perasovic (agency: Interperformances ) has left the Head Coaching post at Efes Pilsen. The Croatian specialist has resigned after the unexpected home loss against Mersin in TBL. This coupled with Euroleague and Turkish Cup exits has contributed to the team management starting to look for other options. It remains to be seen what the future holds for Perasovic, while Efes has appointed Ufuk Sarica as interim coach.
After a rich playing career, Velimir Perasovic (agency: Interperformances ) was appointed as Sports Director of BC Split in 2003. In 2004, he constructed the team which won the Croatian Cup. Following season, Perasovic signed with Caja San Fernando as their head coach, but was fired in March of 2005. For season 2005-2006, a promising coach Perasovic was given a chance at Tau Vitoria. Perasovic repaid the faith shown in him by leading Tau to Spanish Copa del Rey title and Spanish ACB Supercup in 2006. In the same season, Tau played in Euroleague Semifinals as well as Spanish ACB Finals. Still in March of 2007, in his 2nd season with Tau, Perasovic had to resign due to the health problems. Prior to signing with Cibona, Perasovic also coached at MMT Estudiantes Madrid. In three seasons with Cibona, Perasovic has won three consecutive National Titles and two National Cups.


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Semi-Finals: AEL beat Keravnos in Strovolos and is now leading 1-0 - by Chris Mammides
There is no more a home advantage for Keravnos as the series will now go to Limassol after the amazing victory of the Basketball Queen over the Strovolos team.
Proteas Danoi AEL succeeded another great road win after beating the team of Strovolos which theoretically was the top favorite team among the two the go to the finals. At this stage Proteas Danoi AEL is most definitely the favorite to play against (probably) APOEL int he finals as in Melford Arena, Keravnos can't win and also Coach Memos Ioannou has neve being able to win in Limassol.
The result of the game was 74-85 and in three days time the team of Limassol will try to win the game in ts home court in order to finish once and for all with the Strovolos team.
MVP of the game and top performer was the newcomer Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85) who scored 22 points while he dashed down 7 rebounds and basically beat all his opponents in the paint nearly in all the 'personal' battles.
On the other hand, the home team was awful in all aspects, the key figures stayed in their homes as they never went into the game and they never realized hoc serious this game was for their team. Furthermore, the newcomer Micevic's performance and overall appearence in the court was lower than the management and coaching team expected after scoring all and all one basket and a total of two points. The only survivor in the sinking boat of Keravnos was Johnson who scored 15 points and gave his best self to overcome Proteas Danoi AEL's tough defense.
Keravnos was not tough in defense neither passionate for the victory, the players were playing as if they were very tired, with no clear minds and with no any defensive mood. Proteas Danoi AEL's parameter was really very good and three players did the difference as other than Stevan Milosevic, Delic scored 22 points with 4 three pointers while Ewing finished the game with 19 points.
Memos Ioannou saw his team to be missing 23 points by the end of the third quarter, (72-49) and tried to push his players in a game which actually finished at least 25 minutes after it started. It is most unfortunate for Keavnos that for another season lost a great chance to be in the finals, now there serious doubts whether the Strovolos team will make it there!.
Top scorers for the home team other than Johnson were Stefanovic with 11 and Cummings with 10.


Standings - Division A
Division A Standings
 1. APOEL 13-3 
 2. Keravnos 11-5 
 3. Apollon 10-6 
 4. Etha 10-6 
 5. Achilleas 8-8 
 6. AEL 6-10 
 7. AEK 5-11 
 8. Omonia 5-11 
 9. ENAD 4-12 


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Nymburk crowned 2011 Cup winners - by Eurobasket News
Nymburk - Novy Jicin 86:85 (OT)

Nymburk claimed the 2011 Czech Cup title. They overcame Novy Jicin in a spectacular overtime drama in Opava. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Washington) knocked down 20 points to lead Nymburk to yet another trophy in Czech basketball.
Noby Jicin put up a real fight from the starting minutes. They led by four points 26:22 after ten minutes. The margin grew at 5 points at halftime 49:44. More to come as Novy Jicin opened a 12-point lead in the third term 68:56. Nymburk reacted with five points in a row to narrow the gap to 7 points at the end of the third term. The Czech champions managed to level things up at 72 midway through the third term. The teams traded baskets before Sarovic sent the game into overtime. Necas, Slezak and Michael Lenzly (189-G-81, college: Wofford) proved deadly from the stripe in the final minutes and Nymburk escaped with a tough victory at the end. Sokolovksy knocked down 15 points for Nymburk. Michael Lenzly provided 13 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Wesley Channels (190-G-88, college: Austin Peay St.) answered with 20 points for Novy Jicin. Corey Muirhead (198-F-83, college: W.Carolina) accounted for 15 points in defeat.

Nymburk: Chester Simmons 20, Ladislav Sokolovsky (200-F-77) 15, Michael Lenzly 13
Novy Jicin: Wesley Channels 20, Corey Muirhead 15

Decin celebrated the third place as they overcame Prostejov 82:69 in consolation final. Pavel Houska (201-F-84) fired 29 points and grabbed 17 boards to lead the charge. Eugene Lawrence (184-G-86, college: St.John's) responded with 19 points for Prostejov.



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  DENMARK   


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Thomas SOLTAU
  SISU
  (210-F-82)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Soltau, SISU22.8 
 2. Morris, Aabyhoj22.6 
 3. Hall, Aalborg21.7 
 4. Brasas, Amager BK21.1 
 5. Colas, Vaerlose19.8 
 6. Roberts, Naestved18.8 
 7. Voskuil, Horsens IC18.8 
 8. Dennis, SISU18.8 
 9. Iversen, Svendborg18.7 
 10. Falkner, Aalborg16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Stirling S.
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Roberts, Naestved13.2 
 2. Colas, Vaerlose10.5 
 3. Morris, Aabyhoj9.9 
 4. St.John, Horsens IC9.7 
 5. Falkner, Aalborg9.6 
 6. Johansen, Naestved9.4 
 7. Soltau, SISU8.8 
 8. Williams, Svendborg7.6 
 9. Rutherford, SISU7.1 
 10. Hakanowitz, Horsh.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Naestved
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Smedley, Naestved6.6 
 2. Claitt, Horsens IC5.5 
 3. Hall, Aalborg5.2 
 4. Dennis, SISU4.6 
 5. Nielsen, Horsholm4.1 
 6. Burgess, Bakken4.1 
 7. Martin, Aabyhoj4.1 
 8. Darboe, Svendborg3.9 
 9. Jensen, Vaerlose3.7 
 10. Nielsen, SISU3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Marquis HALL
  Aalborg
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Hall, Aalborg3.8 
 2. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.1 
 3. Dennis, SISU1.9 
 4. Burgess, Bakken1.9 
 5. Jakobsen, Bakken1.8 
 6. Colman, Svendborg1.8 
 7. Jukic, Aabyhoj1.8 
 8. Nielsen, Horsholm1.8 
 9. Smedley, Naestved1.7 
 10. Roberts, Naestved1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.1 
 2. Blackmon, Horsholm1.7 
 3. Christoffers., Bak.1.6 
 4. Colas, Vaerlose1.4 
 5. Roberts, Naestved1.1 
 6. St.John, Horsens IC0.8 
 7. Brown, SISU0.8 
 8. McGinn, Aalborg0.7 
 9. Johansen, Naestved0.7 
 10. Marinkovic, Horsholm0.6 


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  D-LEAGUE   


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 33-11 
 2. Erie Bay H. 28-16 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 21-23 
 4. Dakota W. 17-28 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 10-33 
Southwest Division
 1. Rio Grande 30-14 
 2. Tulsa 66ers 30-15 
 3. Texas L. 20-24 
 4. Austin T. 19-24 
 5. New Mexico 17-27 
 6. Maine RC 15-28 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 29-16 
 2. Bakersfield J. 27-16 
 3. Utah F. 25-18 
 4. Idaho S. 19-25 
 5. Springfield A. 11-33 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Bakersfield J.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.25.9 
 2. Johnson, Erie B.21.8 
 3. Jeffers, Iowa E.21.1 
 4. Adrien, Rio Grande19.9 
 5. Alexander, Texas L.19.7 
 6. Ewing, Sioux F.19.7 
 7. McNeal, Rio Grande19.5 
 8. Dentmon, Texas L.19.3 
 9. Sims, Maine RC19.2 
 10. Stinson, Iowa E.18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Golde State W.
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande12.2 
 2. Ewing, Sioux F.10.2 
 3. Davidson, Idaho S.10.1 
 4. Sims, Iowa E.9.6 
 5. Williams, Texas L.9.4 
 6. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.2 
 7. Johnson, Dakota W.9.2 
 8. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.1 
 9. Alexander, Texas L.9.0 
 10. Cousin, Austin T.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.4 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.6 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.9 
 5. Crittenton, Dakota W.7.6 
 6. Jackson, Idaho S.7.2 
 7. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 8. Johnson, Austin T.6.2 
 9. Ahearn, Erie Bay H.5.8 
 10. Reynolds, Spring.5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Javaris CRITTENTON
  Dakota W.
  (196-G-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Crittenton, Dakota W.2.6 
 2. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 3. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 4. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.3 
 5. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 6. Reynolds, Spring.2.0 
 7. Greene, Utah F.2.0 
 8. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 9. Shakur, Rio Grande1.9 
 10. Jeffers, Iowa E.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Williams, Texas L.2.8 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.2.8 
 3. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.4 
 4. Atchley, Rio Grande2.2 
 5. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 6. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.1 
 7. Gladness, Dakota W.2.0 
 8. Gaffney, Utah F.2.0 
 9. Alabi, Erie Bay H.1.9 
 10. Sykes, Sioux F.1.8 


Saturday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Bakersfield J. - Erie Bay H. 126-98
Drew Naymick (6'11''-C-85, agency: Warren Sports International) had 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead a balanced attack for the Bakersfield Jam in a 126-98 rout of the Erie (Pa.) Bayhawks on Saturday night at the Jam Events Center. Trey Johnson (6'5''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Jackson St.) added 21 points and 10 assists one night after a 48-point effort for the Jam in Friday's 123-121 loss to the Bayhawks in double overtime. Stephen Dennis chipped 22 points and eight assists, and Derrick Byars scored 19 for Bakersfield (27-16), which shot 56.5 percent from the field. Ivan Johnson scored 25 points to lead Erie (28-16). The Jam will play Tuesday and Wednesday nights in Albuquerque, N.M., against the New Mexico Thunderbirds. *Courtesy of www.bakersfield.com

Ft.Wayne MA - Springfield A. 119-110
In a nationally televised game on the Versus network and in front of 6,659 fans, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants defeated the Springfield Armor 119-110 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. With four players contributing 20 points or more, Fort Wayne maintained control throughout the game to earn their 21st win of the season and keep a hold on the 8th spot in the playoffs. The Mad Ants were led by Darnell Lazare (6'8''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU) and Chris Kramer (6'3''-G-88, college: Purdue), who each scored 22 points. Rod Wilmont and Ryan Wittman provided hot shooting from outside by each hitting 5 three pointers, and each player scored 21 points. The Armor were led by Scottie Reynolds' 25 points, and Gavin Edwards chipped in 18 points off the bench for the visiting team. *Courtesy of www.wane.com

Rio Grande - Austin T. 118-103
Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette) picked up where he left off, helping the Vipers take down the Austin Toros 118-103 Saturday night. Fresh off a 10-day stint with the New Orleans Hornets, McNeal dropped in 18 points in his first game back with Rio Grande Valley. Jon Scheyer (6'5''-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Duke) led the Vipers with a career-high 27 points in 36 minutes while Richard Roby and Patrick Sullivan each added 20. The Vipers (30-14) next welcome Idaho (19-25) on Monday at 7:00 pm. *Courtesy of www.krgv.com

Idaho S. - Dakota W. 108-112
Three Stampede players finished with double-doubles, but it wasn't enough as the Dakota Wizards defeated Idaho 112-108 on Saturday night at Qwest Arena. Luke Babbitt (6'9''-F-89, college: Nevada) had 24 points and 11 rebounds, Jermareo Davidson (6'10''-F-84, college: Alabama) had 16 points and 12 rebounds and Cedric Jackson finished with 15 points and 12 assists. But Dakota countered with a 30-point effort from Anthony Goods. Sean Banks had 17 points and Tony Bobbitt added 16 for Idaho, but the Stampede were hurt by 16 turnovers that led to 20 Dakota points. Idaho, which had a two-game winning streak snapped, dropped to 19-25. It plays its next four games on the road. *Courtesy of www.idahostatesman.com

Utah F. - Reno Bighorns 81-91
Double-doubles from Patrick O'Bryant (7'0''-C-86, college: Bradley) and Bobby Simmons (6'7''-F/G-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida St.) coupled with a strong defensive effort by Reno led the Bighorns to a 91-81 win over the Utah Flash on Saturday night in the UCCU Events Center. O'Bryant finished with 16 points and season-high-tying 17 rebounds, while Simmons chipped in with his second double-double in as many nights, scoring 13 points and grabbing 12 boards. The win gave Reno (29-16) a new franchise record for wins in a season and a weekend sweep over the Flash (25-18). It also gave the Horns the season series over Utah, six games to four. The Flash trailed by just four points entering the fourth quarter, but Reno opened the final period on a 13-2 run to stretch the lead to 15. Utah fought back late, cutting the lead to seven points with three minutes remaining, but the Bighorns held on for their 14th win in their last 18 games. Marcus Landry led the Bighorns in scoring with 18 points, while Jeremy Lin added 16 points and six rebounds. Reno held Utah to just 31.5 percent shooting on the night, the lowest field goal percentage by a Bighorns' opponent in franchise history. Andre Ingram led five Flash players in double figures, finishing with 19 points off the bench. Ronald Dupree added a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. With just five regular season games remaining, Reno has clinched a playoff berth for the second-consecutive season. The Horns travel to Sioux Falls, S.D. next Friday and Saturday to take on the Sioux Falls Skyforce, with both games set to tip-off at 5 p.m. PT. The Bighorns return home on Tuesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. against the Austin Toros. *Courtesy of www.kolotv.com

New Mexico - Tulsa 66ers 99-86
The New Mexico Thunderbirds (17-27) used a big second quarter in which they outscored the Tulsa 66ers (30-15) by 20 points to key a 99-86 victory. The Tulsa 66ers jumped out to an early 7-0 in the first quarter, keyed by a couple of early 3-pointers from Larry Owens (6'7''-G/F-83, college: ORU). It took the T-Birds nearly three minutes to score their first points of the game. The T-Birds got within one point a couple of different times in the quarter, but then as time expired in the first quarter Matt Bouldin hit a 3-pointer and was fouled for a four point play that gave the 66ers a 23-18 lead. The T-Birds used a big second quarter in which they outscored the 66ers 29-9 to take a 15 point half time lead. With 5:36 to go in the second quarter, Tulsa led 30-28. The Thunderbirds then closed the half on a 19-2 run to take a 47-32 lead. Dar Tucker (6'4''-F-88, college: De Paul) led all scorers with 10 points in the half including two late 3-pointers during the T-Birds run. In the third quarter, the 66ers were able to cut the T-Birds lead to 13 with on a Ryan Reid layup with 6:37 to go in the quarter. The Thunderbirds then finished the quarter on a 17-8 run capped by a J.R. Giddens tip in with one second to go in the quarter to give them their largest lead of the game 76-54. The T-Birds would hold off a late run by the 66ers in the fourth quarter and go on to win by 0 points. For the second straight night Dar Tucker led a balanced T-Birds scoring attack with 26 points. Four other T-Birds also scored double digit points. *Courtesy of D-League



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EMKL Round 30: BC Rakvere loses to TTU/Kalev in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in EMKL.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Tallinn. Third ranked host TTU/Kalev (22-7) defeated one of their biggest challengers BC Rakvere (15-15) 93-85. BC Rakvere trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 25-22 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 85-93 at the end of the game. 29 personal fouls committed by BC Rakvere helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international guard Valmo Kriisa (190-74) scored 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American-DR Congolese forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland) chipped in 13 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Latvian guard Raimonds Vaikulis (191-80, agency: RIZO) with 27 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. TTU/Kalev maintains third position with 22-7 record having eight points less than leader Kalev/Cramo. BC Rakvere at the other side keeps the fourth place with 15 games lost. TTU/Kalev are looking forward to face Valga/CKE (#5) at home in the next round. BC Rakvere will play against the league's second-placed TU/Rock in Tartu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Tallinn was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Valga/CKE (12-17) played at the court of 7th ranked TTU/Kalev II (10-19). Valga/CKE defeated TTU/Kalev II 88-76. American forward Anthony Brown (203-86, college: Oklahoma St.) notched a double-double by scoring 22 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and Veljo Vares supported him with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Even a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds by American center Andrew Arnold (208-86, college: Lewis-Clark) did not help to save the game for TTU/Kalev II. Valga/CKE moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Rapla. TTU/Kalev II at the other side keeps the seventh position with 19 games lost. Valga/CKE will play against higher ranked TTU/Kalev (#3) in Tallinn in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. TTU/Kalev II will play on the road against Rapla (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Third ranked TTU/Kalev (22-7) crushed at home 8th ranked KK Parnu (8-23) by 37 points 102-65, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. The best player for the winners was Bambale Osby who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. TTU/Kalev's coach Ullar Kerde felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was Toomas Raadik who recorded 20 points and 6 rebounds. TTU/Kalev maintains third position with 22-7 record having eight points less than leader Kalev/Cramo. Loser KK Parnu keeps the eighth place with 23 games lost. TTU/Kalev will meet at home Valga/CKE (#5) in the next round. KK Parnu will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 30 bottom-ranked Voru KK lost to Rapla on the opponent's court 88-94.



TTU/Kalev - Parnu 102-65

Third ranked TTU/Kalev (22-7) crushed at home 8th ranked KK Parnu (8-23) by 37 points 102-65, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. The game without a history. TTU/Kalev 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 KK Parnu's 34. TTU/Kalev forced 26 KK Parnu turnovers and outrebounded them 55-31 including a 23-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American-DR Congolese forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. Forward Erik Keedus (194-90) chipped in 17 points. Osby is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five TTU/Kalev players scored in double figures. TTU/Kalev's coach Ullar Kerde felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Toomas Raadik (198-90) who recorded 20 points and 6 rebounds and guard Elgar Tamsalu (182-87) added 15 points respectively. TTU/Kalev maintains third position with 22-7 record having eight points less than leader Kalev/Cramo. Loser KK Parnu keeps the eighth place with 23 games lost. TTU/Kalev will meet at home Valga/CKE (#5) in the next round. KK Parnu will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
TTU/Kalev: M.Kurg 18+2reb+1ast, E.Keedus 17+3reb+1ast, B.Osby 15+15reb, M.Klementsov 13+5reb+3ast, A.Parn 10+5reb+2ast, K.Makke 9+4reb
Parnu: T.Raadik 20+6reb+2ast, E.Tamsalu 15+1reb+2ast, R.Karner 11+4reb+1ast, M.Karg 8+3reb, T.Hamarsalu 4+8reb+2ast, J.Larionov 4+1ast
gschID: 119598


TTU/Kalev - Rakvere 93-85

The game between Top Four teams took place in Tallinn. Third ranked host TTU/Kalev (22-7) defeated one of their biggest challengers BC Rakvere (15-15) 93-85. BC Rakvere trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 25-22 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 85-93 at the end of the game. 29 personal fouls committed by BC Rakvere helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international guard Valmo Kriisa (190-74) scored 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American-DR Congolese forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland) chipped in 13 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Osby is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The best for the losing side was Latvian guard Raimonds Vaikulis (191-80, agency: RIZO) with 27 points and 5 rebounds and Latvian forward Ivars Timermanis (202-82, agency: Alti Sport) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. TTU/Kalev maintains third position with 22-7 record having eight points less than leader Kalev/Cramo. BC Rakvere at the other side keeps the fourth place with 15 games lost. TTU/Kalev are looking forward to face Valga/CKE (#5) at home in the next round. BC Rakvere will play against the league's second-placed TU/Rock in Tartu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TTU/Kalev: V.Kriisa 22+8reb+3ast, C.Archibald 20+5reb+1ast, B.Osby 13+12reb+1ast, I.Pilk 11+2reb+2ast, M.Klementsov 9+4reb+3ast, K.Makke 5+4reb
Rakvere: R.Vaikulis 27+5reb+3ast, I.Timermanis 19+13reb, M.Hall 14+1reb+2ast, J.Vahter 10+5reb, M.Dorbek 9+3reb, B.McGee 2+3reb
gschID: 119595


Rapla - Voru KK 94-88

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Voru KK (1-30) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Rapla (12-17) 94-88 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Voru KK won third quarter 16-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rapla made 32-of-41 free shots (78.0 percent) during the game, while Voru KK only scored fifteen points from the stripe. The best player for the winners was swingman Rannar Raap (187-92) who scored 28 points. Power forward Raido Ringmets (204-83) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Curtis Allen (193-85, college: ORU) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import forward Juan Wyatt (203-84, college: Alcorn St.) added 16 points and 14 rebounds respectively. Four Rapla and five Voru KK players scored in double figures. Rapla moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Valga/CKE. Voru KK lost seventeenth consecutive game. Voru KK at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay dead last with 30 lost games. Rapla will meet at home TTU/Kalev II (#7) in the next round. Voru KK will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Rapla: R.Raap 28+4reb+3ast, I.Kajupank 20+8reb+1ast, R.Laane 16+3reb+5ast, R.Ringmets 14+13reb+3ast, S.Kaldre 7+3reb+2ast, A.Antson 6+4reb+3ast
Voru KK: J.Oigus 20+1reb, C.Allen 19+16reb+5ast, J.Wyatt 16+14reb+2ast, A.Velleramm 12+3reb+3ast, M.Niklus 11+4reb, T.Zupsman 4+1ast
gschID: 119596


TTU/Kalev II - Valga/CKE 76-88

The game in Tallinn was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Valga/CKE (12-17) played at the court of 7th ranked TTU/Kalev II (10-19). Valga/CKE defeated TTU/Kalev II 88-76. The guests were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 28-13 run, which allowed them to win the game. TTU/Kalev II was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Anthony Brown (203-86, college: Oklahoma St.) notched a double-double by scoring 22 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and the former international swingman Veljo Vares (200-81) supported him with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Even a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds by American center Andrew Arnold (208-86, college: Lewis-Clark) did not help to save the game for TTU/Kalev II. Guard Siim Raudla (179-90) added 13 points and 10 rebounds. Five Valga/CKE and four TTU/Kalev II players scored in double figures. Valga/CKE moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Rapla. TTU/Kalev II at the other side keeps the seventh position with 19 games lost. Valga/CKE will play against higher ranked TTU/Kalev (#3) in Tallinn in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. TTU/Kalev II will play on the road against Rapla (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Valga/CKE: A.Brown 22+18reb+4ast, T.Oja 18+4reb+2ast, V.Vares 18+7reb+3ast, D.Winston 14+6reb+2ast, R.Petersonig 10+1reb+2ast, A.Vasar 3+4reb
TTU/Kalev II: A.Arnold 20+11reb, K.Akenparg 19+6reb, S.Raudla 13+10reb+3ast, M.Paiste 11+2reb, K.Keres 9+4reb, I.Tulit 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 119597




Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. Kalev/Cramo 28-3 
 2. TU/Rock 26-3 
 3. TTU/Kalev 22-7 
 4. Rakvere 15-15 
 5. Valga/CKE 12-17 
 6. Rapla 12-17 
 7. TTU/Kalev II 10-19 
 8. Parnu 8-23 
 9. Voru KK 1-30 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Curtis ALLEN
  Voru KK
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Allen, Voru KK18.8 
 2. Thornton, Voru KK18.7 
 3. Saage, Rakvere18.1 
 4. Erm, Rapla17.7 
 5. Brown, Va.16.8 
 6. Raap, Parnu16.6 
 7. Raadik, Parnu16.2 
 8. Arnold, TT.15.7 
 9. Osby, TT.14.7 
 10. Hall, Rakvere14.2 
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.11.0 
 4. Allen, Voru KK10.4 
 5. Ringmets, Rapla9.8 
 6. Osby, TT.9.3 
 7. Kuuba, Voru KK8.9 
 8. Eziukwu, TU/Rock7.9 
 9. Pokla, Rakvere7.4 
 10. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Valmo KRIISA
  TTU/Kalev
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Kriisa, TT.3.7 
 2. Sokk, TU/Rock3.5 
 3. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.5 
 4. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo2.9 
 5. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock2.8 
 6. Oja, Va.2.8 
 7. Allen, Voru KK2.8 
 8. Pokla, Rakvere2.7 
 9. Dorbek, Rakvere2.6 
 10. Archibald, TT.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Armands SKELE
  Kalev/Cramo
  (192-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Skele, Kalev/Cramo2.5 
 2. Leppik, TU/Rock2.2 
 3. Saage, Rakvere2.2 
 4. Raap, Parnu2.2 
 5. Laane, Rapla2.2 
 6. Karner, Parnu2.1 
 7. Doronin, TU/Rock2.0 
 8. Dorbek, Rakvere2.0 
 9. Oja, Va.1.9 
 10. Allen, Voru KK1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock1.7 
 2. Osby, TT.1.3 
 3. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.2 
 4. Raadik, Parnu1.2 
 5. Allen, Voru KK1.0 
 6. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.9 
 7. Arnold, TT.0.9 
 8. Raadik, TU/Rock0.8 
 9. Brown, Va.0.8 
 10. Saarmets, TTU/K.0.8 


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Velimir Perasovic leaves Efes Pilsen - by Eurobasket News
Velimir Perasovic (agency: Interperformances ) has resigned from head coaching position in Efes Pilsen. The decision came after a 79:84 home loss to Mersin in Round 22. The 45-year-old specialist took over Efes Pilsen at the start of the season. Vilimir Perasovic gained 15-7 record with the team in TBL. In Euroleague Efes Pilsen entered Top 16 stage but failed to advance into quarterfinals. Ufuk Sarica will replace Velimir Perasovic (agency: Interperformances ) at the bridge till the end of the season.


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1.DIVISION: Lapua made it to the finals - by Rauno Hurmalainen
1.Division, semi-finals, game 3: Korikobrat from Lapua has made their way to the finals - like last year. This time Lapua defeated 1. Division regular season winner FoKoPo (Forssa) in three straight contests 3-0. Today FoKoPo lost at home by seven 75-82. FoKoPo succeeded to keep Derick Nelson (196-F-86, agency: ACMT, college: Oakland) in seven points, but the hero was now American G Benny Valentine (170-G-87, college: E.Washington), who scored game high 28 pts (treys 6/7). Jussi Turja (193-G-90) added 18 pts. Canadian C Jeremy McCulloch (212-C-82, college: E.Washington) led FoKoPo with a double-double 15pts/14rbs.
BC Jyvaskyla lost at athe same time at home vs Korikonkarit (Loimaa) by 10 points 73-83. Loimaa is leading now 2-1. Three victories are needed for getting to the 1.Division finals.
Tracy Robinson (201-F-86, college: Loyola, IL) led the hosts with 30 pts and nine rbs. Even that was not enough as LoKoKo's three American players combined 57 points. J'son Stamper (200-F/C-85, agency: JEMsports, college: Minnesota) led again LoKoKo with a double-double 28pts/12rbs.

FoKoPo - Lapua 75-82 (38-40). (Jeremy McCulloch 15/14, Kwamena Brace 15, Heiko Rannula 10 - Benny Valentine 28, Jussi Turja 18, Tyrwone Still 16).
BC Jyvaskyla - LoKoKo 73-83 (38-44). (Tracy Robinson 30/9, Jarno Nissinen 15/11, Reijo Ojanen 9 - JSon Stamper 28/12, Channing Toney 16, Maurice Horton 13).




Heard's 38-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old swingman Jonathan Heard (198-G/F-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for Tarmo and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 42.
He had the game-high 38 points adding six rebounds and five assists for Tarmo as his team was edged out by ToPo (#8, 20-22) 87-86. Tarmo maintains the 12th position in Finnish league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 37 games and recorded just five victories. In the team's last game Heard had a remarkable 83.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Tarmo's top player in his first season with the team. Heard has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 21.3ppg) and averages solid 53.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) of Karhu Kauhajoki. He is American forward in his second season at Karhu. In the last game Wood recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he lead Karhu to another comfortable win 86-69 over the lower-ranked LrNMKY (#11, 9-33) being unquestionably team leader. Karhu's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 21-20 record is not bad and everything may still change. Wood is well-known at Karhu and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.6ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 12.8rpg and 4.0apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Darren Fells (201-F/C-86, agency: Court Side) of Kataja (#3). Fells scored 22 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Kataja, leading his team to a 83-69 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Honka (#5, 23-17). Kataja needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 29 victories and 13 lost games. Fells has a very solid season. In 41 games in Finland he scored 13.7ppg. He also has 7.9rpg and FGP: 64.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sefton Barrett (196-F-83) of KTP - 33 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jerald Fields (201-F-82) of KTP - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Nicchaeus Doaks (202-F-87) of Salon Vilpas - 23 points and 13 rebounds
7. Anthony Vereen (201-F-86) of Namika Lahti - 29 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Ville Kaunisto (204-F-82) of Kouvot - 19 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Tyray Pearson (201-F-80) of ToPo - 27 points and 6 rebounds
10. Josh Gonner (188-G-82) of Kouvot - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists

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


1st Division Round 3 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News
Jyvaskyla - LoKoKo 73-83

The game was mostly controlled by Loimaan Korikonkarit. BC Jyvaskyla was better in second period 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Loimaan Korikonkarit made 26-of-33 charity shots (78.8 percent) during the game. BC Jyvaskyla was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward J'son Stamper (200-85, college: Minnesota, agency: JEMsports) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Channing Toney (196-86, college: UAB, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Toney is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Loimaan Korikonkarit players scored in double figures. American forward Tracy Robinson (201-86, college: Loyola, IL) came up with 30 points and 9 rebounds and forward Jarno Nissinen (194-77) added 15 points and 11 rebounds respectively for BC Jyvaskyla in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Jyvaskyla: T.Robinson 30+9reb+2ast, J.Nissinen 15+11reb, R.Ojanen 9+6reb+3ast, J.Parkkinen 7+7reb+1ast, A.Siimes 6+2reb, T.Ahila 4+1reb+1ast
LoKoKo: J.Stamper 28+12reb+2ast, C.Toney 16+6reb, M.Horton 13+5reb+2ast, J.Kivinen 10+1reb+1ast, E.Aaltonen 9+6reb, S.Latvala 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 124277


FoKoPo - Lapua 75-82

Lapua advanced to the Finals. Forssan Koripojat was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 23-14 charge of Lapuan Korikobrat, which allowed them to win the game. Lapuan Korikobrat forced 20 Forssan Koripojat turnovers. Strangely Forssan Koripojat outrebounded Lapuan Korikobrat 43-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. Lapuan Korikobrat shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. 27 personal fouls committed by Forssan Koripojat helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American guard Benny Valentine (170-87, college: E.Washington) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points. His fellow American import forward Tyrwone Still (198-77, college: W.Virginia St.) helped adding 16 points and 8 rebounds. Four Lapuan Korikobrat players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Canadian center Jeremy McCulloch (212-82, college: E.Washington) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds and guard Kwamena Brace (197-87) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Forssan Koripojat's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
FoKoPo: K.Brace 15+8reb, J.McCulloch 15+14reb+1ast, H.Rannula 10+4reb+2ast, S.Ikavalko 9+3reb+2ast, R.Douglas 9+7reb+1ast, M.Molenius 8+5reb
Lapua: B.Valentine 28+1reb+1ast, J.Turja 18+3reb+1ast, T.Still 16+8reb, K.Siven 10+7reb, D.Nelson 7+6reb+4ast, V.Turja 3
gschID: 124276




Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Derick NELSON
  Lapua
  (196-F-86)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Nelson, Lapua24.1 
 2. Stamper, LoKoKo21.8 
 3. Manning, Huima21.8 
 4. Graham, Kerava ET21.2 
 5. Robinson, Jyvaskyla19.9 
 6. Bojang, BC Nokia19.9 
 7. Hall, SayRi19.4 
 8. Valentine, Lapua19.1 
 9. Douglas, Huima18.7 
 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 Nokia14.2 
 3. Dantzler, LoKoKo13.5 
 4. Douglas, Huima13.5 
 5. Towa, Kerava ET13.1 
 6. Nelson, Lapua12.3 
 7. Stamper, LoKoKo11.6 
 8. Hall, SayRi10.8 
 9. Wilson, Huima10.6 
 10. Robinson, Jyvaskyla10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Treylon MANNING
  Huima
  (178-G-)
  Avg: 6
 1. Manning, Huima6.0 
 2. Riihela, BC Nokia5.2 
 3. Ramey, Ura Basket5.2 
 4. Horton, LoKoKo3.8 
 5. Ikavalko, FoKoPo3.1 
 6. Valentine, Lapua2.8 
 7. Ahila, Jyvaskyla2.8 
 8. Graham, Kerava ET2.7 
 9. Pasanen, SayRi2.4 
 10. Viertola, FoKoPo2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Benny VALENTINE
  Lapua
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Valentine, Lapua2.4 
 2. Horton, LoKoKo2.2 
 3. Stamper, LoKoKo2.1 
 4. Bojang, BC Nokia2.1 
 5. Roberson, Huima2.0 
 6. Pasanen, SayRi1.8 
 7. Hall, SayRi1.8 
 8. Ramey, Ura Basket1.8 
 9. Foreman, FoKoPo1.7 
 10. Still, Lapua1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Carlton BROWN
  Ura Basket
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Brown, Namika II0.8 
 2. Kopio, Honka0.7 
 3. Setala, BC Nokia0.7 
 4. Rainamaa, TomPo II0.6 
 5. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla0.6 
 6. Siven, Lapua0.6 
 7. Alanko, Ura Basket0.6 
 8. Stamper, LoKoKo0.6 
 9. Koskinen, Namika I.0.5 
 10. Mantymaa, Huima0.5 


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  FRANCE   


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Cholet 17-5 
 2. Nancy 16-6 
 3. Chalon 15-7 
 4. Gravelines 15-7 
 5. Roanne 14-8 
 6. Hyeres-Toulon 13-9 
 7. ASVEL 12-10 
 8. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 11-11 
 9. Le Mans 10-12 
 10. Orleans 9-13 
 11. Strasbourg 9-13 
 12. Le Havre 8-14 
 13. Paris-Levallois 8-14 
 14. Poitierarleys 7-15 
 15. Limoges 6-16 
 16. Vichy 6-16 


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Rouen 18-8 
 2. Nanterre 18-8 
 3. Evreux 17-9 
 4. Maurienne 16-10 
 5. Le Portel 15-11 
 6. Dijon 15-11 
 7. Fos Ouest 15-11 
 8. Chalons-Reims 14-12 
 9. Bourg 14-12 
 10. Boulogne 14-12 
 11. Boulazac 13-13 
 12. Antibes 11-15 
 13. St Vallier 11-15 
 14. Nantes 11-15 
 15. Lille 10-16 
 16. Quimper 10-16 
 17. Clermont 7-19 
 18. Charleville 5-21 


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Demetris NICHOLS
  Vichy
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Nichols, Vichy18.3 
 2. Darden, Nancy18.1 
 3. Mejia, Cholet17.9 
 4. Massie, Limoges17.0 
 5. Jefferson, AS.16.9 
 6. Hughes, Hyeres-T.16.8 
 7. Woodside, Gravelines16.0 
 8. King, Le Havre15.8 
 9. Haynes, Chalon15.5 
 10. Hamilton, Paris-.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-F/C-77)
  Avg: 9
 1. Massie, Limoges9.0 
 2. Krupalija, Hyeres.9.0 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy8.5 
 4. Issa, Gravelines8.5 
 5. Jones, Le Havre8.4 
 6. Koffi, Le Mans7.6 
 7. Elegar, Vichy7.5 
 8. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.4 
 9. Falker, Cholet7.2 
 10. Jefferson, AS.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Rouen
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Reid, Vichy6.3 
 2. Linehan, Nancy6.2 
 3. King, Le Havre6.2 
 4. Wright, Limoges6.1 
 5. Woodside, Gravelines6.0 
 6. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.5.6 
 7. Walsh, AS.5.1 
 8. Diabate, Roanne5.0 
 9. Sciarra, Pau-La.4.7 
 10. Schilb, Chalon4.7 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Linehan, Nancy3.7 
 2. Diot, Le Mans2.4 
 3. Dobbins, Hyeres-T.2.3 
 4. Walsh, AS.2.3 
 5. Darden, Nancy2.0 
 6. Sangare, Le Havre1.8 
 7. Diabate, Roanne1.8 
 8. Schilb, Chalon1.7 
 9. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.7 
 10. Elegar, Vichy1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Cyril AKPOMEDAH
  Gravelines
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Akpomedah, Grave.1.7 
 2. Issa, Gravelines1.6 
 3. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.4 
 4. Sene, Gravelines1.3 
 5. Jefferson, AS.1.3 
 6. Akingbala, Nancy1.3 
 7. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 8. Koffi, Le Mans1.2 
 9. Pasco, Strasbourg1.2 
 10. Wilkinson, Le Havre1.1 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Moses SONKO
  Maurienne
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 19
 1. Sonko, Maurienne19.0 
 2. Harris, Lille18.3 
 3. Siggers, Rouen18.3 
 4. Carter, Nanterre18.2 
 5. Gay, Fos Ouest16.7 
 6. Milbourne, Boulogne16.3 
 7. Rouse, Charleville15.9 
 8. Watson, Evreux15.8 
 9. Barnette, Lille15.6 
 10. Davis, Le Portel15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Korvotney BARBER
  Nantes
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Barber, Nantes10.5 
 2. Daniels, Chalons-.9.9 
 3. Mathis, Maurienne9.7 
 4. Bing, Dijon8.7 
 5. Monds, Bourg8.4 
 6. Rouse, Charleville8.4 
 7. Giles, Rouen8.1 
 8. Monroe, Boulogne8.1 
 9. Badiane, Boulazac7.9 
 10. McClark, Charleville7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Philippe DA SILVA
  Evreux
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Da Silva, Evreux8.1 
 2. Rowland, Le Portel6.4 
 3. Downey, Nantes5.8 
 4. Patiejunas, Boulo.5.5 
 5. Williams, Le Portel5.0 
 6. Taylor, Rouen5.0 
 7. Craven, Dijon4.8 
 8. Oliver, Bourg4.7 
 9. Denave, St Vallier4.7 
 10. Mullins, Chalons-.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jara DOYNE
  Falco-Szova
  (193-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Doyne, Charleville2.6 
 2. Shiloh, St Vallier2.6 
 3. Daniels, Chalons-.2.6 
 4. Sonko, Maurienne2.4 
 5. Patiejunas, Boulo.2.3 
 6. Riley, Nanterre2.3 
 7. Craven, Dijon2.2 
 8. Melody, Dijon2.1 
 9. Hachad, Fos Ouest2.0 
 10. Harris, Lille2.0 
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. Diakite, Chalons-.0.8 
 8. Taccoen, Lille0.8 
 9. Davis, Evreux0.8 
 10. Daniels, Nanterre0.8 


ProB Round 26: SO Maritime Boulogne defeats leader SPO Rouen - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked SPO Rouen (18-8) on the court of eleventh ranked SO Maritime Boulogne on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by SO Maritime Boulogne 98-69. The game was mostly controlled by SO Maritime Boulogne. SPO Rouen managed to win fourth quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SO Maritime Boulogne forced 20 SPO Rouen turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American forward Landon Milbourne (201-87, college: Maryland) orchestrated the victory by scoring 32 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Lithuanian-Slovenian guard Klemensas Patiejunas (186-77) contributed with 7 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American forward Darnell Williams (200-78, college: San Jose St., agency: David Lee services) replied with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for SPO Rouen. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. SO Maritime Boulogne have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Chalons-Reims and Bourg. SPO Rouen at the other side still keeps top position with eight games lost. They share it with Nanterre. SO Maritime Boulogne is looking forward to face Olympique Antibes (#12) on the road in the next round. SPO Rouen will play against Nantes (#14) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked JSF Nanterre (18-8) against eighteenth ranked Charleville-Mezieres (5-21) on Saturday night. Host JSF Nanterre was crushed by Charleville-Mezieres in Nanterre 88-62. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of JSF Nanterre. American forward Jonathan McClark (200-77, college: Rider) had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 18 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Kris Morlende chipped in 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. American power forward Nate Carter (199-83, college: Oklahoma) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. JSF Nanterre's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Charleville-Mezieres maintains eighteenth position with 5-21 record. JSF Nanterre at the other side still keeps top place with eight games lost. They share the position with Rouen. Charleville-Mezieres will play against higher ranked Aix-Maurienne (#4) in Aix-les-Bains in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. JSF Nanterre will play on the road against Le Portel and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Le Portel (15-11) and JL Bourg (14-12), which took place in Bourg. Higher ranked Le Portel lost to tenth ranked JL Bourg in a road game 87-94 on Saturday. Angelo Tsagarakis notched 24 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort. JL Bourg's coach Fabrice Courcier used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 14 points and 7 assists by Austen Rowland did not help to save the game for Le Portel. JL Bourg have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Chalons-Reims and Boulogne. Loser Le Portel keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Dijon and Fos Ouest. JL Bourg will meet higher ranked Fos Ouest (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Le Portel will play against the league's second-placed JSF Nanterre and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Another upset was a game between JDA Dijon (15-11) and Quimper UJAP (10-16), which took place in Quimper. Higher ranked JDA Dijon lost to sixteenth ranked Quimper UJAP in a road game 70-74. The best player for the winners was Jean-Richard Volcy who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. JDA Dijon's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Quimper UJAP moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Lille. JDA Dijon at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost. Quimper UJAP's next round opponent will be Stade Clermont (#17) on the road. JDA Dijon will play against Saint Vallier (#13) and be promoted back to the ProA just one year after relegation.
Another upset was a game between Nantes (11-15) and Stade Clermont (7-19), which took place in Nantes. Higher ranked Nantes lost at home to seventeenth ranked Stade Clermont 62-72 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Nantes. Tremaine Ford orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Stade Clermont maintains seventeenth position with 7-19 record. Loser Nantes keeps the twelfth place with 15 games lost. Stade Clermont will face higher ranked Quimper UJAP (#16) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 26: Fos Ouest was beaten by Evreux on the road 87-81. St Vallier destroyed Boulazac on its own court 69-46. Chalons-Reims unfortunately lost to Maurienne in Aix-les-Bains 82-86. Lille recorded a loss to Antibes at home 57-70.



Nanterre - Charleville 62-88

Very important is a home loss of second ranked JSF Nanterre (18-8) against eighteenth ranked Charleville-Mezieres (5-21) on Saturday night. Host JSF Nanterre was crushed by Charleville-Mezieres in Nanterre 88-62. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of JSF Nanterre. The game without a history. Charleville-Mezieres led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding JSF Nanterre to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded JSF Nanterre 52-26 including a 34-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Jonathan McClark (200-77, college: Rider) had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 18 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized DR Congolese guard Kris Morlende (183-79) chipped in 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. American power forward Nate Carter (199-83, college: Oklahoma) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Mykal Riley (198-85, college: Alabama) scored 16 points and 5 assists. JSF Nanterre's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Charleville-Mezieres maintains eighteenth position with 5-21 record. JSF Nanterre at the other side still keeps top place with eight games lost. They share the position with Rouen. Charleville-Mezieres will play against higher ranked Aix-Maurienne (#4) in Aix-les-Bains in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. JSF Nanterre will play on the road against Le Portel and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: N.Carter 21+11reb+4ast, M.Riley 16+2reb+5ast, W.Daniels 12+2reb, J.Passave-Ducteil 8+4reb+1ast, X.Corosine 5+2ast, J.Nzeulie 0
Charleville: J.McClark 27+18reb, K.Morlende 23+5reb+7ast, T.Peterson 19+10reb+2ast, N.Boundy 8+4reb+1ast, G.Florimont 6+3reb, D.Kaba 3+6reb+1ast
gschID: 100556


Bourg - Le Portel 94-87

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Le Portel (15-11) and JL Bourg (14-12), which took place in Bourg. Higher ranked Le Portel lost to tenth ranked JL Bourg in a road game 87-94 on Saturday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 32-23. But Le Portel won second period 22-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Naturalized Greek guard Angelo Tsagarakis (190-84) notched 24 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and American forward David Monds (205-83, college: Oklahoma St.) supported him with 15 points and 7 rebounds. JL Bourg's coach Fabrice Courcier used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 14 points and 7 assists by American guard Austen Rowland (186-81, college: Lehigh, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Le Portel. Guard Ismaila Sy (192-79) added 17 points for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. JL Bourg have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Chalons-Reims and Boulogne. Loser Le Portel keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Dijon and Fos Ouest. JL Bourg will meet higher ranked Fos Ouest (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Le Portel will play against the league's second-placed JSF Nanterre and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Le Portel: M.Labeyrie 19+4reb, I.Sy 17+4reb+2ast, A.Rowland 14+3reb+7ast, J.Ludon 13+8reb, C.Davis 10, E.Choquet 8+1reb
Bourg: A.Tsagarakis 24+7reb, C.Ferchaud 17+3reb+3ast, D.Monds 15+7reb+2ast, D.Oliver 13+3reb+6ast, I.Koma 8+6reb+3ast, J.Sanchez 5+1reb
gschID: 100557


Quimper - Dijon 74-70

Another upset was a game between JDA Dijon (15-11) and Quimper UJAP (10-16), which took place in Quimper. Higher ranked JDA Dijon lost to sixteenth ranked Quimper UJAP in a road game 70-74. JDA Dijon was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 19-12 charge of Quimper UJAP, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by JDA Dijon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Canadian forward Jean-Richard Volcy (203-82, college: N.Michigan) who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. Lithuanian guard Marius Runkaukas (189-86) chipped in 11 points. Forward Samba Dia (201-84, college: West Plains JC) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds and American power forward Erroyl Bing (198-82, college: E.Carolina) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four JDA Dijon players scored in double figures. JDA Dijon's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Quimper UJAP moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Lille. JDA Dijon at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost. Quimper UJAP's next round opponent will be Stade Clermont (#17) on the road. JDA Dijon will play against Saint Vallier (#13) and be promoted back to the ProA just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Dijon: D.Melody 17+1ast, S.Dia 17+6reb+1ast, E.Bing 14+6reb, J.Leloup 10+2reb+4ast, A.Christophe 5+2reb+2ast, E.Craven 4+1reb+5ast
Quimper: J.Volcy 21+7reb+3ast, M.Jefferson 13+4reb, M.Runkaukas 11+3reb+3ast, V.Mouillard 8+3reb+4ast, A.Rigaux 6+1reb, W.Molas 6+4reb
gschID: 100558


Evreux - Fos Ouest 87-81

No shocking result in a game when third ranked ALM Evreux (17-9) beat at home 7th ranked Fos Ouest (15-11) 87-81 on Friday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 24-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for ALM Evreux especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 66.7 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American forward Daviin Davis (193-85, college: Weber St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 10 points and 9 assists. The other American import forward LaQuan Prowell (203-84, college: Auburn, agency: ZAG Advocates) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Four ALM Evreux players scored in double figures. Moroccan-Canadian guard Mohamed Hachad (194-83, college: Northwestern) replied with 18 points and 7 rebounds and forward Philippe Haquet (199-86) added 14 points in the effort for Fos Ouest. ALM Evreux have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 17-9 record behind leader Rouen. Loser Fos Ouest dropped to the fifth place with 11 games lost. ALM Evreux will face Boulazac Basket (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Fos Ouest will play against JL Bourg (#9).
Top scorers:
Fos Ouest: M.Hachad 18+7reb+3ast, P.Haquet 14+4reb+2ast, K.Atamna 13+4reb+1ast, S.Gay 9+5reb+2ast, M.Dia 8, Z.Bah 8+7ast
Evreux: L.Prowell 15+3reb+2ast, B.Toffin 13+4reb+1ast, C.Watson 13+5reb+2ast, M.Correa 12+5reb, D.Davis 10+3reb+9ast, T.Maizeroi 8+9reb+1ast
gschID: 100559


Boulogne - Rouen 98-69

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked SPO Rouen (18-8) on the court of eleventh ranked SO Maritime Boulogne on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by SO Maritime Boulogne 98-69. The game was mostly controlled by SO Maritime Boulogne. SPO Rouen managed to win fourth quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SO Maritime Boulogne forced 20 SPO Rouen turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American forward Landon Milbourne (201-87, college: Maryland) orchestrated the victory by scoring 32 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Lithuanian-Slovenian guard Klemensas Patiejunas (186-77) contributed with 7 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Four SO Maritime Boulogne players scored in double figures. American forward Darnell Williams (200-78, college: San Jose St., agency: David Lee services) replied with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import forward Devonne Giles (203-83, college: Texas Tech) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for SPO Rouen. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. SO Maritime Boulogne have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Chalons-Reims and Bourg. SPO Rouen at the other side still keeps top position with eight games lost. They share it with Nanterre. SO Maritime Boulogne is looking forward to face Olympique Antibes (#12) on the road in the next round. SPO Rouen will play against Nantes (#14) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Rouen: D.Williams 16+5reb+5ast, D.Giles 14+6reb, J.Siggers 8+4reb, W.Soliman 8+1reb, P.Poupet 5+2reb+1ast, C.Thioune 5+7reb+3ast
Boulogne: L.Milbourne 32+7reb+7ast, L.Kante 14+3reb+1ast, F.Raposo Laurencio 12+5reb+1ast, T.Stanley 12+3ast, K.Patiejunas 7+5reb+7ast, K.Mondesir 6
gschID: 100553


Nantes - Clermont 62-72

Another upset was a game between Nantes (11-15) and Stade Clermont (7-19), which took place in Nantes. Higher ranked Nantes lost at home to seventeenth ranked Stade Clermont 62-72 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Nantes. The game without a history. Stade Clermont 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 Nantes' 34. American forward Tremaine Ford (207-86, college: Cal.St. Northridge) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Naturalized Mali swingman Souarata Cisse (197-86) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Stade Clermont players scored in double figures. American forward Korvotney Barber (201-87, college: Auburn, agency: Pro One Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 18 rebounds and forward Nicolas Gayon (190-82) added 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Nantes. Stade Clermont maintains seventeenth position with 7-19 record. Loser Nantes keeps the twelfth place with 15 games lost. Stade Clermont will face higher ranked Quimper UJAP (#16) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Nantes: N.Gayon 18+6reb+4ast, K.Barber 18+18reb, S.Dondon 7+5reb+1ast, A.Charles 7+3reb, O.Bardet 6+1reb, A.Cel 4+7reb+1ast
Clermont: S.Cisse 16+7reb+3ast, D.Bouldin 15+7reb+1ast, T.Ford 14+11reb+1ast, X.Delarue 13+4reb+2ast, O.Bassett 4+5reb+4ast, K.Ouattara 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 100554


St Vallier - Boulazac 69-46

There was an upset when higher ranked Boulazac Basket (13-13) was smashed on the road by fourteenth ranked Saint Vallier (11-15) 69-46 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Saint Vallier. Boulazac Basket was better in fourth quarter 17-7. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Boulazac Basket to just 6 points in third quarter. American guard Kyle Shiloh (191-85, college: Nevada) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 5 assists. Cameroonian power forward Yann Zonnet (197-89) contributed with 8 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Senegalese power forward Malick Badiane (211-84) replied with 5 points and 14 rebounds and American forward Amadi McKenzie (201-86) added 10 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Boulazac Basket. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Saint Vallier moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Antibes and Nantes. Boulazac Basket lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Saint Vallier will face higher ranked JDA Dijon (#6) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Boulazac: B.Jacobson 11+3reb+1ast, A.McKenzie 10+9reb+1ast, T.Dubiez 8+2reb, I.Soumahoro 7+2ast, M.Badiane 5+14reb+1ast, O.Samassa 2+1reb
St Vallier: K.Shiloh 18+3reb+5ast, F.Tortosa 10+3reb+1ast, C.Bronchard 9+5reb+1ast, B.Vounang 9+5reb+1ast, M.Tensorer 8+2reb+3ast, Y.Zonnet 8+9reb+1ast
gschID: 100555


Maurienne - Chalons-Reims 86-82

Rather predictable result when sixth ranked Aix-Maurienne (16-10) won against 8th ranked Chalons-Reims (14-12) in Aix-les-Bains 86-82 on Friday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 30-9. But Chalons-Reims won second period 21-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aix-Maurienne shot 60.5 percent from the field and had 27 for 38 from the free-throw line, while Chalons-Reims only scored ten points from the stripe. Chalons-Reims was plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. Center Mantcha Traore (204-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Guard Simon Darnauzan (178-80) contributed with 20 points and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Aix-Maurienne players scored in double figures. American guard Donald Wilson (193-84, college: Portland, agency: Court Side) replied with 17 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Chalons-Reims. Chalons-Reims' coach Nikola Antic tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Aix-Maurienne have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Chalons-Reims lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Aix-Maurienne will face bottom-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (#18) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Chalons-Reims will play against Lille Metropole (#15).
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: D.Wilson 17+5reb+2ast, G.Radonjic 12+2ast, B.Mangin 11+1reb+3ast, K.Joss-Rauze 9+1reb+1ast, C.Daniels 9+7reb+2ast, G.Chathuant 9+4reb+1ast
Maurienne: M.Traore 20+7reb+1ast, S.Darnauzan 20+1reb+4ast, J.Ekanga-Ehawa 19+3reb+2ast, J.Mathis 11+5reb+3ast, E.Andre 8+5reb, T.Yvrande 8+5reb+3ast
gschID: 100551


Lille - Antibes 57-70

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both thirteenth ranked Olympique Antibes and 15th ranked Lille Metropole had identical 10-15 record. But Lille Metropole was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Antibes 70-57 on Friday night. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 70-57. Olympique Antibes outrebounded Lille Metropole 41-28 including 29 on the defensive glass. Naturalized Swiss forward David Ramseyer (200-87) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. American guard Justin Ingram (185-85, college: Toledo) contributed with 19 points and 7 assists for the winners. American power forward Andre Harris (201-85, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) replied with 22 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Sean Barnette (195-86, college: Wingate, agency: Warren Sports International) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Lille Metropole. Olympique Antibes (11-15) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Nantes and St Vallier. Lille Metropole lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 16 games lost. Olympique Antibes will face higher ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (#10) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Lille Metropole will play against Chalons-Reims (#8).
Top scorers:
Lille: A.Harris 22+6reb+2ast, S.Barnette 11+6reb, B.Gillet 10+3reb+1ast, O.Gouez 9+7reb, N.Taccoen 2+2reb+1ast, A.Defoe 2+1reb
Antibes: D.Ramseyer 21+12reb+1ast, J.Ingram 19+4reb+7ast, L.Bengaber 12+7reb+4ast, M.Courby 7+7reb+2ast, S.Ho You Fat 7+6reb+2ast, M.Bojovic 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 100552




ProA Round 22: Sluc Nancy defeats Le Mans in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Eighth-ranked Le Mans (10-12) gave a tough game to second ranked Sluc Nancy (16-6) on Friday. Sluc Nancy managed to secure only one-point victory 76-75. However their fans expected much easier game. Le Mans trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 22-11 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 75-76 at the end of the game. Sluc Nancy looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American swingman Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) scored 19 points to lead the charge for the winners and guard Kenny Grant (188-82, college: Davidson) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side Brazilian power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals. Sluc Nancy have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 16-6 record behind leader Cholet. Le Mans at the other side dropped to the ninth place with 12 games lost. Sluc Nancy are looking forward to face Chalon/Saor (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Le Mans will play against Hyeres-Toulon (#6) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Chalon/Saor (15-7) against fifteenth ranked Limoges CSP Elite (6-16) on Saturday night. Visiting Chalon/Saor was crushed by Limoges CSP Elite in Limoges 93-62. Americans were the main players on the court. Power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis, agency: Court Side) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Robert Hite supported him with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 19 points by guard Blake Schilb (201-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: ZAG Advocates) did not help to save the game for Chalon/Saor. Chalon/Saor's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted Limoges CSP Elite maintains fifteenth position with 6-16 record, which they share with Vichy. Chalon/Saor at the other side keeps the third place with seven games lost. They share the position with Gravelines. Limoges CSP Elite will play against higher ranked Strasbourg IG (#11) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Chalon/Saor will play against the league's second-placed Sluc Nancy (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Bottom-ranked JA Vichy managed to get a sixth victory on Saturday night. This time they outleveled fourth-ranked Chorale de Roanne 87-61. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 26-point difference suggests that JA Vichy is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. Demetris Nichols fired 23 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Uche Nsonwu-Amadi produced 9 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Chorale de Roanne's coach already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. JA Vichy (6-16) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Limoges. Loser Chorale de Roanne dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. JA Vichy will meet higher ranked STB Le Havre (#12) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Chorale de Roanne will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#10) and hope to secure a win.
ProA top team - Cholet (17-5) added another victory to their record. This time they beat twelfth ranked STB Le Havre (8-14) 61-56. Worth to mention a great performance of Sammy Mejia who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Cholet have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 17-5 record. STB Le Havre lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 14 games lost. Cholet's next round opponent will be Paris-Levallois (#13) on the road which should be an easy win for them. STB Le Havre will play against JA Vichy.
Eleventh-ranked Strasbourg IG (9-13) gave a tough game to fifth ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (15-7) on Saturday. Gravelines-Dunkerque managed to secure only two-point victory 71-69. However their fans expected much easier game. Ben Woodside scored 21 points and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Gravelines-Dunkerque moved-up to third place, which they share with Chalon. Loser Strasbourg IG dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque will face ASVEL (#7) in Villeurbanne in the next round. Strasbourg IG will play at home against Limoges CSP Elite.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 22: Pau-Lacq-Orthez won against Orleans on the opponent's court 72-66. Hyeres-Toulon managed to outperform Paris-Levallois in a home game 82-77. ASVEL managed to beat Poitierarleys on the road 82-76.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 25 points and 14 rebounds by Damir Krupalija of Hyeres-Toulon.


Orleans - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 66-72

Rather expected game when 10th ranked Entente Orleans 45 (9-13) was defeated at home by eighth ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (11-11) 72-66 on Saturday. Entente Orleans 45 was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 25-13 charge of Pau-Lacq-Orthez, which allowed them to win the game. Guard Teddy Gipson (193-80, college: Arkansas) scored 19 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Nigerian power forward Chinemelu Elonu (208-87, college: Texas A&M, agency: Impact Basketball) chipped in 13 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. Four Pau-Lacq-Orthez players scored in double figures. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Didier Dobbels used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side the former international center Ludovic Vaty (206-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) responded with 9 points and 10 rebounds and American guard J.R. Reynolds (188-84, college: Virginia, agency: SportsTalent) scored 13 points (made all of his seven free throws). Newly promoted Pau-Lacq-Orthez maintains eighth position with 11-11 record. Loser Entente Orleans 45 keeps the tenth place with 13 games lost. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will face Poitiers (#14) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Entente Orleans 45 will play against Chorale de Roanne (#5).
Top scorers:
Orleans: J.Reynolds 13+1reb+3ast, M.NDoye 11+4reb+1ast, A.Curti 11+2reb+2ast, L.Vaty 9+10reb+1ast, A.Moerman 6+5reb+1ast, A.Sy 6+7reb+3ast
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: T.Gipson 19+4reb+5ast, S.Rimac 15+1reb+2ast, C.Elonu 13+14reb, A.Mendy 10+10reb+1ast, M.Maravic 9+4reb+3ast, J.Morency 4+2reb
gschID: 100263


Vichy - Roanne 87-61

Bottom-ranked JA Vichy managed to get a sixth victory on Saturday night. This time they outleveled fourth-ranked Chorale de Roanne 87-61. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 26-point difference suggests that JA Vichy is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The game was mostly controlled by JA Vichy. Chorale de Roanne managed to win second period 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. JA Vichy looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American forward Demetris Nichols (205-84, college: Syracuse) fired 23 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The other American import guard Jamal Shuler (191-86) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Four JA Vichy players scored in double figures. Nigerian power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-78, college: Wyoming, agency: Beo Basket) produced 9 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and American power forward Ben McCauley (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Chorale de Roanne's coach already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. JA Vichy (6-16) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Limoges. Loser Chorale de Roanne dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. JA Vichy will meet higher ranked STB Le Havre (#12) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Chorale de Roanne will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Roanne: R.Davis 13+2reb, B.McCauley 12+5reb+2ast, S.Diabate 9+2reb+2ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 9+13reb+4ast, P.Amagou 6+1reb+1ast, D.Downey 6+2reb+2ast
Vichy: D.Nichols 23+7reb+2ast, T.Larrouquis 18+7reb+3ast, J.Shuler 16+5reb+8ast, F.Elegar 12+2reb+2ast, A.Eito 7+3reb+6ast, R.Gaines 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 100264


Gravelines - Strasbourg 71-69

Eleventh-ranked Strasbourg IG (9-13) gave a tough game to fifth ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (15-7) on Saturday. Gravelines-Dunkerque managed to secure only two-point victory 71-69. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Strasbourg IG won third quarter 24-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Gravelines-Dunkerque won last quarter 10-10. American guard Ben Woodside (180-85, college: N.Dakota St., agency: Priority Sports) scored 21 points and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Senegalese center Mouhamed Sene (213-86) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side international guard Abdoulaye MBaye (186-88) responded with 19 points and American-British forward John McCord (201-73, college: Cornell) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Gravelines-Dunkerque moved-up to third place, which they share with Chalon. Loser Strasbourg IG dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque will face ASVEL (#7) in Villeurbanne in the next round. Strasbourg IG will play at home against Limoges CSP Elite.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: A.MBaye 19+3reb+3ast, J.McCord 15+7reb+2ast, P.Pasco 12+6reb+3ast, R.Greer 10+5reb+5ast, J.Hawkins 8, S.Essart 3+2reb+4ast
Gravelines: B.Woodside 21+3reb+9ast, M.Sene 12+6reb, J.Greer 11+3reb+2ast, C.Akpomedah 10+3reb, D.Issa 8+4reb+1ast, J.Johnson 6+2reb
gschID: 100265


Cholet - Le Havre 61-56

ProA top team - Cholet (17-5) added another victory to their record. This time they beat twelfth ranked STB Le Havre (8-14) 61-56. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 22-8. But STB Le Havre won third quarter 19-7. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cholet brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of Dominican guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Serbian guard Vule Avdalovic (189-81, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 9 points for the winners. American power forward Nate Fox (206-77, college: Maine, agency: Pro One Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and American-Venezuelan guard John Cox (195-81, college: USF) added 15 points in the effort for STB Le Havre. Four STB Le Havre players scored in double figures. Cholet have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 17-5 record. STB Le Havre lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 14 games lost. Cholet's next round opponent will be Paris-Levallois (#13) on the road which should be an easy win for them. STB Le Havre will play against JA Vichy.
Top scorers:
Le Havre: J.Cox 15+2reb+3ast, N.Fox 14+11reb+6ast, J.Jones 11+7reb, N.Pope 10+2reb, O.Camara 4+8reb+1ast, M.King 2+3reb
Cholet: S.Mejia 15+10reb+3ast, V.Avdalovic 9+2reb+3ast, D.Nelson 8+1reb, M.Diarra 7+2reb+1ast, R.Falker 6+6reb+2ast, W.Gradit 5+3reb
gschID: 100260


Nancy - Le Mans 76-75

Eighth-ranked Le Mans (10-12) gave a tough game to second ranked Sluc Nancy (16-6) on Friday. Sluc Nancy managed to secure only one-point victory 76-75. However their fans expected much easier game. Le Mans trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 22-11 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 75-76 at the end of the game. Sluc Nancy looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American swingman Tremmell Darden (194-81, college: Niagara) scored 19 points to lead the charge for the winners and Swedish guard Kenny Grant (188-82, college: Davidson) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side Brazilian power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals and American guard Alex Acker (196-83, college: Pepperdine) scored 21 points. Four Le Mans players scored in double figures. Sluc Nancy have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 16-6 record behind leader Cholet. Le Mans at the other side dropped to the ninth place with 12 games lost. Sluc Nancy are looking forward to face Chalon/Saor (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Le Mans will play against Hyeres-Toulon (#6) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: A.Acker 21+3reb+3ast, M.Kakiouzis 15+3reb, J.Paulo Batista 14+11reb+7ast, B.Dewar 13+3reb+1ast, C.Lombahe-Kahudi 6+2reb+1ast, T.Rupert 4+5reb
Nancy: T.Darden 19+4reb+2ast, K.Grant 12+3reb+4ast, S.Brun 11+1reb+2ast, W.Deane 7+3reb+8ast, A.Akingbala 6+8reb+2ast, S.Njoya 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 100261


Hyeres-Toulon - Paris-Levallois 82-77

Very predictable result when sixth ranked Hyeres-Toulon (13-9) defeated at home 13th ranked Paris-Levallois (8-14) 82-77 on Saturday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 24-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Hyeres-Toulon made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Hyeres-Toulon outrebounded Paris-Levallois 39-23 including 24 on the defensive glass. Bosnian power forward Damir Krupalija (205-79, college: Illinois) had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized Congolese forward Nobel Boungou Colo (202-88) chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Hyeres-Toulon's coach Alain Weisz used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side international guard Andrew Albicy (178-90) responded with 12 points and 4 assists and swingman Michel Morandais (197-79, college: Colorado) scored 14 points and 4 steals. Four Paris-Levallois players scored in double figures. Hyeres-Toulon maintains sixth position with 13-9 record. Loser Paris-Levallois dropped to the twelfth place with 14 games lost. Hyeres-Toulon will face Le Mans (#9) on the road in the next round. Paris-Levallois will play against the league's leader Cholet.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: M.Morandais 14+2reb+2ast, E.Chatfield 13+4reb+1ast, L.Hamilton 13+3reb, A.Albicy 12+2reb+4ast, M.Sommerville 8+2reb+2ast, D.Noel 7+1ast
Hyeres-Toulon: D.Krupalija 25+14reb+3ast, N.Boungou Colo 10+10reb+1ast, A.Dobbins 8+1reb+1ast, K.Houston 8+2reb+5ast, R.Hughes 8+4reb+1ast, P.Morlende 7+4ast
gschID: 100262


Poitierarleys - ASVEL 76-82

Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked Poitiers (7-15) was defeated at home by seventh ranked ASVEL (12-10) 82-76 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 48-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Clifford Hammonds (191-85, college: Clemson) scored 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and British forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-83, college: George Washington, agency: SportsTalent) chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Four ASVEL players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Kenny Younger (203-77, college: Houston, agency: Warren Sports International) responded with 8 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Antonio Grant (198-76, college: S.Carolina) scored 8 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Poitiers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. ASVEL maintains seventh position with 12-10 record. Poitiers lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 15 games lost. ASVEL will face higher ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Poitiers will play against Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#8).
Top scorers:
Poitierarleys: E.Fournier 14+1reb+1ast, P.Guillard 12+3reb+1ast, T.Gunn 12+3reb, K.Younger 8+10reb+3ast, P.Badiane 8+6reb+1ast, A.Grant 8+6reb+6ast
ASVEL: C.Hammonds 21+7reb+4ast, D.Jefferson 18+3reb+1ast, M.Gelabale 15+6reb+3ast, P.Mensah-Bonsu 14+10reb+1ast, E.Jackson 7+1reb+3ast, K.Tillie 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 100258


Limoges - Chalon 93-62

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Chalon/Saor (15-7) against fifteenth ranked Limoges CSP Elite (6-16) on Saturday night. Visiting Chalon/Saor was crushed by Limoges CSP Elite in Limoges 93-62. It looked good early as Chalon/Saor took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Limoges CSP Elite had a 23-18 second period charge getting the lead and Chalon/Saor was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 62-93. Limoges CSP Elite had a 33-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Limoges CSP Elite players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Chalon/Saor's players. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court. Power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis, agency: Court Side) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and guard Robert Hite (188-84, college: Miami, FL) supported him with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Limoges CSP Elite players scored in double figures. Even 19 points by guard Blake Schilb (201-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: ZAG Advocates) did not help to save the game for Chalon/Saor. Guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington) added 9 points and 4 assists for lost side. Chalon/Saor's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted Limoges CSP Elite maintains fifteenth position with 6-16 record, which they share with Vichy. Chalon/Saor at the other side keeps the third place with seven games lost. They share the position with Gravelines. Limoges CSP Elite will play against higher ranked Strasbourg IG (#11) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Chalon/Saor will play against the league's second-placed Sluc Nancy (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Chalon: B.Schilb 19+3reb+2ast, M.Haynes 9+4reb+4ast, N.Lang 8+4reb+2ast, A.Aminu 7+6reb, J.Lauvergne 7+4reb+1ast, S.Tchicamboud 4+2reb
Limoges: C.Massie 18+12reb+2ast, R.Hite 17+6reb+5ast, R.Desroses 16+5reb, N.Ebi 14+8reb+1ast, A.Salmon 13+2reb+3ast, K.Souchu 10+1reb
gschID: 100259




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Superleague Round 6: Fersped-Rabotnicki beats Torus Skopje by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 6 in the Superleague took place in Skopje. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of Torus Skopje (14-10) to third ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (16-8) 72-70 in the game for the third place. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Torus Skopje won fourth quarter 18-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for international guard Dimitar Mirakovski (180-G-81, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 6 assists. Geri Dendra contributed with 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. The former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for Torus Skopje. Fersped-Rabotnicki maintains third position in Superleague with 16-8 record having six points less than leader Feni Indistrija. Torus Skopje at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. Fersped-Rabotnicki's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje MZT Skopje.
Superleague top team - Feni Indistrija (22-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Lirija (8-16) in Kavadarci 93-65. Serbian center Dusan Knezevic (207-80, agency: BeoExcell) had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Vojdan Stojanovski chipped in 12 points and 6 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Soler Mavel Rejnerio with 12 points and 6 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. Defending champion maintains first position in Superleague with 22-2 record. Newly promoted Lirija keeps the sixth place with 16 games lost. Feni Indistrija will play against ABA Strumica (#5) on the road in the next round. Lirija will play against Torus Skopje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Ovce Pole (7-14) which hosted in Ovce Pole one of their biggest challengers Ultimate Basket (5-16). Second ranked Ovce Pole had an easy win 101-63. Branko Janeski notched 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (on 15-of-17 shooting from the field) to lead the effort. Ovce Pole's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 27 points and 4 assists by Slavisa Janeski did not help to save the game for Ultimate Basket. Ovce Pole maintains second position in Play OUT with 7-14 record having eighteen points less than leader Feni Indistrija. Ultimate Basket lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the third place with 16 games lost. Ovce Pole will meet league's leader Kumanovo 2009 on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ultimate Basket will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 6
In Superleague ABA Strumica was beaten by MZT Skopje on the road 73-62.


Superleague
MZT Skopje - ABA Strumica 73-62

No shocking result in a game when second ranked MZT Skopje (19-5) beat at home 5th ranked ABA Strumica (10-14) 73-62 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by MZT Skopje. ABA Strumica managed to win third quarter 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. MZT Skopje forced 24 ABA Strumica turnovers. The former international center Zlatko Gocevski (206-82, agency: Interperformances) notched 17 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and supported him with 16 points and 5 assists. Four MZT Skopje players scored in double figures. MZT Skopje's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 10 points, 5 assists and 4 steals by American guard Jeremiah Boswell (194-82) did not help to save the game for ABA Strumica. His fellow American import center John Chappell (208, college: S.Carolina) added 5 points and 11 rebounds. MZT Skopje maintains second position in Superleague with 19-5 record having just three points less than leader Feni Indistrija. Newly promoted ABA Strumica keeps the fifth place with 14 games lost. MZT Skopje's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Fersped-Rabotnicki.
Top scorers:
MZT Skopje: Z.Gocevski 17+6reb+1ast, P.Naumovski 16+1reb+5ast, I.Penov 11+5reb+1ast, J.Petrovski 10+3reb+3ast, V.Velickovic 8+3ast, N.Zivcevic 6+5reb+3ast
ABA Strumica: M.Neal 14+2reb, M.Hasanov 11+2reb, J.Boswell 10+3reb+5ast, S.Hadzivasilev 8+6reb, Z.Stojanov 6+3reb+1ast, J.Chappell 5+11reb+1ast
gschID: 123094


Torus Skopje - Rabotnicki 70-72

The most exciting game of round 6 in the Superleague took place in Skopje. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of one of their biggest challengers Torus Skopje (14-10) to third ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki (16-8) 72-70 in the game for the third place. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Torus Skopje won fourth quarter 18-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for international guard Dimitar Mirakovski (180-81, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 6 assists. Geri Dendra contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. The former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and guard Nikola Karakolev (197-87) added 15 points in the effort for Torus Skopje. Fersped-Rabotnicki maintains third position in Superleague with 16-8 record having six points less than leader Feni Indistrija. Torus Skopje at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. Fersped-Rabotnicki's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje MZT Skopje.
Top scorers:
Rabotnicki: D.Mirakovski 18+3reb+6ast, P.Blazevski 13+4reb+3ast, G.Dendra 10+11reb+1ast, E.Bogoev 8+1reb+1ast, M.Simonovski 8+5reb, E.Hadzibulic 7+1reb+1ast
Torus Skopje: B.Trajkovski 16+11reb+3ast, N.Karakolev 15+2reb+1ast, I.Dimcevski 12+3reb, M.Janevski 8+5reb, A.Kostovski 6+4reb+4ast, N.Jelesijevic 6+8reb+2ast
gschID: 123095


Feni Indistrija - Lirija 93-65

Superleague top team - Feni Indistrija (22-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Lirija (8-16) in Kavadarci 93-65. The game without a history. Feni Indistrija led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Feni Indistrija players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Lirija's players. Serbian center Dusan Knezevic (207-80, agency: BeoExcell) had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Vojdan Stojanovski (194-87) chipped in 12 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four Feni Indistrija players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Soler Mavel Rejnerio with 12 points and 6 rebounds and center Kiril Pavlovski (210-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 12 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. Defending champion maintains first position in Superleague with 22-2 record. Newly promoted Lirija keeps the sixth place with 16 games lost. Feni Indistrija will play against ABA Strumica (#5) on the road in the next round. Lirija will play against Torus Skopje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Feni Indistrija: D.Tasovski 14+3reb+1ast, O.Stojanovski 13+1reb+3ast, V.Stojanovski 12+4reb+6ast, D.Knezevic 12+10reb+3ast, M.Gjurov 9+1reb+3ast, G.Samardziev 8+2reb+3ast
Lirija: S.Mavel Rejnerio 12+6reb+1ast, K.Pavlovski 12+5reb+2ast, G.Jovanovic 12+5reb+2ast, E.Azemi 8+2reb+1ast, C.Morban 6+4reb+3ast, J.Nikolovski 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 123093


Play OUT
Ovce Pole - Ultimate Basket 101-63

An interesting game for Ovce Pole (7-14) which hosted in Ovce Pole one of their biggest challengers Ultimate Basket (5-16). Second ranked Ovce Pole had an easy win 101-63. The game without a history. Ovce Pole led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They were well out of reach of Ultimate Basket shooting 72.9 percent from the field. Forward Branko Janeski (203-87) notched 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (on 15-of-17 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Serbian guard Edi Sinadinovic (190-88) supported him with 19 points. Five Ovce Pole players scored in double figures. Ovce Pole's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 27 points and 4 assists by guard Slavisa Janeski (183-90) did not help to save the game for Ultimate Basket. Center Miroslav Petrovski (208-88) added 23 points. Ovce Pole maintains second position in Play OUT with 7-14 record having eighteen points less than leader Feni Indistrija. Ultimate Basket lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the third place with 16 games lost. Ovce Pole will meet league's leader Kumanovo 2009 on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ultimate Basket will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Ovce Pole: B.Janeski 33+6reb+2ast, E.Sinadinovic 19+1ast, J.Kurciev 16+1ast, T.Ivkovic 10+6ast, D.Savovic 10+1reb+4ast, T.Stojcevski 7+1ast
Ultimate Basket: S.Janeski 27+1reb+4ast, M.Petrovski 23+2reb, S.Mihajlovski 9, D.Nedelkovski 2, H.Petreski 2+3reb, F.Konzulov 0
gschID: 123096




D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
Superleague
 1. Feni Indistrija 22-2 
 2. MZT Skopje 19-5 
 3. Rabotnicki 16-8 
 4. Torus Skopje 14-10 
 5. ABA Strumica 10-14 
 6. Lirija 8-16 
Play OUT
 1. Kumanovo 2009 10-11 
 2. Ovce Pole 7-14 
 3. Ultimate Basket 5-16 
 4. Pelister Bitola 2-17 


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Darko MATIC
  Kumanovo 2009
  (192-G-84)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Matic, Kumanovo.21.9 
 2. Jovanovic, Ultima.20.3 
 3. Trajkovski, Torus S.17.3 
 4. Petkovski, Pelist.16.8 
 5. Morban, Lirija16.4 
 6. Filipovic, Ovce Pole16.4 
 7. Mirakovski, Rabot.16.3 
 8. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.16.1 
 9. Nikolovski, MZT S.15.8 
 10. Blazevski, Rabotnicki15.0 
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. Jovanovic, Lirija9.3 
 4. Pavlovski, Lirija8.9 
 5. Nikolovski, MZT S.8.9 
 6. Trajkovski, Torus S.8.2 
 7. Jelesijevic, Torus S.8.1 
 8. Talevski, Pelist.8.1 
 9. Chappell, ABA S.7.5 
 10. Filipovic, Ovce Pole7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos MORBAN
  Lirija
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Morban, Lirija5.1 
 2. Mirakovski, Rabot.5.0 
 3. Kostovski, Torus S.5.0 
 4. Blazevski, Rabotnicki4.0 
 5. Petrovski, MZT S.3.9 
 6. Mladenovic, Ultima.3.7 
 7. Lazic, Ultimate.3.3 
 8. Samardziev, Feni I.3.0 
 9. Vukotic, Kumanovo.2.9 
 10. Stojanovski, Feni I.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Gjorgi ANAKIEVSKI
  Pelister Bitola
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Anakievski, Pelist.2.5 
 2. Petrovski, MZT S.1.7 
 3. Stojanovski, Feni I.1.6 
 4. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.5 
 5. Boswell, ABA S.1.4 
 6. Mladenovic, Ultima.1.4 
 7. Blazevski, Rabotnicki1.3 
 8. Azemi, Lirija1.3 
 9. Morban, Lirija1.3 
 10. Gocevski, MZT S.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Bojan TRAJKOVSKI
  Torus Skopje
  (206-C/F-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Trajkovski, Torus S.1.9 
 2. Chappell, ABA S.1.6 
 3. Jelesijevic, Torus S.1.5 
 4. Petric, Kumanovo.1.1 
 5. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.1.1 
 6. Avramovski, MZT S.1.0 
 7. Gocevski, Rabotnicki1.0 
 8. Krstevski, Torus S.1.0 
 9. Dendra, Rabotnicki0.9 
 10. Simic, Rabotnicki0.8 


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  GEORGIA   


Geogian Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Beqa CHIKVILADZE
  GTU Tbilisi
  (195-G-91)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Chikviladze, GTU T.22.9 
 2. Sanadze, Batumi22.8 
 3. Berishvili, TSU T.22.6 
 4. Parghalava, Sokhu.20.8 
 5. Panchulidze, TSU T.19.2 
 6. Dvalishvili, Samed.19.2 
 7. Matiashvili, TSU T.17.7 
 8. Keshelava, Batumi17.3 
 9. Harris, Sokhumi17.1 
 10. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Richard DAMUS
  Sokhumi
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Damus, Sokhumi11.1 
 2. Dvalishvili, Samed.11.0 
 3. Berishvili, TSU T.10.4 
 4. Matiashvili, TSU T.10.4 
 5. Keshelava, Batumi9.8 
 6. Imnadze, MIA T.9.6 
 7. Londaridze, TSU T.9.6 
 8. Toudjani, MIA T.9.2 
 9. Tugushi, Army9.0 
 10. Beruashvili, GTU T.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Beka TSIVTSIVADZE
  MIA Tbilisi
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Tsivtsivadze, MIA T.6.7 
 2. Gaprindashvi., TSU T.6.5 
 3. Tugushi, Army5.7 
 4. Harris, Sokhumi5.5 
 5. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi5.3 
 6. Artsividze, GSAU T.5.3 
 7. Parghalava, Sokhu.4.6 
 8. Tsivtsivadze, Energy R.4.4 
 9. Mikeladze, Batumi4.4 
 10. Didia, Kutaisi4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Vasili BERUASHVILI
  GTU Tbilisi
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Beruashvili, GTU T.3.1 
 2. Tsekvava, Energy R.2.8 
 3. Berishvili, TSU T.2.7 
 4. Antadze, GTU T.2.7 
 5. Gulisabedash., Samedi.2.7 
 6. Berishvili, Kutaisi2.6 
 7. Panchulidze, TSU T.2.5 
 8. Parghalava, Sokhu.2.3 
 9. Sanadze, Batumi2.2 
 10. Gaprindashvi., TSU T.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Samuel LAMU
  Energy Rustavi
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Lamu, Energy R.2.1 
 2. Imnadze, MIA T.1.4 
 3. Damus, Sokhumi1.4 
 4. Bekauri, Samedicino1.4 
 5. Matiashvili, TSU T.1.3 
 6. Toudjani, Energy R.1.2 
 7. Dvalishvili, Samed.1.2 
 8. Damus, Sokhumi1.1 
 9. Tenieshvili, Batumi1.0 
 10. Berishvili, TSU T.1.0 


Highest League Standing
Superleague Standings
 1. Army 14-2 
 2. TSU Tbilisi 14-3 
 3. Kutaisi 12-4 
 4. MIA Tbilisi 12-4 
 5. Sokhumi 10-7 
 6. Energy Rustavi 7-9 
 7. GTU Tbilisi 5-11 
 8. Samedicino 5-11 
 9. Batumi 5-11 
 10. GSAU Tbilisi 4-13 
 11. Dinamo Tbilisi 2-15 


Superleague Round 18: Kutaisi beats Sokhumi by one after a very close game - 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.

The most exciting game of round 18 in the Superleague took place in Kutaisi. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Sokhumi (10-7) to third ranked Kutaisi (12-4) 82-81 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sokhumi. Sokhumi trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 23-11 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 81-82 at the end of the game. Kutaisi looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. It was a good game for forward Giorgi Barbakadze (203-91) who saved his team from a defeat with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Buba Kvimsadze (195-82) contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Guard Lasha Parghalava (191-87, college: Montana St. - Billin) replied with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for Sokhumi. Kutaisi have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 12-4 record having just two points less than leader Army, which they share with MIA Tbilisi. Sokhumi at the other side keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. Kutaisi is looking forward to face Samedicino-Academia (#8) in Tbilisi in the next round where they are favorite. Sokhumi's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi GTU.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Tbilisi: Army Sport Klub (#1) and Samedicino-Academia (#7). Army Sport Klub (14-2) smashed visiting Samedicino-Academia (5-11) by 27 points 80-53. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Samedicino-Academia. International swingman Anatoliy Boisa (195-83, college: Lincoln Memorial, agency: World Sport Agency) scored 17 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Givi Bakradze chipped in 12 points and 9 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was center Akaki Dvalishvili (206-90) with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted Army Sport Klub maintains first position with 14-2 record. Samedicino-Academia at the other side keeps the seventh place with 11 games lost. They share the position with GTU Tbilisi and Batumi. Army Sport Klub's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Dinamo Tbilisi.
Bottom-ranked Dinamo Tbilisi managed to get a second victory, breaking the sixteen-game losing streak on Friday night. This time they edged sixth-ranked Energy Invest in Rustavi 73-72. Lasha Edzgveradze notched 14 points and 5 assists to lead the effort. Even 19 points and 6 rebounds by Luka Khmelidze did not help to save the game for Energy Invest. Dinamo Tbilisi maintains eleventh position with 2-15 record. Energy Invest lost eighth consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the sixth place with nine games lost. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Army Sport Klub.
Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Tbilisi: MIA (#4) and GSAU (#10). GSAU was smashed at home by 17 points 68-85 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The best player for the winners was Talba Toudjani who scored 5 points and 16 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. MIA (12-4) moved-up to third place, which they share with Kutaisi. GSAU lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 13 games lost. MIA's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi TSU.

In the last game of round 18 Batumi was smashed by TSU Tbilisi on the road 104-84.
The most impressive performance of 18th round was 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks by Richard Damus of Sokhumi.



Energy Rustavi - Dinamo Tbilisi 72-73

Bottom-ranked Dinamo Tbilisi managed to get a second victory, breaking the sixteen-game losing streak on Friday night. This time they edged sixth-ranked Energy Invest in Rustavi 73-72. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a great shooting night for Dinamo Tbilisi especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. Guard Lasha Edzgveradze (185-87) notched 14 points and 5 assists to lead the effort and guard Guga Pataraia (180-89) supported him with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Even 19 points and 6 rebounds by guard Luka Khmelidze (195-92) did not help to save the game for Energy Invest. Guard Malkhazi Abaishvili (183-91) added 14 points and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Dinamo Tbilisi maintains eleventh position with 2-15 record. Energy Invest lost eighth consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the sixth place with nine games lost. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Army Sport Klub.
Top scorers:
Energy Rustavi: L.Khmelidze 19+6reb+3ast, M.Abaishvili 14+4reb+5ast, D.Gugava 13+4reb, Z.Tvaradze 11+3reb, S.Lamu 7+9reb, N.Abuladze 5+1reb+1ast
Dinamo Tbilisi: L.Edzgveradze 14+4reb+5ast, N.Chavelashvili 13+2reb+1ast, T.Tavamaishvili 12+6reb+2ast, G.Pataraia 10+5reb+7ast, I.Ivaneishvili 8+4reb, G.Glunchadze 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 114907


TSU Tbilisi - Batumi 104-84

No shocking result in a game when second ranked TSU (14-3) crushed 8th ranked Batumi (5-11) in Tbilisi 104-84. The game was mostly controlled by TSU. Batumi was better in fourth quarter 33-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. TSU forced 23 Batumi turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Batumi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Mikheil Berishvili (205-87) who scored 27 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Forward Mikheil Panchulidze (192-83) chipped in 24 points. TSU's coach Nugzar Cheishvili allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Russian center Giorgi Kvelashvili (206-81) who recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and the former international forward Lasha Keshelava (200-81) added 21 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. TSU have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 14-3 record having just -1 point less than leader Army. Batumi lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with 11 games lost. TSU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena MIA.
Top scorers:
Batumi: G.Kvelashvili 21+11reb+1ast, L.Keshelava 21+3reb+1ast, A.Eliashvili 14+6reb, D.Sanadze 13+2reb+1ast, A.Chkhatarashvili 4+4reb+1ast, L.Eliadze 3+4reb+2ast
TSU Tbilisi: M.Berishvili 27+9reb+4ast, M.Panchulidze 24+1reb+2ast, I.Londaridze 14+5reb, Z.Korkotadze 11+9reb+1ast, D.Khizanishvili 7+4reb, M.Chitashvili 7+4reb+7ast
gschID: 114908


Army - Samedicino 80-53

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Tbilisi: Army Sport Klub (#1) and Samedicino-Academia (#7). Army Sport Klub (14-2) smashed visiting Samedicino-Academia (5-11) by 27 points 80-53. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Samedicino-Academia. The game was mostly controlled by Army Sport Klub. Samedicino-Academia was better in second period 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Army Sport Klub players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. International swingman Anatoliy Boisa (195-83, college: Lincoln Memorial, agency: World Sport Agency) scored 17 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Givi Bakradze (185-91) chipped in 12 points and 9 assists during the contest. Five Army Sport Klub players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was center Akaki Dvalishvili (206-90) with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks and American guard Jeff Rogers (185-73, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Impact Basketball) scored 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted Army Sport Klub maintains first position with 14-2 record. Samedicino-Academia at the other side keeps the seventh place with 11 games lost. They share the position with GTU Tbilisi and Batumi. Army Sport Klub's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Dinamo Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
Samedicino: A.Dvalishvili 19+8reb, J.Rogers 10+7reb+6ast, T.Chachibaia 9+3reb+1ast, B.Bekauri 5+4reb, T.Niniashvili 4+3reb, M.Chochua 3+4reb
Army: A.Boisa 17+4reb+4ast, G.Sharabidze 15+8reb, G.Bakradze 12+4reb+9ast, V.Minashvili 11+6reb, K.Tugushi 10+11reb+2ast, S.Atuashvili 4+1reb
gschID: 114909


GSAU Tbilisi - MIA Tbilisi 68-85

Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Tbilisi: MIA (#4) and GSAU (#10). GSAU was smashed at home by 17 points 68-85 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The game was mostly controlled by MIA. GSAU was better in third quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded GSAU 46-35 including a 35-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. MIA players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by GSAU helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Cameroonian forward Talba Toudjani (201-80) who scored 5 points and 16 rebounds. American guard Troy Cotton (185-88, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) chipped in 17 points. At the other side the best for losing team was guard George Khaniashvili (194-89) who recorded 20 points and guard Davit Artsividze (178-83) added 10 points and 4 assists respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. MIA (12-4) moved-up to third place, which they share with Kutaisi. GSAU lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 13 games lost. MIA's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi TSU.
Top scorers:
GSAU Tbilisi: G.Khaniashvili 20+3reb+3ast, D.Artsividze 10+4reb+4ast, K.Mumladze 9+5reb, G.Gemazashvili 8+8reb+1ast, R.Baakashvili 7+2reb+1ast, G.Javakhshvili 5+1reb+1ast
MIA Tbilisi: T.Cotton 17+3reb+3ast, I.Berishvili 15+3reb+4ast, D.Barbakadze 12+3reb+2ast, K.Tomaradze 7+3reb, G.Nikoladze 7+2reb+1ast, B.Lezhava 6+3reb
gschID: 114910


Kutaisi - Sokhumi 82-81

The most exciting game of round 18 in the Superleague took place in Kutaisi. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Sokhumi (10-7) to third ranked Kutaisi (12-4) 82-81 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sokhumi. Sokhumi trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 23-11 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 81-82 at the end of the game. Kutaisi looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. It was a good game for forward Giorgi Barbakadze (203-91) who saved his team from a defeat with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Buba Kvimsadze (195-82) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Guard Lasha Parghalava (191-87, college: Montana St. - Billin) replied with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and American forward Richard Damus (198-83, college: Troy) added 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Sokhumi. Five Kutaisi and four Sokhumi players scored in double figures. Kutaisi have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 12-4 record having just two points less than leader Army, which they share with MIA Tbilisi. Sokhumi at the other side keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. Kutaisi is looking forward to face Samedicino-Academia (#8) in Tbilisi in the next round where they are favorite. Sokhumi's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi GTU.
Top scorers:
Sokhumi: R.Damus 21+8reb, L.Parghalava 17+6reb+7ast, I.Shanidze 12+4reb+4ast, E.Harris 11+7reb+2ast, Z.Antadze 8+2reb, I.Chlaidze 7+2reb+1ast
Kutaisi: G.Barbakadze 25+9reb+1ast, B.Kvimsadze 15+5reb+10ast, A.Lominashvili 14+2reb+3ast, L.Tsekvava 11+8reb+6ast, R.Didia 11+9reb+7ast, V.Koguashvili 6+3reb
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Derrick Allen Returns Home And Hasn't Forgotten The Ballerina Moves And Kevin Mchale Type Fade Away Jumper Pacing Alba Berlin by The Deutsche Bank Skyliners 79-70 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


One Thing that is always interesting to observe in professional sports is when a player returns back to his old stomping ground for the first time since his departure. How an athlete is received by the fans can be positive or negative. Ken Griffey jr returned back to Seattle in 2007 as a Cincinnati Red and received a 15 minute tribute, Michael Jordan came back to Chicago as a Washington Wizard and got several minutes of standing ovations or Wayne Gretzky returning back to Edmonton where he won 4 Stanley Cups as an L.A King listened to 4 minutes of standing ovations and got cheers every time he touched the puck while other returns have not been as memorable as Johnny Damon of the New York Yankees came back to Boston and witnessed as the fans unleashed a fury of boos, or Bret Favre going back to Green Bay where he won a Super Bowl in 1997 as a Minnesota Viking and was violently booed by fans. However for Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) to be booed, who played three season with the Deutsche Bank Skyliners and was loved by everyone was about as unlikely as Charlie Sheen letting the cat have his tongue for at least 24 hours as it seems like he is constantly talking to some media outlet. Allen led Alba Berlin in scoring with 17 points and helped his team make a furious come back in the third quarter and lead the 8 time BEKO BBL champion to a 79-70 win and was all smiles after the win. Allen was put in OT duty long after the win signing autographs for everyone while the first players had finished showering. At times it looked likes a swarm of bees were hovering around Allen and the American as the queen Bee as his yellow warm up suit made him fit that part 'Wearing the yellow wasnt as strange as coming back into the arena again. It already felt strange last night practicing here. It felt great playing here and I am very proud of my ex teammates and the type of season that they are having', warned Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi). Everyone in Frankfurt talks about Wood for MVP while in Berlin its Allen. 'Allen is our MVP. He represents the heart of the team. He isour leader and everyone else follows him in line', stressed ex Telekom Baskets Bonn guard Bryce Taylor (196-G-86, agency: Priority Sports).

With Wood and Allen going against each other and the Frankfurt point guard having scored 32 points in Berlin last November, some were speculating on a harsh scoring duel between the two Americans and a possible 30 point effort by both players? 'The chance of both getting 30 points was not likely. This was a tough game and both teams knew about the other player very well. Allen is a great competitor. I have played against a guy like him before that has so much fire, heart and leadership. He plays at 100 miles an hour in each play. I wish that I could of played with him in Frankfurt', explained DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.). Allen didnt focus on a Wood-Allen show at all. I think that this wasnt a Allen-Wood duel, but more a duel between Alba Berlin and Frankfurt. Wood is a great player. I thought that I had a solid game', added Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi). Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) may be the silent type, but was in awe about the work ethic and play of Allen. 'Allen is a tough aggressive player, but not bulky but quick on the offensive rebound. It was a good challenge playing him. He is aggressive, but not a dirty player and I like that in him. I see a lot of myself in his playing style', stressed Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR). 'Allen is a good player. He got offensive rebounds and just hurt us', stressed Skyliner forward Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois)

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners had their 7 game winning streak snapped while Alba Berlin won their sixth game in a row and are getting more and more into a groove under new coach Muli Katzurin (agency: Avi Zilberman ). It was a very tight game until the end of the third quarter where Alba Berlin went on a run. took control of the game and held off Frankfurt in the fourth quarter for the win. 'We fought against the problems that we had in the first half in the second half and got better on defense. The most important thing that we did in the second half was controlling the rebounds. This was an important and strong performance on the road', stressed Alba Berlin sport director Mithat Demirel 'A loss is a loss. This loss wasnt as difficult to take as say a buzzer beater, because we were prepared for it at the end. We had a chance to win, but after Alba Berlin got the 10 point lead, we were unable to recover and couldnt come back', added Skyliner forward Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR).

Despite the many player changes in the last months and new coach Muli Katzurin (agency: Avi Zilberman ) coming on board, Alba Berlin has a strong 6-2 record and still have a way to go before being 100% ready for the 2011 BEKO BBL playoffs, but Alba Berlin CEO Marco Baldi is confident that his team will play a major role in post season play. 'I think that our record isnt the deciding factor at the moment. When you make mid season changes, new elements come into the game even though you cant really change much. We have to learn to get more stability in pressure game situations and it is getting better. We play quicker and have more defensive systems and all in all are more variable and have more options. Before the season, no one really knew if Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) would be capable to produce the type of stats in Berlin like he did in Frankfurt with all the star players around him, but he has proved too all doubters that he can score if its with a BG Karlsruhe, Leverkusen, Frankfurt or Berlin. 'I wasnt sure if Allen would become our top scorer, but I knew that he would come through. He as fulfilled our expectations and I am very happy about that', expressed Marco Baldi . Another topic of discussion has been German National player Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) who has not become the role player that many expected. In his first 10 games, Schaffartzik has scored only 9 points in 68 minutes, but got the confidence of Katzurin and came in early as Taylor Rochestie (185-G-85, college: Washington St.) had two quick fouls. 'Why doesnt Schaffartzik play more is the same like asking why does DaShaun Wood play more than Dominik Bahiense De Mello? What we like about Schaffartzik is that he could of played elsewhere and played more, but he decided to come here and fight for playing time. He has to find his way here and when he does play then he knows that he has reached the highest level', added Marco Baldi . 'Heiko did a good job tonight and showed that he can play when called upon. He came in and kept the intensity high for us. He found the open guys. It was bad luck that he hurt his finger', added Alba Berlin sport director Mihat Demirel. In the Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) talks, it seems like FC Bayern Munich and The Brose Baskets Bamberg are the huge favorites to land the NBA star and nobody talks about the chances for him to go to the Spree and Alba Berlin. 'It is hard to comment on him, because there is no lockout yet. We will try our best to get him, but he wont speak with anyone until a lockout is definite', added Marco Baldi .

The Lego man with the #14 was back in the Ballsporthalle after making his debut in Giessen some weeks ago and tried to intimidate the Alba Berlin players. When the game finally started, the 5,002 fans would not be disappointed as both teams came out of the gates showing a fierce will to win. in the first few minutes, the game was tight as Alba Berlin had the lead through Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80, college: Cincinnati) and Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) , but Frankfurt was able to tie the game twice with Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia) free throws and a lay in. Allen gave Alba Berlin the lead back 6-4, but Frankfurt then caught fire going on a 8-0 run to lead 12-6 as the team got a Muurinen three pointer, Moss dunk and Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) lay in on the fast break. Frankfurt continued to keep the lead getting heads up play as well as Muurinen blocked Bryce Taylor (196-G-86, agency: Priority Sports) and Wood picking up the wall and just throwing the ball towards the opponents basket and letting Super tez retrieve the ball like a dog a stick. Alba Berlin got a Mcelroy three pointer and a pull up jumper from Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) who had come into the game on account of two early Taylor Rochestie (185-G-85, college: Washington St.) fouls. However despite the 18-11 Frankfurt lead, Alba Berlin was able to escape this uncomfortable situation with a 12-8 run to trail only 26-23 after one quarter. Alba Berlin got a Allen lay in and Mcelroy penetration hoop to cut the Frankfurt lead to only 18-16. Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) then scored inside and got rewarded with an end one. Schaffartzik then nailed one of his usual first step and release jumper as Alba Berlin trailed only 21-18. Alba Berlin then got a Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) three pointer and Sven Schultze (208-C-78) lay in as Frankfurt led 24-23. Skyliner captain closed out the first quarter with a jumper as Frankfurt led 26-23. 'The first quarter showed just how intense this game was. Frankfurt played very physical, but we managed to come back', added Mihat Demirel. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 42% from the field and 20% from outside while Alba Berlin was shooting 63% from the field and 40% from outside. Frankfurt had the dominating 12-4 rebound edge, but three turnovers and Alba Berlin only two turnovers.

The second quarter was very interesting as it saw four lead changes and the first bigger Alba Berlin run of 8-0 as they took the lead 31-26. Dragicevic got hot nailing two bombs from outside and Mcelroy scoring on transition on a nice ally-op pass from Schaffartzik. Alba Berlin got two steals from Schaffartzik as the Alba Berlin defense pushed their offense. Frankfurt didnt hesitate or fall more into atail spin, but took charge going on their own 8-0 run to lead 33-31 and prove that basketball si always a game of runs. Wood started the run and seems to discover a new kind of shot in almost every game as he scored submarine style, Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) drooped a three pointer over Schaffartzik and Roger Powell scored on a left handed lay in. Allen and Wood then traded baskets as the Alabama native grabbed some offensive boards doing a good job boxing out Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia) and Wood scored on a floater. Nolte tied the game with a free throw 36-36. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners regained the momentum in the last minutes of the second quarter going on a 9-5 run to lead 45-41 at halftime. Powell nailed a three pointer and Wood made a steal and went coast to coast. The last two plays of the second quarter were very spectacular as Roger Powell made a powering and thundering one handed dunk over Dragicevic and Allen swooped on a Taylor air ball and put the ball home as the buzzer sounded. 'We had massive problems rebounding the basketball which was the main reason why Frankfurt was able to stay in the game', stressed ex German national player Mithat Demirel The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 45% from the field and 30% from three point land while Alba Berlin was shooting 50% from the field and 42% from three point land. Frankfurt had control of the rebound duel 20-14 and six turnovers while Alba Berlin had seven turnovers.

In the beginning of the third quarter, both teams seemed a bit nervous, but Frankfurt scored first on a Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) lay in as Frankfurt showed good team offense on that score. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners remained in front as Wood scored on the fast break again and Nolte was set up by the current top scorer of the BEKO BBL as Frankfurt led 51-45. However Frankfurt was unable to keep the lead as they allowed a 8-0 run by Alba Berlin as they led 53-51. Alba Berlin did serious damage inside as Yassin Idbihi (208-F-83, college: Buffalo) scored inside and drew a foul. Taylor scored on a reverse layup and Rochestie sunk a runner for the Alba Berlin lead. Frankfurt was careless on offense not letting it flow like earlier in the game and had some turnovers. The two clubs then traded leads as Wood scored and Rochestie made another runner. Robertson then scored on the fast break as Frankfurt led for its last time 56-55. Alba Berlin then closed out the third quarter with a 9-0 run to lead 64-56 making the Ballsporthalle as quiet as a libary. 'Alba Berlin made plays and switched up things on defense and got the lead back', added Roger Powell Alba Berlin was shooting 50% from the field and 36% from the parking lot while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 43% from the field and 27% from the parking lot. Alba Berlin was leading the rebound fight again 26-25 and had 11 turnovers while Frankfurt had 13 turnovers.

In the fourth quarter, Alba Berlin got on the score board first as Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) presented his fade away jumper that had a touch of grace on it like that of Boston Celtic Kevin Mchale back in the day. One thing that The Deutsche Bank Skyliners would not do would be too give up. They fought and scrapped on a mini 4-0 run to trail only 66-60. An alert Pascal Roller (180-G-76) saw Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) open alone and fed him a perfect ally-op for the tip in. Wood then scored on his typical penetration lay up and suddenly the Ballsporthalle was alive and kicking again. However time was running out and Frankfurt was unable to get big defensive stops as Mcelroy nailed a three pointer and Taylor capitalized on a fade away jumper from the wing as Alba Berlin led 71-60. However Frankfurt still had some kick in their engine roaring right back and going on a mini 4-0 run to trail only 71-64. Robertson hit a fade away jumper and Mckinney a catch and pop jumper. After two Rochestie free throws, Frankfurt continued to hold hope as Powell made a hard fought bucket in traffic under the hoop and Super Tez made a difficult lay in traffic as well as Alba Berlin led only 73-68. Frankfurt was aided by some missed Alba Berlin free throws and Wood responded with a pull up jumper on the fast break as Frankfurt trailed only 74-70. Frankfurt couldnt make anymore baskets as Mckinney missed, Tez couldnt slam home a ally-op dunk and Wood missed. Taylor scored insurance free throws in the last 30 seconds as Alba Berlin came up with a hard fought victory. 'We got important rebounds, defended well and kept a cool head not letting Frankfurt bring us out of our rhythm', stated Mithat Demirel 'They played good defense in the fourth quarter and took us out of the things that we like to do and they beat us up on the boards', stressed DaShaun Wood. 'We struggled with our offense in the fourth quarter. We were unable to get good shots and seemed to hesitate taking some shots which I dont why. We will have to look on film why that was', warned Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR).

Alba Berlin was led by Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) with 17 points and nine rebounds. Immanuel McElroy chipped in with 14 points. Yassin Idbihi (208-F-83, college: Buffalo) added 11 points and Bryce Taylor (196-G-86, agency: Priority Sports) 10 points. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Dashaun wood with 18 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three blocks. Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) contributed 15 points. Despite the loss, some critics may think that had Wood scored 32 points like in Berlin, then the team would of won, but according to the American that isnt so. 'I have been spectacular in 26 or 27 games. Even though 18 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists is decent, but I cant be spectacular in every game. We have to have a better balance on offense to win these type of games', added DaShaun Wood. Alba Berlin shot better than The Deutsche Bank Skyliners, but Frankfurt won the rebounding affair at the end at 37-36. There are things that Frankfurt will have to improve on in the next game. 'Our three point shooting at 19% was way off. We also missed easy lay ups early in the game. I thought that we did an ok job on defense. We were aggressive, but still gave easy put backs and gave up offensive rebounds. We could have been better on defense, but the effort was there', described Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR). The most interesting stat of the game was the free throw balance. At halftime Frankfurt was 12/15 from the free throw line and Alba Berlin only 2/3. After 40 minutes, alba Berlin was 17/23 and Frankfurt still at 12/15. The referees seemed to be a topic again at the end of the game, but for DaShaun Wood it was Alba Berlin that was cause for the win. 'Fouls are a part of the game. The refs have to call the way they see it. In the NCAA tournament, three refs had to go after the St Johns game because they didnt make a call in the last seconds. If it a foul then its a foul. You have to give Alba Berlin a lot of credit. They played more aggressive and got the ball inside and penetrated which is always a good way to draw fouls', added DaShaun Wood. The loss against Alba Berlin should be a valuable stepping stone in the continued development of The Deutsche bank Skyliners. 'This was a game where we got slapped upside the head. Now we must refocus and learn from this experience and get better for MBC', warned DaShaun Wood. MBC hosts The Deutsche Bank Skyliners March 26th at 19:30.


1.Bundesliga Round 28: ALBA Berlin beats Deutsche Bank Skyliners in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in 1.Bundesliga is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 6 rounds. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Frankfurt. Third ranked ALBA Berlin faced their biggest opponent Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Guests from Berlin (20-8) defeated host Deutsche Bank Skyliners (21-7) 79-70. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Deutsche Bank Skyliners. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 38-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Deutsche Bank Skyliners helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Derrick Allen (203-80, college: Mississippi, agency: Pro One Sports) fired 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. International forward Yassin Idbihi (208-83, college: Buffalo) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. American guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) produced 18 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. ALBA Berlin have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 20-8 record having six points less than leader Brose Baskets. Deutsche Bank Skyliners at the other side keep the second place with seven games lost. ALBA Berlin are looking forward to face league's leader Brose Baskets in Bamberg in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play on the road against Mitteldeutscher BC in Weissenfels and are hoping to win this game.
Leader Brose Baskets delivered the twentieth sixth victory. This time they crushed 16th ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (7-21) 79-53 in Bamberg. Worth to mention a great performance of international power forward Tibor Pleiss (214-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Anton Gavel contributed with 18 points for the winners. American guard Wayne Bernard (190-81, college: Davidson) replied with 17 points and 6 rebounds for Mitteldeutscher BC. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first position with 26-2 record. Mitteldeutscher BC lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth place with 21 games lost. They share the position with Bayreuth. Brose Baskets will play against ALBA Berlin (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against the league's second-placed Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#2) in Frankfurt and hopes to get back on the winning track.
ratiopharm Ulm (12-16) survived in overtime against TBB Trier (15-13) by five points 90-85 on Sunday night. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of John Bryant who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points, 18 rebounds and 5 blocks (made all of his nine free throws !!!). ratiopharm Ulm's coach Mike Taylor used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Dru Joyce responded with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. ratiopharm Ulm moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Phoenix Hagen. Loser TBB Trier dropped to the seventh position with 13 games lost. They share it with EnBW L'burg. ratiopharm Ulm will meet higher ranked Telekom Baskets (#10) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. TBB Trier will play against Gloria Giants in Duesseldorf and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Oldenburg. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 9th ranked Telekom Baskets (13-14) to seventh ranked EWE Baskets (16-12) 75-73 on Sunday evening. The winners were led by Mindaugas Lukauskis who had that evening a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. EWE Baskets moved-up to fifth place, which they share with NY Phantoms. Telekom Baskets at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 14 games lost. EWE Baskets' next round opponent will be EnBW Ludwigsburg (#8) on the road. Telekom Baskets will play against ratiopharm Ulm.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Bayreuth, where higher ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (15-13) lost to seventeenth ranked BBC Bayreuth (7-21) in a road game 79-90 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of EnBW Ludwigsburg. Jared Reiner fired 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. BBC Bayreuth's coach Andreas Wagner allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. BBC Bayreuth moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with MBC. Loser EnBW Ludwigsburg dropped to the seventh position with 13 games lost. BBC Bayreuth will face higher ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#9) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

In the last game of round 28 LTi 46ers were defeated by Bremerhaven in a road game 79-65.



Bayreuth - EnBW L'burg 90-79

We should mention about the upset which took place in Bayreuth, where higher ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (15-13) lost to seventeenth ranked BBC Bayreuth (7-21) in a road game 79-90 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of EnBW Ludwigsburg. The game without a history. BBC Bayreuth led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. BBC Bayreuth outrebounded EnBW Ludwigsburg 31-17 including 22 on the defensive glass. American center Jared Reiner (211-82, college: Iowa, agency: Priority Sports) fired 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. The other American import guard Danny Gibson (180-84, college: S.Indiana, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 22 points and 5 assists. Four BBC Bayreuth players scored in double figures. BBC Bayreuth's coach Andreas Wagner allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Alex Harris (196-86, agency: Interperformances) produced 29 points and 4 assists and Lithuanian forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. BBC Bayreuth moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with MBC. Loser EnBW Ludwigsburg dropped to the seventh position with 13 games lost. BBC Bayreuth will face higher ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#9) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Bayreuth: D.Gibson 22+1reb+5ast, J.Reiner 19+8reb+1ast, E.Ibekwe 16+7reb, D.Neitzel 12+3reb+6ast, M.Ginyard 9+4reb+2ast, J.Harris 5+1reb
EnBW L'burg: A.Harris 29+4ast, D.Zavackas 11+5reb+1ast, J.Bowler 10+1reb, J.Green 8+1reb+7ast, T.Bailey 8+1reb+2ast, S.Vene 7+1reb
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Dt.Bank SKY - ALBA 70-79

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Frankfurt. Third ranked ALBA Berlin faced their biggest opponent Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Guests from Berlin (20-8) defeated host Deutsche Bank Skyliners (21-7) 79-70. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Deutsche Bank Skyliners. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 38-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Deutsche Bank Skyliners helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Derrick Allen (203-80, college: Mississippi, agency: Pro One Sports) fired 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. International forward Yassin Idbihi (208-83, college: Buffalo) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. Four ALBA Berlin players scored in double figures. American guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) produced 18 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and his fellow American import guard Quantez Robertson (190-84, college: Auburn) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. ALBA Berlin have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 20-8 record having six points less than leader Brose Baskets. Deutsche Bank Skyliners at the other side keep the second place with seven games lost. ALBA Berlin are looking forward to face league's leader Brose Baskets in Bamberg in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play on the road against Mitteldeutscher BC in Weissenfels and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
ALBA: D.Allen 17+9reb+1ast, I.McElroy 14+3reb, Y.Idbihi 11+6reb+1ast, B.Taylor 10+2reb+1ast, T.Dragicevic 9+5reb, T.Rochestie 7+2reb+2ast
Dt.Bank SKY: D.Wood 18+7reb+7ast, Q.Robertson 15+6reb+1ast, R.Powell 9+5reb, M.Nolte 8+4reb, C.Moss 8+3reb, K.Muurinen 5+3reb+2ast
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Brose Baskets - MBC 79-53

Leader Brose Baskets delivered the twentieth sixth victory. This time they crushed 16th ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (7-21) 79-53 in Bamberg. The game without a history. Brose Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Brose Baskets forced 25 Mitteldeutscher BC turnovers. Mitteldeutscher BC was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of international power forward Tibor Pleiss (214-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Slovakian guard Anton Gavel (189-84, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Five Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. American guard Wayne Bernard (190-81, college: Davidson) replied with 17 points and 6 rebounds and forward Sascha Leutloff (202-82, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 9 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Mitteldeutscher BC. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first position with 26-2 record. Mitteldeutscher BC lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth place with 21 games lost. They share the position with Bayreuth. Brose Baskets will play against ALBA Berlin (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against the league's second-placed Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#2) in Frankfurt and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Brose Baskets: A.Gavel 18+3ast, T.Pleiss 12+11reb+1ast, B.Roberts 12+2reb+6ast, R.Terry 12+4reb, K.Hines 10+4reb, P.Suput 10+2reb+3ast
MBC: W.Bernard 17+6reb+2ast, S.Leutloff 9+9reb, G.Grunheid 7+1reb+1ast, R.Ross 6+5reb+4ast, V.Radinovic 5+7reb, R.Dramicanin 4+1reb
gschID: 93126


ratiopharm - TBB Trier 90-85 OT

ratiopharm Ulm (12-16) survived in overtime against TBB Trier (15-13) by five points 90-85 on Sunday night. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when ratiopharm Ulm made 8 blocks. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points, 18 rebounds and 5 blocks (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and forward Daniel Fitzgerald (206-84, college: Marquette) who added 15 points during the contest. Fitzgerald is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. ratiopharm Ulm's coach Mike Taylor used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side guard Dru Joyce (183-85, college: Akron) responded with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and guard John Bynum (191-78, college: Metro St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. ratiopharm Ulm moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Phoenix Hagen. Loser TBB Trier dropped to the seventh position with 13 games lost. They share it with EnBW L'burg. ratiopharm Ulm will meet higher ranked Telekom Baskets (#10) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. TBB Trier will play against Gloria Giants in Duesseldorf and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
ratiopharm: J.Bryant 27+18reb+1ast, D.Fitzgerald 15+3reb+2ast, R.Benzing 11+5reb+1ast, P.Guenther 11+1ast, C.Collins 11+4reb+1ast, R.Trice 9+8reb+2ast
TBB Trier: D.Joyce 24+5reb+5ast, J.Bynum 18+9reb+1ast, G.Evans 18+8reb+1ast, B.Stewart 11+6reb+1ast, M.Zirbes 7+4reb, D.Dojcin 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 93122


EWE Baskets - Telekom Baskets 75-73

A very interesting game took place in Oldenburg. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 9th ranked Telekom Baskets (13-14) to seventh ranked EWE Baskets (16-12) 75-73 on Sunday evening. Telekom Baskets were ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 28-20 charge of EWE Baskets, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Telekom Baskets outrebounded EWE Baskets 34-21 including a 14-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Telekom Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by Lithuanian guard Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-79) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and American guard Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri, agency: Pro One Sports) supported him with 8 points and 4 assists. Even 24 points by American guard Mark Tyndale (196-86, college: Temple) did not help to save the game for Telekom Baskets. His fellow American import center Chris Ensminger (209-73, college: Valparaiso, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 14 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. EWE Baskets moved-up to fifth place, which they share with NY Phantoms. Telekom Baskets at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 14 games lost. EWE Baskets' next round opponent will be EnBW Ludwigsburg (#8) on the road. Telekom Baskets will play against ratiopharm Ulm.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: M.Lukauskis 21+11reb+6ast, O.Stevic 11+1reb, E.Gill 10+1reb+2ast, A.Baynes 8+1reb, C.McNaughton 8+1reb, R.Paulding 8+2reb+4ast
Telekom Baskets: M.Tyndale 24+3reb+2ast, C.Ensminger 14+8reb, N.Wise 13+3reb+3ast, T.Ohlbrecht 7+8reb, J.Jaacks 6+5reb, A.King 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 93119


Bremerhaven - LTi 46ers 79-65

There was no surprise when 15th ranked LTi 46ers (8-21) were defeated on the road by eleventh ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (14-14) 79-65 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. LTi 46ers was better in second period 13-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven forced 24 LTi 46ers turnovers. LTi 46ers were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Canadian power forward Sean Denison (210-85, college: Santa Clara) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American forward Craig Callahan (203-81, college: NC-Wilmington) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Anthony Smith (196-86, college: Liberty, agency: Pro One Sports) produced 11 points and his fellow American import forward Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro One Sports) added 12 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven moved-up to ninth place. Loser LTi 46ers keep the fifteenth position with 21 games lost. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will face BBC Bayreuth (#17) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. LTi 46ers will play against BG Goettingen.
Top scorers:
Bremerhaven: C.Callahan 17+8reb+1ast, T.Everett 13+3reb+4ast, S.Denison 13+11reb+3ast, J.Brewer 10+1reb+3ast, P.Schwethelm 8+3reb+3ast, T.Brazelton 7+1ast
LTi 46ers: Z.Peacock 12+2reb+1ast, A.Smith 11+4reb+1ast, M.Jeffers 10+2reb, R.Brooks 10+3reb+1ast, D.Madrich 6+4reb+2ast, J.Freese 5+1reb
gschID: 93120




John Bynum (TBB Trier) We Miss The Depth Being Undermanned, But There Are Still Only 5 Guys OnThe Court At Once - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) is a 32 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that is playing his first season with TBB Trier. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who can shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2.Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5 (26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4 (5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.'06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.'08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.'08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. Last season, he played in the PRO A for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. He spoke with eurobasket after the 76-65 win against THe EWE Baskets Oldenburg.

A big 76-65 win at home against Oldenburg. How big was this win considering it came without the service of Philipp Zwiener?

Any win is big for us but us especially on our home court, but with Phil being out it doesnt make things easier but all season we have fought hard no matter what game and I think we showed a lot of heart and showed what our team was about last night.

How was this win another stepping stone on the way to the BEKO BBL playoffs? It seems like the saying'WE BELIEVE' was strengthed by the way you won this game a bit undermanned?


Yea I think its great, but like you said, it is a stepping stone and we still got another stepping stone when we play Ulm on Sunday again. But each win brings us closer to what we are trying to accomplish like any other team in the playoff race right now. As far as being undermand, yes we miss the depth and people are logging more minutes than usual, but there are still are only 5 guys at the court at once.


TBB Trier got stronger in the second quarter out scoring Oldenburg 20-11. What was key in this quarter with the improved play?


I think in the 2nd quarter we were able to get stops and get out in transistion and get some easy looks. We did a lot of things good in that quarter and the key was our defense in my opinion.

The six team turnovers is a compliment to you and Dru Joyce. How difficult is it in general to limit turnovers against a team like Oldenburg?

I think it was a key in the game, because any time you take care of the ball you will have a good chance to be in the game. As far as the compliment it is a team thing but Dru doesnt turn it over much and I saw a stat that Barry has not had a turnover in the last 3 games and he has played over 30 minutes in each game.

How challenging was it playing against Eddie Gill who played in the NBA?


It always is a challenge when you play anyone in the BBL with NBA experience. He is a very experienced guard and did a lot of good things for them.

What was the play of the game for you?


Wow nothing really stands out because I think we really controlled the game in a lot of areas, but Dragan Dojcin hit a key three pointer and Barry Stewart hit so many big shots down the strectch, he is really playing well for us.

The next game is against Ratiopharm Ulm. What is your memory of the 85-79 win earlier in the season?


I really dont remember too much from that game earlier this season. I know that we got the win on our home court and I know they will be ready on there home court trying to get a win.

Ratiopharm Ulm can be very explosive on offense. What will be key in getting the win? Rebounding might be number one on the agenda in this game?


For sure, it always starts on the defensive end with us, and we are going to have to rebound well especially with us being 'undermand' lol. But naw we just have to take care of the ball and play solid basketball and stick together when or if they get on a run on there homecourt.


What does Danny Green bring to the table for The San Antonio Spurs that just signed him for the rest of the season?


It will be interesting to see what he does, but he has some guys in front of him but we will see.

Can Kevin Love break his own 53 double double streak?


Yes he can. He is having a great season and I'm a believer now.

Thanks John for the chat.


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel21.1 
 2. Shepherd, Osnab.20.2 
 3. Watts, Dragons18.1 
 4. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau18.1 
 5. Roessler, Karlsruhe17.8 
 6. Brooks, Kirchheim17.8 
 7. Samarco, Webmoebel17.5 
 8. Yearby, Cuxhaven17.1 
 9. Gause, Freiburg16.9 
 10. Harbut, Chemnitz16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Smallwood, Cuxha.10.9 
 2. Smallwood, Kirchheim9.8 
 3. Yearby, Cuxhaven9.7 
 4. Black, Karlsruhe8.6 
 5. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau8.6 
 6. Watts, Dragons8.4 
 7. Schoo, Heidelberg8.4 
 8. De Michael, Kirchheim8.1 
 9. Shaw, Chemnitz7.8 
 10. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron COOK
  Cuxhaven
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Cook, Cuxhaven6.1 
 2. Zazai, Chemnitz5.8 
 3. Gray, Crailsheim5.8 
 4. Brooks, Kirchheim5.4 
 5. Jeka, Wuerzburg4.7 
 6. Johnson, Webmoebel4.6 
 7. Burnette, Osnab.4.5 
 8. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.5 
 9. Larsen, Dragons4.4 
 10. Lowery, Braves4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Paul GAUSE
  Freiburg
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Gause, Freiburg3.0 
 2. Johnson, Webmoebel2.9 
 3. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau2.3 
 4. Johnson, Chemnitz2.0 
 5. Zazai, Chemnitz2.0 
 6. Brooks, Kirchheim1.9 
 7. Shaw, Chemnitz1.8 
 8. Gray, Crailsheim1.7 
 9. Burns, Webmoebel1.7 
 10. Alexander, ETB W.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Smallwood, Kirchheim1.9 
 2. Williams, Karlsruhe1.8 
 3. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.1.8 
 4. Schoo, Heidelberg1.7 
 5. Yearby, Cuxhaven1.4 
 6. Fleetwood, Osnab.1.3 
 7. Hill, Jena1.2 
 8. Henry, Hannover1.2 
 9. Shaw, Cuxhaven1.2 
 10. De Michael, Kirchheim1.1 


ProA Round 25: Oliver Baskets lose to USC Freiburg - 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.

The game between second ranked s Oliver Baskets (18-7) and twelfth ranked USC Freiburg (9-16) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. s Oliver Baskets were defeated by USC Freiburg in a tough game in Freiburg 80-89. The game without a history. USC Freiburg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. 30 personal fouls committed by s Oliver Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Janis Heindel (199-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Jamar Nutter (188-84, college: Seton Hall) contributed with 21 points for the winners. American guard Jonathan Levy (193-82, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) answered with 15 points and 5 rebounds for s Oliver Baskets. s Oliver Baskets' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. USC Freiburg have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain twelfth place with 9-16 record. Newly promoted s Oliver Baskets keep the second position with seven games lost. USC Freiburg are looking forward to face ETB Wohnbau (#14) in Essen in the next round. s Oliver Baskets will play at home against USC Heidelberg (#11) and are hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Science City Jena managed to get a eighth victory, breaking the series of two consecutive loses. This time they won against fourteenth-ranked Dragons Rhoendorf 91-80. Canadian guard Tyler Kepkay (183-87, college: Utah) stepped up and scored 32 points and 4 assists for the winners and Melvin Hall chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side American guard DeUndrae Spraggins (191-83, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) responded with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Science City Jena (8-17) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with ETB Wohnbau and Cuxhaven. Newly promoted Dragons Rhoendorf dropped to the bottom position with 18 games lost. Science City Jena will play against higher ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dragons Rhoendorf will play against Hannover Tigers (#10) in Hannover and hopes to get back on the winning track.
ProA top team - Bayern Muenchen (24-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed ninth ranked BG Karlsruhe (11-14) 91-56. Beckham Wyrick nailed 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Bayern Muenchen's coach Dirk Bauermann felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jeremy Black came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds for BG Karlsruhe in the defeat. Bayern Muenchen have an impressive series of nineteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 24-1 record. BG Karlsruhe at the other side keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. Bayern Muenchen will meet at home Saar-Pfalz Braves (#5) in the next round. BG Karlsruhe will play against GiroLive-Ballers (#3) in Osnabrueck and hope to secure a win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between BV Chemnitz 99 (16-9) and USC Heidelberg (10-15), which took place in Heidelberg. 4th placed BV Chemnitz 99 lost to eleventh ranked USC Heidelberg in a road game 72-78. Bjorn Schoo fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. USC Heidelberg moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Hannover. BV Chemnitz 99 at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. USC Heidelberg's next round opponent will be league's second-placed s Oliver Baskets in Wuerzburg and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BV Chemnitz 99 will play at home against Science City Jena.
Another upset was a game between Webmoebel Baskets (12-13) and ETB Wohnbau (8-17), which took place in Paderborn. Higher ranked Webmoebel Baskets lost at home to fifteenth ranked ETB Wohnbau 81-91 on Sunday. It was a very good performance for Chris Alexander who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 4 steals. ETB Wohnbau moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Jena and Cuxhaven. Loser Webmoebel Baskets keep the eighth position with 13 games lost. ETB Wohnbau will face higher ranked USC Freiburg (#12) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

Other games in round 25 were not that significant. Kirchheim were beaten by Cuxhaven on the road 81-68. Osnabrueck won against Crailsheim on its own court 76-69. Hannover unfortunately lost to Braves in Homburg 80-86.


Freiburg - Wuerzburg 89-80

The game between second ranked s Oliver Baskets (18-7) and twelfth ranked USC Freiburg (9-16) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. s Oliver Baskets were defeated by USC Freiburg in a tough game in Freiburg 80-89. The game without a history. USC Freiburg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. 30 personal fouls committed by s Oliver Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Janis Heindel (199-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Jamar Nutter (188-84, college: Seton Hall) contributed with 21 points for the winners. American guard Jonathan Levy (193-82, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) answered with 15 points and 5 rebounds and British-Australian guard Lee Jeka (187-83) added 12 points and 4 assists in the effort for s Oliver Baskets. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. s Oliver Baskets' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. USC Freiburg have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain twelfth place with 9-16 record. Newly promoted s Oliver Baskets keep the second position with seven games lost. USC Freiburg are looking forward to face ETB Wohnbau (#14) in Essen in the next round. s Oliver Baskets will play at home against USC Heidelberg (#11) and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Freiburg: J.Nutter 21+3reb+3ast, J.Heindel 19+11reb+1ast, X.Hansbro 14+8reb+1ast, N.Khartchenkov 11+3reb+3ast, B.McKenzie 8+3reb, A.Shoutvin 8+1reb+1ast
Wuerzburg: J.Levy 15+5reb+2ast, P.Paelay 12+2reb+1ast, L.Jeka 12+3reb+4ast, K.Wysocki 11+4reb+2ast, S.Kesselring 8+5reb+1ast, C.Henneberger 8+1reb
gschID: 93559


Jena - Dragons 91-80

Bottom-ranked Science City Jena managed to get a eighth victory, breaking the series of two consecutive loses. This time they won against fourteenth-ranked Dragons Rhoendorf 91-80. The game was mostly controlled by Science City Jena. Dragons Rhoendorf was better in third quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Science City Jena made 25-of-27 charity shots (92.6 percent) during the game. Dragons Rhoendorf was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Canadian guard Tyler Kepkay (183-87, college: Utah) stepped up and scored 32 points and 4 assists for the winners and American guard Melvin Hall (183-85, college: S.Indiana) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side American guard DeUndrae Spraggins (191-83, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) responded with 25 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import forward Ryan Howard (198-84, college: Sacred Heart) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Science City Jena (8-17) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with ETB Wohnbau and Cuxhaven. Newly promoted Dragons Rhoendorf dropped to the bottom position with 18 games lost. Science City Jena will play against higher ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dragons Rhoendorf will play against Hannover Tigers (#10) in Hannover and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Jena: T.Kepkay 32+3reb+4ast, M.Hall 13+6reb+3ast, A.Hill 12+4reb, C.Roquette 11+5reb+1ast, E.Vierneisel 8+5reb+1ast, L.Cunningham 7+2reb+3ast
Dragons: D.Spraggins 25+8reb+1ast, R.Howard 15+12reb, S.Watts 13+4reb+1ast, J.Wohlfarth-Bottermann 11+4reb+1ast, N.Larsen 7+4ast, D.Watson 3+3reb
gschID: 93560


Heidelberg - Chemnitz 78-72

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between BV Chemnitz 99 (16-9) and USC Heidelberg (10-15), which took place in Heidelberg. 4th placed BV Chemnitz 99 lost to eleventh ranked USC Heidelberg in a road game 72-78. BV Chemnitz 99 was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 31-23 charge of USC Heidelberg, which allowed them to win the game. They made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. The former international power forward Bjorn Schoo (213-81, college: Northern St., agency: Court Side) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Greg Baker (194-84, college: Adams St.) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Four USC Heidelberg players scored in double figures. American swingman Terren Harbut (198-83, college: Ohio) produced 22 points and naturalized Afghani point guard Achmadschah Zazai (177-86) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for lost side. USC Heidelberg moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Hannover. BV Chemnitz 99 at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. USC Heidelberg's next round opponent will be league's second-placed s Oliver Baskets in Wuerzburg and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BV Chemnitz 99 will play at home against Science City Jena.
Top scorers:
Heidelberg: O.Komarek 18+2reb+1ast, J.Bohannon 17+3reb+2ast, G.Baker 15+5reb+5ast, B.Schoo 15+15reb+1ast, J.Wright 7+1reb+4ast, N.Montgomery 4+1reb
Chemnitz: T.Harbut 22+4reb, T.Shaw 13+7reb+1ast, A.Zazai 12+5reb+7ast, G.Johnson 7+8reb+4ast, J.Schmidt 6+4reb+1ast, P.Stachula 6+1reb
gschID: 93561


Webmoebel - ETB Wohnbau 81-91

Another upset was a game between Webmoebel Baskets (12-13) and ETB Wohnbau (8-17), which took place in Paderborn. Higher ranked Webmoebel Baskets lost at home to fifteenth ranked ETB Wohnbau 81-91 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 40-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. ETB Wohnbau dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Webmoebel Baskets' 34. ETB Wohnbau forced 20 Webmoebel Baskets turnovers. It was a very good performance for American guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 4 steals. Naturalized Croatian guard Marco Buljevic (197-87, agency: Court Side) contributed with 19 points for the winners. American guard Martin Samarco (191-85, college: Bowling Green, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) answered with 20 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and the other American import guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul) added 18 points in the effort for Webmoebel Baskets. Four ETB Wohnbau and five Webmoebel Baskets players scored in double figures. ETB Wohnbau moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Jena and Cuxhaven. Loser Webmoebel Baskets keep the eighth position with 13 games lost. ETB Wohnbau will face higher ranked USC Freiburg (#12) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
ETB Wohnbau: C.Alexander 25+3reb+3ast, K.Chones 19+5reb, M.Buljevic 19+4reb+2ast, S.Esterkamp 16+4reb+2ast, S.Schroter 7+8reb+1ast, D.Fiorentino 5+3reb
Webmoebel: M.Samarco 20+5reb+2ast, D.Burns 18+4reb+3ast, K.Johnson 12+6reb+3ast, B.Spoeler 12+4reb, D.Lieneke 10+2reb, L.Wendt 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 93562


Cuxhaven - Kirchheim 81-68

There was a surprise result when thirteenth ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (8-17) beat at home higher ranked Kirchheim Knights (13-12) 81-68 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Cuxhaven BasCats. Kirchheim Knights was better in third quarter 25-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Cuxhaven BasCats won last quarter 23-12. Quite impressive performance for American guard Aaron Cook (186-83, college: Hartford) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 assists. His fellow American import forward Deilvez Yearby (198-87, college: IPFW) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized American power forward Ryan De Michael (205-77, college: Tennessee-Martin) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and American forward Marcus Smallwood (198-82, college: N.Illinois, agency: Court Side) added 14 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Kirchheim Knights. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Cuxhaven BasCats maintains thirteenth place with 8-17 record, which they share with ETB Wohnbau and Jena. Kirchheim Knights lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 12 games lost. Cuxhaven BasCats will face higher ranked Crailsheim Merlins (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Cuxhaven: A.Cook 20+4reb+10ast, D.Yearby 18+13reb+1ast, J.Schaffrath 18+6reb+1ast, J.Capel 17+6reb, E.Shaw 4+3reb, A.Hasenkamm 3+1reb
Kirchheim: R.De Michael 16+11reb+1ast, M.Smallwood 14+12reb, C.Brooks 14+2reb+1ast, G.Scott 13+3reb+2ast, R.Tomasevic 5+1reb+1ast, T.Koch 3+3reb
gschID: 93556


B.Muenchen - Karlsruhe 91-56

ProA top team - Bayern Muenchen (24-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed ninth ranked BG Karlsruhe (11-14) 91-56. The game without a history. Bayern Muenchen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding BG Karlsruhe to just 4 points in first quarter. They outrebounded BG Karlsruhe 37-25 including 29 on the defensive glass. Bayern Muenchen shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 3 passes made by BG Karlsruhe's players. American forward Beckham Wyrick (198-83, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Pro One Sports) nailed 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import guard Jonathan Wallace (187-86, college: Georgetown, agency: Pro One Sports) accounted for 21 points and 4 assists. Bayern Muenchen's coach Dirk Bauermann felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Jeremy Black (203-85, college: Tampa, agency: Rasmussen Services) came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds and guard Flavio Stuckemann (187-85) added 11 points and 4 steals respectively for BG Karlsruhe in the defeat. Bayern Muenchen have an impressive series of nineteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 24-1 record. BG Karlsruhe at the other side keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. Bayern Muenchen will meet at home Saar-Pfalz Braves (#5) in the next round. BG Karlsruhe will play against GiroLive-Ballers (#3) in Osnabrueck and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: J.Wallace 21+1reb+4ast, B.Wyrick 18+7reb+1ast, S.Hamann 11+5ast, M.Hubner 9+1reb+1ast, D.Hall 8+4reb+1ast, B.Doreth 8+5reb+3ast
Karlsruhe: J.Black 18+7reb+1ast, F.Stuckemann 11+1reb+1ast, J.Jones 8+1reb, A.Zyskunov 6+5reb, R.Roessler 6+4reb, D.Thorne 4+2reb
gschID: 93557


Osnabrueck - Crailsheim 76-69

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Crailsheim Merlins (14-11) lost to fourth ranked GiroLive-Ballers (16-8) in Osnabrueck 69-76 on Saturday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. GiroLive-Ballers made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Quite impressive performance for forward Tom Spoeler (206-88) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Philipp Friedel (185-87) contributed with 16 points for the winners. American forward Frank Young (196-84, college: W.Virginia) answered with 20 points and 7 rebounds and forward Femi Oladipo (199-90, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 15 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Crailsheim Merlins. Crailsheim Merlins' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the third consecutive win for GiroLive-Ballers. They moved-up to third place. Crailsheim Merlins lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 11 games lost. GiroLive-Ballers will face BG Karlsruhe (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Crailsheim Merlins will play against Cuxhaven BasCats.
Top scorers:
Osnabrueck: P.Friedel 16+3reb+2ast, I.Simin 15+4reb, T.Spoeler 12+7reb+2ast, T.Blackwood 9+2reb+7ast, S.Greene 8+4reb+3ast, A.Hird 7+11reb+1ast
Crailsheim: F.Young 20+7reb+1ast, F.Oladipo 15+9reb, R.Fuller 14+7reb, S.Brooks 6+2reb+1ast, R.Ferguson 5+4reb+1ast, D.Dorr 4+4reb
gschID: 93558


Braves - Hannover 86-80

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (15-9) won against 10th ranked Hannover Tigers (10-15) in Homburg 86-80 on Friday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Hannover Tigers were trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 27-19 charge of Saar-Pfalz Braves, which allowed them to win the game. Quite impressive performance for American guard Stephen Cramer (188-84, college: Hope, MI) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Tasheed Carr (193-85, college: St.Joseph's) contributed with 19 points for the winners. American forward Brad Byerson (201-85, college: Virginia Union) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and Canadian guard Stuart Turnbull (188-84) added 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Hannover Tigers. The victory was the third consecutive win for Saar-Pfalz Braves. They maintain fifth place with 15-9 record. Loser Hannover Tigers keep the tenth position with 15 games lost. Saar-Pfalz Braves will face league's leader Bayern Muenchen on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hannover Tigers will play against Dragons Rhoendorf (#16).
Top scorers:
Braves: S.Cramer 28+6reb+1ast, T.Carr 19+4reb+3ast, R.Lowery 16+3reb+1ast, M.Buse 7+5reb+3ast, M.Weber 6+2reb+5ast, T.Tarver 4+5reb+2ast
Hannover: B.Byerson 18+10reb+4ast, S.Turnbull 18+5reb+6ast, D.Arigbabu 13+4reb+5ast, C.Henry 8+10reb+1ast, M.Nunnally 8+2reb+1ast, T.Welzel 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 93555




Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 26-2 
 2. Dt.Bank SKY 21-7 
 3. ALBA 20-8 
 4. Art.Dragons 19-9 
 5. NY Phantoms 16-12 
 6. EWE Baskets 16-12 
 7. TBB Trier 15-13 
 8. EnBW L'burg 15-13 
 9. Bremerhaven 14-14 
 10. Telekom Baskets 13-14 
 11. Goettingen 13-14 
 12. Walter Tigers 13-15 
 13. ratiopharm 12-16 
 14. Phoenix Hagen 12-16 
 15. LTi 46ers 8-21 
 16. MBC 7-21 
 17. Bayreuth 7-21 
 18. Duesseldorf 4-23 


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. B.Muenchen 24-1 
 2. Wuerzburg 18-7 
 3. Osnabrueck 16-8 
 4. Chemnitz 16-9 
 5. Braves 15-9 
 6. Crailsheim 14-11 
 7. Kirchheim 13-12 
 8. Webmoebel 12-13 
 9. Karlsruhe 11-14 
 10. Hannover 10-15 
 11. Heidelberg 10-15 
 12. Freiburg 9-16 
 13. Jena 8-17 
 14. ETB Wohnbau 8-17 
 15. Cuxhaven 8-17 
 16. Dragons 7-18 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.Bank SKY
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Wood, Dt.18.9 
 2. Rice, Art.Dragons16.7 
 3. Allen, ALBA16.4 
 4. Bell, Phoenix Hagen16.0 
 5. Benzing, ratio.15.6 
 6. Martin, Bremerha.15.4 
 7. Harris, EnBW L.15.4 
 8. Callahan, Bremerha.15.1 
 9. Dorris, Phoenix .15.0 
 10. Ross, MBC14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 11
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm11.0 
 2. Ensminger, Teleko.8.4 
 3. Reiner, Bayreuth7.9 
 4. Watts, Walter T.7.7 
 5. Martin, Bremerha.7.1 
 6. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.9 
 7. Stevic, EWE B.6.8 
 8. Burtschi, Phoenix .6.7 
 9. Pleiss, Brose B.6.7 
 10. Fenn, Art.Dragons6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter Tigers
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Ratkovica, Walter T.7.5 
 2. Wood, Dt.5.9 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.4 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons5.1 
 5. Neitzel, Bayreuth4.4 
 6. Jordan, MBC4.3 
 7. Jordan, LTi 46ers4.2 
 8. Green, EnBW L.4.2 
 9. Gamqrelidze, LTi 4.1 
 10. Goldsberry, Brose B.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phantoms
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.2.0 
 2. Martin, Bremerha.1.7 
 3. Burtschi, Phoenix .1.6 
 4. Pryor, Phoenix .1.5 
 5. Dorris, Phoenix .1.5 
 6. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.5 
 7. Bernard, MBC1.4 
 8. Wood, Dt.1.4 
 9. Wise, Telekom .1.4 
 10. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Bayreuth
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.2.0 
 3. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.7 
 4. Bryant, ratiopharm1.7 
 5. Buechert, Phoenix .1.6 
 6. Seward, Phoenix .1.3 
 7. Goree, NY Phantoms1.2 
 8. Brempong, Duesseld.1.2 
 9. Scott, Goettingen1.0 
 10. Hines, Brose B.1.0 


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Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Steven SMITH
  Panellinios
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Smith, Panellinios17.2 
 2. Marshall, PAOK17.1 
 3. Palacio, Kavala16.7 
 4. Baxter, Ilysiakos15.8 
 5. Kalathis, VAP K.15.0 
 6. Grundy, AEK14.5 
 7. Thompson, Ikaros14.5 
 8. Kiritsis, Ilysiakos14.0 
 9. Harris, Ikaros13.8 
 10. Jorovic, Kavala13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Simmons, Kavala10.2 
 2. Thompson, Ikaros9.0 
 3. Kalathis, VAP K.8.7 
 4. Smith, Panellinios8.3 
 5. Bagaric, Marousi8.2 
 6. Papadopoulos, PAOK7.5 
 7. Tucker, Aris7.4 
 8. Looby, Peristeri GS7.3 
 9. Elonu, Panionios6.6 
 10. Kommatos, Marousi6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  VAP Kolossos
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Jordan, VAP K.6.1 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiakos5.6 
 3. Thompson, Ilysi.5.0 
 4. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.7 
 5. Diamantidis, Panath.4.6 
 6. Everett, Iraklis4.4 
 7. Karydas, Ilysiakos4.1 
 8. Xanthopoulos, Panell.3.9 
 9. Palacio, Kavala3.8 
 10. Papaloukas, Olymp.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Terrell EVERETT
  Bremerhaven
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Everett, Iraklis2.4 
 2. Baxter, Ilysiakos2.0 
 3. Parker, Iraklis1.9 
 4. Grundy, AEK1.9 
 5. Papaloukas, Olymp.1.8 
 6. Karydas, Ilysiakos1.8 
 7. Marshall, PAOK1.8 
 8. Xanthopoulos, Panell.1.7 
 9. Kojadinovic, Marousi1.6 
 10. Jamon Lukas, Olymp.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Simmons, Kavala1.8 
 2. Elonu, Panionios1.7 
 3. Bagaric, Marousi1.6 
 4. Thompson, Ikaros1.3 
 5. Looby, Peristeri GS1.0 
 6. Dunston, Aris0.9 
 7. Nesterovic, Olymp.0.8 
 8. Vougioukas, Panath.0.7 
 9. Harissis, VAP K.0.7 
 10. Bourousis, Olympiakos0.6 


Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Yiannis KAKIOUZIS
  Lavrio
  (205-F-78)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Kakiouzis, Lavrio18.7 
 2. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.17.5 
 3. Koutroulias, Olimp.16.6 
 4. Argyropoylos, Apollo.16.2 
 5. Kaklamanos, Panele.16.2 
 6. Totsios, Ikaroi S.15.9 
 7. Giannakopoul., Lavrio15.9 
 8. Koupidis, Near East15.8 
 9. Kosanovic, Koroivos15.7 
 10. Michalos, Pagrati15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Apostolos KOUTROULIAS
  Olimpiada
  (206-C-76)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Koutroulias, Olimp.8.5 
 2. Pantelic, Apollo.8.4 
 3. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.8.2 
 4. Latovic, AGOR7.8 
 5. Kartelo, AE.7.8 
 6. Macheras, Pagrati7.6 
 7. Amato, Near East7.6 
 8. Jovanovic, KAOD7.3 
 9. Kosanovic, Koroivos7.2 
 10. Kakiouzis, Lavrio6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Panelefsiniakos
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Nikou, Panelefs.5.1 
 2. Katsares, KAOD4.9 
 3. Kaberidis, Ikaroi S.4.8 
 4. Zoupas, Amyntas .4.8 
 5. Kiriakopoulo., AGOR4.3 
 6. Giannakopoul., Lavrio4.2 
 7. Rallis, Ermis Lagkada3.9 
 8. Makris, Olimpiada3.7 
 9. Argyropoylos, Apollo.3.7 
 10. Apostolopoul., Koroi.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos KATSARES
  KAOD
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Katsares, KAOD2.2 
 2. Makris, Olimpiada2.0 
 3. Michalos, Pagrati1.9 
 4. Pettas, Koroivos1.8 
 5. Giannakopoul., Lavrio1.8 
 6. Koumoulos, AGOR1.5 
 7. Papantoniou, AEK/A.1.4 
 8. Pappas, Near East1.4 
 9. Papadakis, Arkad.1.4 
 10. Zoupas, Amyntas .1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Djordje PANTELIC
  Apollon Patras
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Pantelic, Apollo.2.0 
 2. Kartelo, AE.1.9 
 3. Jovanovic, KAOD1.5 
 4. Kasabalis, AE.1.3 
 5. Mprozos, Arkadikos0.9 
 6. Psathas, Apollon .0.9 
 7. Margaritis, KAOD0.8 
 8. Papachristos, Periko.0.7 
 9. Karavanas, Panery.0.7 
 10. Raptis, AE.0.6 


Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. KAOD 18-1 
 2. AGOR 14-6 
 3. Ikaroi Serron 13-6 
 4. Lavrio 13-6 
 5. Apollon Patras 10-9 
 6. Arkadikos 10-9 
 7. Panelefsiniakos 10-9 
 8. Ermis Lagkada 9-10 
 9. AEK/Argous 9-10 
 10. Periko/Arhelaos 9-11 
 11. Amyntas Dafnis 8-11 
 12. Panerythraikos 7-12 
 13. Pagrati 7-12 
 14. Olimpiada 7-12 
 15. Koroivos 5-14 
 16. Near East 4-15 


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Olympiakos 21-0 
 2. Panathinaikos 20-1 
 3. Marousi 12-9 
 4. PAOK 12-9 
 5. Peristeri GS 10-11 
 6. VAP Kolossos 10-11 
 7. Kavala 10-11 
 8. Aris 10-11 
 9. Panionios 10-11 
 10. Ikaros 8-13 
 11. Panellinios 7-14 
 12. AEK 6-15 
 13. Ilysiakos 6-15 
 14. Iraklis 5-16 


Giannis Kiriakopoulos claims Greek A2 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Giannis Kiriakopoulos (185-G-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best AGOR and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 27-year old guard got a double-double of 33 points and fifteen assists, while his team outclassed Near East (#16, 4-15) with 44-point margin 114-70. AGOR is placed at 2nd position in Greek A2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. AGOR will need more victories to improve their 14-6 record. In the team's last game Kiriakopoulos had a remarkable nine three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be AGOR's top player in his first season with the team. Giannis Kiriakopoulos averages this season 14.7ppg and 4.3apg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old forward Yiannis Kakiouzis (205-F-78) of Lavrio. Kakiouzis impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds. It was enough for Lavrio to edge slightly lower-ranked Arkadikos (#6, 10-9) by 3 points 76-73. Lavrio's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 13-6 record is not bad at all. Kakiouzis is a newcomer at Lavrio 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 18.7ppg (#1). He also registered 6.7 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Montenegrin Ljubo Jovanovic (206-C-87) of top-ranked KAOD. Jovanovic scored 20 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of KAOD, leading his team to a 93-73 easy win against the lower-ranked Koroivos (#15, 5-14). Many experts and fans count KAOD as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 18 victories and only one lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Jovanovic has a great season in Greece. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.3rpg (8th best). He also has 1.5bpg and FGP: 64.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Djordje Pantelic (204-F-84) of Apollon Patras - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Apostolos Koutroulias (206-C-76) of Olimpiada - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Nikos Katsares (190-G-83) of KAOD - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Kostas Kakaroudis (204-C-83) of Ikaroi Serron - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Predrag Kosanovic (203-F-76) of Koroivos - 19 points and 8 rebounds
9. Giorgos Anagnostopoulos (207-C-80) of Ermis Lagkada - 18 points and 8 rebounds
10. Nikos Pettas (195-G-81) of Koroivos - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Giannis Kiriakopoulos is the new recordman of all times! - by Chris Mammides
Giannis Kiriakopoulos (185-G-79) has broken quite a number of records with his amazing performance against Near East on Saturday the 19th of March, 2011. The Greek point guard other than his 33 points in total, his 15 assists in total, his 3 rebounds and his 4 steals in total and in only 31 minutes in the court, it is also the fact that with his 9 out of 9 three pointers from the 6.75 meters is currently the top performer in the specific list of all times and in all divisions, that means the Giannis Kiriakopoulos (185-G-79) has toped down the following players: Brad Newley (201-F-85) who had this record with 8 out of 8 in a game took place in Novemebr of 2007 but since yesterday is at the second position while in the third position of the specific statistical list are the following players with 7 out of 7 three pointers:
Milan Tomic (he is retired and in the coaching team of Olympiakos Piraeus)
Branislav Prelevic (he is retired and currently a Team Manager)

George Bozikas (193-G-76) (he unfortunately had an early retirement at his 30 in 2007 due to his many injuries)
Costas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84) - currently in the Spanish ACB league with Unicaja-Bilbao


The 31 years old point guard is palying in the Greek leagues from the age of 16 in an upper level meaning A2 and A1 leagues, he played among others in Egaleo, AEK Athens, KAOD Dramas, Olympiada Patras, AGOR, AEL 1964, and again AGOR this season.



A1 Round 21: Olympiakos beats Ilysiakos by three after a very close game - 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. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. It ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

Twelfth-ranked Ilysiakos (6-15) was very close to win a game against leader Olympiakos (21-0) in Athens on Friday. Olympiakos managed to secure only three-point victory 73-70. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-70. Olympiakos made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Olympiakos outrebounded Ilysiakos 36-21 including 23 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Ilysiakos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for international center Ioannis Bourousis (212-83, agency: FCM) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). International guard Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 10 points and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Jimmy Baxter (198-80, college: S.Florida) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds for Ilysiakos. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Undefeated Olympiakos have an impressive series of twenty one victories in a row. They maintain first place with 21-0 record. Ilysiakos at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 15 games lost. They share it with AEK. Olympiakos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Peristeri GS.
The game in Thessaloniki was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Panathinaikos (20-1) played at the court of 8th ranked Aris (10-11). Panathinaikos managed to secure a 6-point victory 75-69. The former international guard Dimitris Diamantidis (196-80) stepped up and scored 13 points and 8 assists for the winners and Drew Nicholas chipped in 9 points and 7 assists. Panathinaikos' coach Zeljko Obradovic used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Bosnian power forward Edin Bavcic (210-84, agency: Beo Basket) with 13 points and 7 rebounds. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for Panathinaikos. Defending champion maintains second place with 20-1 record behind leader Olympiakos. Aris at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Panathinaikos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens AEK.
Tenth-ranked Panellinios (7-14) used its home court advantage to challenge fourth ranked PAOK (12-9) in Athens on Saturday. The visitors from Thessaloniki managed to secure only one-point victory 63-62. However their fans expected much easier game. Rawle Marshall nailed 19 points for the winning side. Steven Smith came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for Panellinios in the defeat. Panellinios' coach Thanasis Skourthopoulos rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. PAOK moved-up to third place, which they share with Marousi. Loser Panellinios dropped to the eleventh position with 14 games lost. PAOK will meet at home Marousi (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Panellinios' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Ilysiakos.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Kavala (10-11) and AEK (6-15), which took place in Athens. Higher ranked Kavala lost to thirteenth ranked AEK in a road game 64-79. The best player for the winners was Darko Cohadarevic who scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. AEK moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Ilysiakos. Kavala at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost. AEK's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Panathinaikos.
Another upset was a game between Peristeri GS (10-11) and Ikaros (8-13), which took place in Kalitheas. Higher ranked Peristeri GS lost to eleventh ranked Ikaros in a road game 68-74 on Saturday. It was a good game for Deon Thompson who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Ikaros' coach Aris Likogiannis used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Ikaros moved-up to tenth place. Loser Peristeri GS keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. Ikaros will face higher ranked VAP Kolossos (#6) in Rodou in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Peristeri GS's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Olympiakos.

In the last two games of round 21 VAP Kolossos beat Panionios on the road 83-74. Marousi won against Iraklis on its own court 74-66.
The most impressive performance of 21th round was 17 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists by Dalibor Bagaric of Marousi.


Olympiakos - Ilysiakos 73-70

Twelfth-ranked Ilysiakos (6-15) was very close to win a game against leader Olympiakos (21-0) in Athens on Friday. Olympiakos managed to secure only three-point victory 73-70. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-70. Olympiakos made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Olympiakos outrebounded Ilysiakos 36-21 including 23 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Ilysiakos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for international center Ioannis Bourousis (212-83, agency: FCM) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). International guard Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 10 points and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Jimmy Baxter (198-80, college: S.Florida) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds and the former international guard Nikos Chatzis (196-76) added 16 points and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in the effort for Ilysiakos. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Olympiakos have an impressive series of twenty one victories in a row. They maintain first place with 21-0 record. Ilysiakos at the other side keeps the twelfth position with 15 games lost. They share it with AEK. Olympiakos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Peristeri GS.
Top scorers:
Olympiakos: I.Bourousis 17+8reb, R.Nesterovic 10+5reb+1ast, V.Spanoulis 10+1reb+5ast, T.Papaloukas 8+1reb+2ast, M.Pelekanos 8+4reb+1ast, M.Nielsen 6+6reb
Ilysiakos: J.Baxter 19+5reb+2ast, N.Chatzis 16+1reb+4ast, N.Papantoniou 14+2reb+2ast, M.Dawson 9+5reb, L.Kaselakis 6+3reb+2ast, A.Karydas 2+3ast
gschID: 103862


Panellinios - PAOK 62-63

Tenth-ranked Panellinios (7-14) used its home court advantage to challenge fourth ranked PAOK (12-9) in Athens on Saturday. The visitors from Thessaloniki managed to secure only one-point victory 63-62. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 20-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. PAOK forced 19 Panellinios turnovers. American-Guyanese guard Rawle Marshall (201-82, college: Oakland) nailed 19 points for the winning side and FYR Macedonian center Todor Gechevski (209-77, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 12 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Steven Smith (203-83, college: La Salle) came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and the former international guard Emmanouil Papamakarios (190-80) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Panellinios in the defeat. Panellinios' coach Thanasis Skourthopoulos rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. PAOK moved-up to third place, which they share with Marousi. Loser Panellinios dropped to the eleventh position with 14 games lost. PAOK will meet at home Marousi (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Panellinios' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Ilysiakos.
Top scorers:
PAOK: R.Marshall 19+2reb+2ast, T.Gechevski 12+8reb+2ast, M.Giannakidis 10+2reb+1ast, G.Apostolidis 7+3reb+1ast, J.Gray 7+2reb+1ast, R.Dozier 6+8reb+1ast
Panellinios: E.Papamakarios 14+6reb+1ast, S.Smith 14+11reb+1ast, V.Xanthopoulos 12+2reb+2ast, M.Bailey 9+1reb+3ast, G.Kalaitzis 7+1reb+2ast, T.Francis 5+13reb+2ast
gschID: 103863


Panionios - VAP Kolossos 74-83

There was a surprise result when ninth ranked VAP Kolossos (10-11) beat higher ranked Panionios (10-11) in Athens 83-74 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-74. VAP Kolossos dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Panionios' 38. They outrebounded Panionios 37-23 including a 30-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for naturalized American swingman Pat Kalathis (208-85, college: St.Joseph's) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Jared Jordan (188-84, college: Marist) contributed with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Four VAP Kolossos players scored in double figures. American center Ryvon Covile (206-84, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: ZAG Advocates) answered with 20 points and 5 rebounds and the former international forward Nikos Barlos (202-79) added 17 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Panionios. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. VAP Kolossos moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Panionios. VAP Kolossos will face Ikaros (#10) in Kalitheas in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Panionios will play on the road against Kavala (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
VAP Kolossos: J.Golemac 17+6reb+1ast, N.Pappas 15+2ast, P.Kalathis 13+10reb+3ast, J.Jordan 12+6reb+7ast, S.Panos 8+4reb, A.Asimakopoulos 7+6reb
Panionios: R.Covile 20+5reb+2ast, N.Barlos 17+2reb+4ast, 9+2reb+2ast, M.Batis 9+2reb+2ast, H.Giannopoulos 8+3reb, G.Athanasoulas 4+1reb
gschID: 103857


AEK - Kavala 79-64

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Kavala (10-11) and AEK (6-15), which took place in Athens. Higher ranked Kavala lost to thirteenth ranked AEK in a road game 64-79. It looked good early as Kavala took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then AEK had a 19-12 second period charge getting the lead and Kavala was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 64-79. AEK dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Kavala's 18. The best player for the winners was Serbian forward Darko Cohadarevic (206-86, college: Texas Tech) who scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. The former international power forward Dimos Dikoudis (207-77) chipped in 16 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian forward Branko Jorovic (205-81, agency: Beo Basket) who recorded 23 points and 5 rebounds and American power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) added 7 points and 10 rebounds respectively. AEK moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Ilysiakos. Kavala at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost. AEK's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Panathinaikos.
Top scorers:
AEK: D.Cohadarevic 18+5reb+1ast, D.Dikoudis 16+4reb+1ast, V.Mandic 11+3reb+4ast, P.Nikolaidis 9+4reb, P.Dorkofikis 8+3reb+3ast, S.Curry 7+1reb+1ast
Kavala: B.Jorovic 23+5reb+2ast, S.Karapostolou 11+1reb+3ast, C.Simmons 7+10reb+1ast, C.Kostov 7+6reb, N.Angelopoulos 7, 5+1ast
gschID: 103858


Aris - Panathinaikos 69-75

The game in Thessaloniki was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Panathinaikos (20-1) played at the court of 8th ranked Aris (10-11). Panathinaikos managed to secure a 6-point victory 75-69. It looked good early as Aris took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Panathinaikos had a 28-9 second period charge getting the lead and Aris was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-75. They outrebounded Aris 33-19 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international guard Dimitris Diamantidis (196-80) stepped up and scored 13 points and 8 assists for the winners and American guard Drew Nicholas (191-81, college: Maryland) chipped in 9 points and 7 assists. Four Panathinaikos players scored in double figures. Panathinaikos' coach Zeljko Obradovic used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Bosnian power forward Edin Bavcic (210-84, agency: Beo Basket) with 13 points and 7 rebounds and guard Kosta Charalampidis (189-76) scored 16 points and 4 assists. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for Panathinaikos. Defending champion maintains second place with 20-1 record behind leader Olympiakos. Aris at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Panathinaikos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens AEK.
Top scorers:
Panathinaikos: S.Perperoglou 14+3reb, D.Diamantidis 13+2reb+8ast, R.Sato 12+5reb, I.Vougioukas 10+1reb+1ast, D.Nicholas 9+1reb+7ast, M.Batiste 6+3reb
Aris: K.Charalampidis 16+4ast, E.Bavcic 13+7reb+3ast, J.Thomas 10+4reb+1ast, B.Winters 9+1reb+1ast, C.Tapoutos 8+3reb+2ast, K.Sloukas 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 103859


Marousi - Iraklis 74-66

Very expected game when 14th ranked Iraklis (5-16) lost on the road to fourth ranked Marousi (12-9) 74-66 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-66. Marousi dominated on the defensive end, holding Iraklis to just 5 points in second quarter. They made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Marousi had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. Iraklis was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Croatian center Dalibor Bagaric (217-80) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international power forward Dimitris Haritopoulos (207-83, agency: FCM) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Serbian swingman Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-77, agency: BeoExcell) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Jerome Coleman (185-81, college: Rutgers) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Iraklis. Marousi moved-up to third place, which they share with PAOK. Newly promoted Iraklis stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Marousi will face PAOK (#4) in Thessaloniki in the next round. Iraklis' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Thessaloniki Aris.
Top scorers:
Marousi: D.Haritopoulos 19+7reb+2ast, D.Bagaric 17+19reb+4ast, D.Huertas 13+2reb+2ast, P.Noeas 7+2reb+1ast, Y.Gagaloudis 6+4reb+3ast, F.Kojadinovic 5+3reb
Iraklis: V.Petrovic-Stergiou 14+8reb+1ast, J.Coleman 12+6reb+3ast, S.Parker 10+6reb+3ast, G.Demertzis 8+2reb, P.Drobnjak 7, D.Despos 5
gschID: 103860


Ikaros - Peristeri GS 74-68

Another upset was a game between Peristeri GS (10-11) and Ikaros (8-13), which took place in Kalitheas. Higher ranked Peristeri GS lost to eleventh ranked Ikaros in a road game 68-74 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-68. It was a good game for American forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Kyle McAlarney (183-87, college: Notre Dame) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Ikaros' coach Aris Likogiannis used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Antiguan-American power forward Kurt Looby (208-84, college: Iowa) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and guard Evangelos Mantzaris (190-90) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Peristeri GS. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ikaros moved-up to tenth place. Loser Peristeri GS keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. Ikaros will face higher ranked VAP Kolossos (#6) in Rodou in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Peristeri GS's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Olympiakos.
Top scorers:
Ikaros: D.Thompson 14+12reb, L.Harris 13+2reb+1ast, K.McAlarney 12+3reb+3ast, G.Kalambokis 12+2reb+4ast, M.Polytarchou 8+1reb, A.Falekas 7
Peristeri GS: Z.Vrkic 17+2reb+1ast, K.Looby 14+10reb, E.Mantzaris 12+5reb+5ast, E.Scott 11+4reb+3ast, D.Papanikolaou 5+3reb+2ast, A.Mantzaris 3+2reb
gschID: 103861




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  HOLLAND   


Standings - Eredivisie
DBL Standings
 1. GasTerra 27-5 
 2. ZZ Leiden 26-6 
 3. Eiffel Towers 22-10 
 4. Magixx 21-11 
 5. Giants 15-17 
 6. DeFriesland 15-17 
 7. BS Weert 14-18 
 8. ABC 11-21 
 9. Landstede 8-24 
 10. Rotterdam 1-31 


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Glenn STOKES
  BS Weert
  (170-G-76)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Stokes, BS Weert17.5 
 2. Blue, Giants16.3 
 3. Boxley, ZZ Leiden15.8 
 4. Kimbrough, Giants15.4 
 5. Laing, Magixx15.1 
 6. Mills, Eiffel Towers14.9 
 7. Hilliman, Rotterdam14.5 
 8. Borha, Landstede14.4 
 9. Tiedeman, Giants14.4 
 10. Brown, DeFriesland14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robbie SIHOTA
  Rotterdam
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Sihota, Rotterdam10.2 
 2. McDermott, Magixx10.0 
 3. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.6 
 4. Haryasz, GasTerra9.4 
 5. Sanchez, DeFriesl.8.8 
 6. Griffin, Giants8.6 
 7. de Randamie, ABC8.3 
 8. Ellis, GasTerra8.1 
 9. Hamm, BS Weert8.0 
 10. McGhee, ZZ Leiden7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.5.0 
 2. Bauscher, GasTerra5.0 
 3. Stokes, BS Weert4.1 
 4. Kimbrough, Giants4.0 
 5. Bostain, GasTerra3.6 
 6. Marshall, Lands.3.6 
 7. Jansen, Eiffel T.3.4 
 8. Slagter, ZZ Leiden3.3 
 9. Williams, DeFriesland3.3 
 10. Mladenovic, Rotte.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.2.4 
 2. Taylor, Magixx2.3 
 3. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.3 
 4. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.2 
 5. Stokes, BS Weert2.2 
 6. McGhee, ZZ Leiden2.1 
 7. McDermott, Magixx2.1 
 8. Bostain, GasTerra2.1 
 9. Marshall, Lands.2.1 
 10. Kimbrough, Giants1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel AARTS
  Eiffel Towers
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Aarts, Eiffel T.1.4 
 2. Hairston, BS Weert1.2 
 3. Blue, Giants1.2 
 4. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.0 
 5. McDermott, Magixx1.0 
 6. Hulzebos, Landstede0.9 
 7. Hamm, BS Weert0.9 
 8. Bekkering, ZZ Le.0.9 
 9. Haryasz, GasTerra0.8 
 10. Smith, Eiffel Towers0.8 


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  HUNGARY   


A Division Round 23: Szolnok loses the game and top position - by Eurobasket News
The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end.

There was a change at the A Division leadership position after last games. Round 23 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Szolnok (19-4). They were edged by seventh ranked Falco-Szova (13-10) 83-82 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Szolnok. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Szolnok won third quarter 21-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Falco-Szova made 31-of-39 free shots (79.5 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Szolnok helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward Charles Gosa (202-77, college: N.Mexico St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Jara Doyne (193-84, college: Mississippi) helped adding 22 points. Falco-Szova's coach Nikola Lazic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international center Marton Bader (212-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Falco-Szova have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with ZTE KK. Szolnok at the other side dropped to the second position with four games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Albacomp. Szolnok will play next round against ZTE KK trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Falco-Szova will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Atomeromu in Paks.
Kecskemeti (#5) was upset in Pecs by eighth ranked PVSK Pannon 85-81. It was an exceptional evening for American swingman Muhammad El-Amin (196-87, college: Stony Brook) who led the winners and scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Benson Egemonye accounted for 16 points and 9 rebounds. PVSK Pannon's coach Srecko Sekulovic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The former international guard Krisztian Wittmann (185-85, agency: FCM) came up with 22 points and 5 assists for Kecskemeti in the defeat. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for PVSK Pannon. They maintain eighth place with 12-11 record. Kecskemeti at the other side keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. PVSK Pannon will play against Marso-Vagep (#11) in Nyiregyhaza in the next round. Kecskemeti will play on the road against FS Debrecen (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Kecskemet was also quite interesting. 4th placed Kormend (15-8) played at the court of fifth ranked Kecskemeti (14-9). Kecskemeti managed to secure a 4-point victory 75-71 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Krisztian Wittmann who scored 18 points and 5 assists. Rashad Bell produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for the guests. Kecskemeti maintains fifth place with 14-9 record. Loser Kormend keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. Kecskemeti will meet FS Debrecen (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kormend will play against the league's leader Albacomp (#1) in Szekesfehervar and hope to secure a win.
The game in Zalaegerszeg supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Albacomp (20-3) played at the court of 6th ranked ZTE KK (13-10). Albacomp smashed ZTE KK 89-59. Jonathan Jones orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 6 rebounds. Albacomp's coach Branislav Dzunic felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for Albacomp. They keep a position of league leader. ZTE KK lost their fourth game in a row. Defending champion keeps the sixth place with ten games lost. Albacomp's next round opponent will be Kormend (#4) on the road. ZTE KK will play against the league's second-placed Szolnok in Szolnok.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 23: Atomeromu won against Soproni on the opponent's court 92-77. Kaposvari managed to outperform FS Debrecen in a home game 101-97. Szedeak recorded a loss to Marso-Vagep on the road 85-77. PVSK Pannon defeated Salgotarjani on its own court 94-80.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 29 points and 15 rebounds by Kevin Langford of FS Debrecen.


Kecskemeti - Kormend 75-71

The game in Kecskemet was also quite interesting. 4th placed Kormend (15-8) played at the court of fifth ranked Kecskemeti (14-9). Kecskemeti managed to secure a 4-point victory 75-71 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-71. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Krisztian Wittmann (185-85, agency: FCM) who scored 18 points and 5 assists. International power forward Milan Csorvasi (209-88, college: High School, agency: FCM) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import power forward Emmanuel Dies (204-77, college: Kansas St., agency: Interperformances) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Kecskemeti maintains fifth place with 14-9 record. Loser Kormend keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. Kecskemeti will meet FS Debrecen (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kormend will play against the league's leader Albacomp (#1) in Szekesfehervar and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kormend: R.Bell 19+11reb+1ast, I.Nemeth 15+2reb+2ast, E.Dies 14+9reb, C.Ferencz 9+3reb+1ast, R.Trummer 6+1reb+4ast, G.Hegedus 3+2reb
Kecskemeti: K.Wittmann 18+4reb+5ast, M.Csorvasi 16+6reb+2ast, I.Siriscevic 10+4reb+3ast, G.Denes 9+7reb+3ast, J.LaGrange 6+2reb+1ast, H.Orsulic 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 109638


Soproni - Atomeromu 77-92

Very expected game when 9th ranked Soproni (11-12) was defeated at home by third ranked Atomeromu (17-6) 92-77. Soproni was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 62-42 second half run of Atomeromu. American power forward Brooks Sales (208-80, college: Villanova) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds. International swingman David Vojvoda (191-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) contributed with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American power forward Darian Townes (208-84) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds and the other American import guard Thomas Kelley (188-77, college: Michigan St., agency: Avi Zilberman) added 20 points and 4 assists in the effort for Soproni. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Soproni's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Atomeromu. They maintain third place with 17-6 record having just three points less than leader Albacomp. Soproni lost their third game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 12 games lost. Atomeromu's next round opponent will be Falco-Szova (#6) in Szombathely. Soproni will play on the road against Szedeak in Szeged and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Soproni: T.Kelley 20+4reb+4ast, D.Townes 19+15reb, A.Molnar 14+4reb+3ast, R.Jarvis 11+2reb+1ast, Z.Szabo 9+9reb+2ast, S.Pojbics 2+1ast
Atomeromu: J.Hodges 26+1reb+1ast, B.Sales 25+12reb, D.Vojvoda 16+5reb+7ast, A.Kovacs 12+3ast, I.Johnson 7+5reb+1ast, G.Koertelyesi 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 109639


Kaposvari - FS Debrecen 101-97

The game between closely ranked teams ended with twelfth ranked Kaposvari's (7-16) home victory over 13th ranked FS Debrecen (1-22) 101-97. The hosts were already 15 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 36-25 FS Debrecen's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 101-97 at the end of the game. 31 personal fouls committed by FS Debrecen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American center Kurt Cunningham (206-87, college: Boise St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). His fellow American import guard Josh Wilson (188-87, college: N.Arizona, agency: Beggs and Lane) contributed with 19 points, 9 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Five Kaposvari players scored in double figures. American power forward Kevin Langford (204-85, college: TCU) answered with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 15 rebounds and Cameroonian forward Yves Mekongo (201-87, college: La Salle) added 23 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for FS Debrecen. FS Debrecen's coach Mika Turunen tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Kaposvari maintains twelfth place with 7-16 record. FS Debrecen lost their nineteenth game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with 22 games lost. Kaposvari's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Salgotarjani (#14) on the road. FS Debrecen will play against Kecskemeti.
Top scorers:
FS Debrecen: K.Langford 29+15reb+1ast, Y.Mekongo 23+9reb+2ast, M.Mondzinger 11, C.Kaluha 9+3reb, G.Toth 7+1reb, G.Boros 7+3reb+2ast
Kaposvari: K.Cunningham 24+16reb+1ast, J.Wilson 19+4reb+9ast, D.Werner 16+8reb+6ast, M.Medve 15+2reb, G.Soos 15+2reb+1ast, G.Kutasi 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 109640


Marso-Vagep - Szedeak 85-77

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Nyiregyhaza where 10th ranked Szedeak (9-14) was defeated by eleventh ranked Marso-Vagep (9-14) 85-77. The hosts were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 30-20 run, which allowed them to win the game. Marso-Vagep made 26-of-31 charity shots (83.9 percent) during the game, while Szedeak only scored nine points from the stripe. Marso-Vagep forced 21 Szedeak turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Szedeak helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Slovenian guard Brane Savic (181-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Bosnian power forward Djordje Djogo (206-76, agency: BeoExcell) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Marso-Vagep players scored in double figures. American center Kurt Cunningham (206-87, college: Boise St.) answered with 27 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian power forward Nebojsa Dukic (206-85) added 26 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Szedeak. Marso-Vagep moved-up to tenth place, which they share with defeated Szedeak. Marso-Vagep's next round opponent will be higher ranked PVSK Pannon (#8) in Pecs and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Szedeak: D.J. 27+7reb+3ast, N.Dukic 26+6reb, G.Drahos 11+5reb+2ast, B.McKenzie 7+9reb, Z.Kiss 3+2reb, I.Nyilas 2+3reb+1ast
Marso-Vagep: B.Savic 24+6reb+5ast, M.Mohacsi 14+4reb, D.Djogo 12+7reb+2ast, K.Nagy 11+3reb, J.Siska 11+1reb+1ast, L.Polyak 8+4reb
gschID: 109641


PVSK Pannon - Salgotarjani 94-80

Everything went according to plan in Pecs where eighth ranked PVSK Pannon (12-11) beat bottom-ranked Salgotarjani (1-22) 94-80. The game was mostly controlled by PVSK Pannon. Salgotarjani was better in second period 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by Salgotarjani helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American swingman Muhammad El-Amin (196-87, college: Stony Brook) orchestrated the victory by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 4 assists. Nigerian center Benson Egemonye (208-83, college: Niagara) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. PVSK Pannon's coach Srecko Sekulovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American-Nigerian power forward Ezenwa Ukeagu (203-81, college: Washington St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Chris Rodgers (193-84, college: Arizona) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Salgotarjani. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for PVSK Pannon. They maintain eighth place with 12-11 record. Salgotarjani lost their fifth game in a row. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. PVSK Pannon's next round opponent will be Marso-Vagep (#11) in Nyiregyhaza. Salgotarjani will play at home against Kaposvari and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Salgotarjani: E.Ukeagu 21+10reb, C.Rodgers 15+6reb+3ast, D.Koma 13+3reb, T.Sebok 10+4reb+3ast, D.Mays 8+4reb+2ast, T.Hartvich 8+7reb
PVSK Pannon: M.El-Amin 39+3reb+4ast, B.Egemonye 13+8reb+1ast, P.Kovacs 12+4reb+1ast, B.Szoke 10+6reb+1ast, A.Deak 6+1reb+1ast, J.Eilingsfeld 6+5reb
gschID: 109642


ZTE KK - Albacomp 59-89

The game in Zalaegerszeg supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Albacomp (20-3) played at the court of 6th ranked ZTE KK (13-10). Albacomp smashed ZTE KK 89-59. The game was mostly controlled by Albacomp. ZTE KK was better in third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Albacomp dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to ZTE KK's 32. American center Jonathan Jones (211-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 6 rebounds. International guard Adam Hanga (201-89, agency: FCM) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Albacomp players scored in double figures. Albacomp's coach Branislav Dzunic felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Adam Vertetics (187-87) answered with 23 points and 6 rebounds and the former international swingman Tamas Kaman (200-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for ZTE KK. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for Albacomp. They keep a position of league leader. ZTE KK lost their fourth game in a row. Defending champion keeps the sixth place with ten games lost. Albacomp's next round opponent will be Kormend (#4) on the road. ZTE KK will play against the league's second-placed Szolnok in Szolnok.
Top scorers:
ZTE KK: A.Vertetics 23+6reb+1ast, T.Kaman 13+6reb+2ast, B.Delity 10+1reb, G.Toth 7+4reb, G.Kinter 4+2reb+1ast, G.Baki 1+3reb+1ast
Albacomp: J.Jones 21+6reb+1ast, A.Hanga 19+6reb+2ast, T.Crocker 18+4reb+1ast, D.Hollis 14+8reb+2ast, F.Bodi 9+2reb, A.Keller 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 109643


PVSK Pannon - Kecskemeti 85-81

Kecskemeti (#5) was upset in Pecs by eighth ranked PVSK Pannon 85-81. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-16. But Kecskemeti won second period 28-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. PVSK Pannon made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Kecskemeti was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for American swingman Muhammad El-Amin (196-87, college: Stony Brook) who led the winners and scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Nigerian center Benson Egemonye (208-83, college: Niagara) accounted for 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. PVSK Pannon's coach Srecko Sekulovic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The former international guard Krisztian Wittmann (185-85, agency: FCM) came up with 22 points and 5 assists and Croatian swingman Ivan Siriscevic (198-87) added 10 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Kecskemeti in the defeat. Five Kecskemeti players scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for PVSK Pannon. They maintain eighth place with 12-11 record. Kecskemeti at the other side keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. PVSK Pannon will play against Marso-Vagep (#11) in Nyiregyhaza in the next round. Kecskemeti will play on the road against FS Debrecen (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kecskemeti: K.Wittmann 22+2reb+5ast, J.LaGrange 13+1reb+2ast, Z.Bencze 12+7reb, M.Csorvasi 11+3reb+2ast, I.Siriscevic 10+11reb, H.Orsulic 10+6reb
PVSK Pannon: M.El-Amin 19+7reb+4ast, B.Egemonye 16+9reb, B.Szoke 14+2reb+1ast, J.Glavinic 9+3reb+9ast, P.Kovacs 7+2reb, J.Eilingsfeld 7
gschID: 123364


Falco-Szova - Szolnok 83-82

There was a change at the A Division leadership position after last games. Round 23 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Szolnok (19-4). They were edged by seventh ranked Falco-Szova (13-10) 83-82 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Szolnok. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Szolnok won third quarter 21-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Falco-Szova made 31-of-39 free shots (79.5 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Szolnok helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward Charles Gosa (202-77, college: N.Mexico St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Jara Doyne (193-84, college: Mississippi) helped adding 22 points. Falco-Szova's coach Nikola Lazic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international center Marton Bader (212-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and American guard Obie Trotter (186-84, college: Alabama A&M, agency: Court Side) scored 19 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Falco-Szova have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with ZTE KK. Szolnok at the other side dropped to the second position with four games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Albacomp. Szolnok will play next round against ZTE KK trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Falco-Szova will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Atomeromu in Paks.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: M.Bader 22+12reb+1ast, O.Trotter 19+2reb+4ast, I.Clark 15+5reb+4ast, A.Horvath 14+4reb+2ast, Z.Vesztergom 5+4reb, M.Fodor 4+2ast
Falco-Szova: J.Doyne 22+2reb, C.Gosa 19+7reb+1ast, L.Kalman 16+2reb+4ast, M.Aliakseyeu 10+8reb+1ast, T.Pankar 9+5reb, L.Simon 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 109637




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. El-Amin, PVSK P.22.2 
 4. Bell, Kormend21.1 
 5. Marshall, Marso-Va.20.8 
 6. Townes, Soproni19.9 
 7. Wilson, Kaposvari19.6 
 8. Rubin, Szedeak19.0 
 9. Mekongo, FS Debre.19.0 
 10. Cunningham, Kapos.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Soproni
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Townes, Soproni11.7 
 2. Sales, Atomeromu11.3 
 3. Jones, Albacomp9.5 
 4. Bader, Szolnok9.1 
 5. Egemonye, PVSK P.9.0 
 6. Werner, Kaposvari9.0 
 7. Gosa, Falco-Szova8.8 
 8. Bell, Kormend8.7 
 9. Cunningham, Kapos.8.6 
 10. Szabo, Soproni8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  Khimik
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Williams, ZTE K.7.3 
 2. Savic, Marso-Vagep6.5 
 3. Trotter, Szolnok6.2 
 4. Kelley, Soproni6.2 
 5. Kalman, Falco-Sz.6.0 
 6. Simon, Albacomp5.7 
 7. Moore, Kormend5.4 
 8. Glavinic, PVSK P.5.1 
 9. Rodgers, Salgotar.4.9 
 10. Singletary, FS Debre.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Brane SAVIC
  Marso-Vagep
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Savic, Marso-Vagep3.5 
 2. Hanga, Albacomp3.0 
 3. Marshall, Marso-Va.2.9 
 4. Czigler, Marso-Va.2.6 
 5. Trotter, Szolnok2.6 
 6. Williams, ZTE K.2.5 
 7. Werner, Kaposvari2.4 
 8. Townes, Soproni2.3 
 9. Kaman, ZTE K.2.3 
 10. Clark, Szolnok2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivory CLARK
  Szolnok
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Clark, Szolnok2.4 
 2. Townes, Soproni2.0 
 3. McKenzie, Szedeak1.4 
 4. Egemonye, PVSK P.1.1 
 5. Aliakseyeu, Falco-Sz.1.0 
 6. Keller, Albacomp0.9 
 7. Langford, FS Debre.0.9 
 8. Czigler, Marso-Va.0.9 
 9. Davis, Kormend0.8 
 10. Sales, Atomeromu0.8 


Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. Albacomp 20-3 
 2. Szolnok 19-4 
 3. Atomeromu 17-6 
 4. Kormend 15-8 
 5. Kecskemeti 14-9 
 6. Falco-Szova 13-10 
 7. ZTE KK 13-10 
 8. PVSK Pannon 12-11 
 9. Soproni 11-12 
 10. Szedeak 9-14 
 11. Marso-Vagep 9-14 
 12. Kaposvari 7-16 
 13. FS Debrecen 1-22 
 14. Salgotarjani 1-22 


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IBL's West Coast Hotshots add power forward Ike O'Hansen - by Trask Frost
IBL's West Coast Hotshots add power forward Ike O'Hansen. O'Hansen is a 6 foot 7 power forward who played his college basketball at Arkansas Tech. The Hotshots will tip off the 2011 season on Friday April 15th against the Bellingham Slam. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. at Whatcom Pavilion in Bellingham, Washington. For more information about the Hotshots team, contact Hotshots head coach Randy Redwine at (phone) 425-221-5670. For more information on the IBL, visit the IBL web site www.iblhoopsonline.com



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Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Thomas SANDERS
  Keflavik
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Sanders, Keflavik24.3 
 2. Walker, KR23.6 
 3. Trifunovic, Keflavik23.0 
 4. Bartolotta, IR22.5 
 5. Inge, Haukar22.2 
 6. Biedler, IR21.7 
 7. Dabney, Hamar21.1 
 8. Sovic, IR21.1 
 9. Smith, Njardvik20.9 
 10. Robinson, Haukar20.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Haukar
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Robinson, Haukar13.7 
 2. Biedler, IR12.4 
 3. Pettinella, Grindavik11.2 
 4. Ermolinskij, KR10.6 
 5. Trifunovic, Keflavik10.3 
 6. Fain, Tindastoll10.1 
 7. Stywall, Fjolnir9.8 
 8. Jonsson, Snaefell9.4 
 9. Amoroso, Snaefell9.1 
 10. Nathanaelsso., Ham.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Aegir STEINARSSON
  Fjolnir
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Steinarsson, Fjolnir8.7 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR7.8 
 3. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.7.6 
 4. Burton, Snaefell6.7 
 5. Haraldsson, Haukar6.0 
 6. Shouse, Stjarnan5.9 
 7. Arnarson, Hamar5.3 
 8. Schoen, KFI5.2 
 9. Inge, Haukar5.0 
 10. Cunningham, Tinda.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Semaj INGE
  Haukar
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Inge, Haukar3.3 
 2. Schoen, KFI3.0 
 3. Fain, Tindastoll2.9 
 4. Dabney, Hamar2.9 
 5. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.2.5 
 6. Kitanovic, Tindastoll2.5 
 7. Biedler, IR2.5 
 8. Steinarsson, Fjolnir2.3 
 9. Viggosson, Tindastoll2.2 
 10. Moore, Njardvik2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher SMITH
  Svit
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Smith, Njardvik3.2 
 2. Nathanaelsso., Ham.2.5 
 3. Biedler, IR1.9 
 4. Fain, Tindastoll1.6 
 5. Lindmets, Stjarnan1.4 
 6. Inge, Haukar1.4 
 7. Thorsteinsso., Kefla.1.3 
 8. Savarsson, Grind.1.3 
 9. Pettinella, Grindavik1.3 
 10. Sanders, Keflavik1.2 


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Lega2 Round 24: Leader Umana Venezia loses to Tuscany Pistoia - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked Umana Venezia (17-7) recorded its seventh loss at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by ninth ranked Tuscany Pistoia (11-13) 86-79. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Umana Venezia won third quarter 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tuscany Pistoia dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Umana Venezia's 24. They outrebounded Umana Venezia 41-27 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Jarvis Varnado (206-88, college: Mississippi St.) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks. The other American import guard Joseph Forte (193-81, college: N.Carolina, agency: JEMsports) chipped in 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Bulgarian guard Kiki Clark (173-84, college: St.Peter's) who recorded 24 points and 8 assists. Despite that victory Tuscany Pistoia went down to tenth position due to points difference. Umana Venezia at the other side still keeps top place with seven games lost. They share the position with Fastweb CM. Tuscany Pistoia are looking forward to face Tezenis Verona (#13) at home in the next round. Umana Venezia will play against Mazzeo San Severo (#16) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Snaidero Udine (16-8) against eighth ranked Fileni BPA (12-12) on Sunday night. Host Snaidero Udine was defeated by Fileni BPA in a tough game in Udine 74-80. It was a good game for Slovenian forward Marko Tusek (203-75, agency: Alti Sport) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. Michele Maggioli contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Jason Williams (197-83, college: UTEP) replied with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Snaidero Udine. Fileni BPA maintains eighth position with 12-12 record, which they share with Aget Imola. Snaidero Udine at the other side keeps the third place with eight games lost. They share the position with Barcellona. Fileni BPA will play against Naturhouse Ferrara (#11) at home in the next round. Snaidero Udine will play against MarcoPoloShop.it (#15) in Forli and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Rimini was also quite interesting. Second ranked Fastweb CM (17-7) played at the court of 5th ranked Immobiliare SR (15-9). Fastweb CM managed to secure a 5-point victory 63-58 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Immobiliare SR. Worth to mention a great performance of Tommaso Fantoni who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Demian Filloy with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds. Fastweb CM keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Umana Reyer. Loser Immobiliare SR keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Sunrise Scafati. Fastweb CM will meet at home Sigma Barcellona (#4) in the next round. Immobiliare SR will play against Aget Imola and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Lodi, where higher ranked Sunrise Scafati (15-9) lost to twelfth ranked Assigeco BPL (9-15) in a road game 69-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sunrise Scafati. The winners were led by Paul Marigney who scored that evening 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Assigeco BPL maintains twelfth position with 9-15 record, which they share with Tezenis Verona. Sunrise Scafati at the other side dropped to the fifth place with nine games lost. Assigeco BPL's next round opponent will be higher ranked Prima Veroli (#7) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sunrise Scafati will play against Trenkwalder RE in Reggio Emilia.
An interesting game took place in Verona, where higher ranked Prima Veroli (13-11) lost to thirteenth ranked Tezenis Verona (9-15) in a road game 78-92 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Keith Waleskowski who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field). Tezenis Verona moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Assigeco. Loser Prima Veroli keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. Tezenis Verona will face higher ranked Tuscany Pistoia (#10) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.

Rest of the games of round 24 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Forli was defeated by Trenkwalder in Reggio Emilia 92-84. Bottom-ranked San Severo was beaten by Aget Imola at home 65-82. N.Ferrara lost to Barcellona on the opponent's court 82-86.



Trenkwalder - Forli 92-84

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 15th ranked MarcoPoloShop.it's (6-18) road loss to fourteenth ranked Trenkwalder RE (8-16) 84-92 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-84. The best player for the winners was American guard Dawan Robinson (189-82, college: Rhode Island) who scored 24 points. The former international center Roberto Chiacig (210-74) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Four Trenkwalder RE players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Bobby Jones (201-84, college: Washington) who recorded 30 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import guard Leemire Goldwire (180-84, college: Charlotte, agency: Interperformances) added 23 points and 4 steals respectively. Trenkwalder RE maintains fourteenth position with 8-16 record. Newly promoted MarcoPoloShop.it keeps the fifteenth place with 18 games lost. Trenkwalder RE will face higher ranked Sunrise Scafati (#6) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. MarcoPoloShop.it will play against Snaidero Udine (#3) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Trenkwalder: D.Robinson 24+3reb+2ast, M.Frassineti 15+4reb+1ast, T.Bell 15+3reb+1ast, R.Chiacig 12+9reb, D.Slanina 10+1reb+1ast, G.Pini 7+7reb
Forli: B.Jones 30+8reb, L.Goldwire 23+4reb, M.Nardi 9+1reb, S.Huff 7+6reb, L.Campani 7+3reb, M.Poletti 6+4reb
gschID: 95970


Assigeco - Sunrise Scafati 73-69

We should mention about the upset which took place in Lodi, where higher ranked Sunrise Scafati (15-9) lost to twelfth ranked Assigeco BPL (9-15) in a road game 69-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sunrise Scafati. It looked good early as Sunrise Scafati took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Assigeco BPL had a 19-9 second period charge getting the lead and Sunrise Scafati was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-73. They outrebounded Sunrise Scafati 38-25 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) who scored that evening 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and the other American import forward Ruben Boykin (201-85, college: N.Arizona) supported him with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Even 26 points by American guard Jimmie Hunter (196-77, college: Life) did not help to save the game for Sunrise Scafati. The former international forward Nikola Radulovic (207-73) added 16 points. Assigeco BPL maintains twelfth position with 9-15 record, which they share with Tezenis Verona. Sunrise Scafati at the other side dropped to the fifth place with nine games lost. Assigeco BPL's next round opponent will be higher ranked Prima Veroli (#7) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sunrise Scafati will play against Trenkwalder RE in Reggio Emilia.
Top scorers:
Assigeco: P.Marigney 22+6reb+7ast, R.Boykin 15+10reb+2ast, B.Cerella 13+3reb+3ast, P.Ezugwu 9+8reb, M.Bertolazzi 6+4reb+4ast, M.Venuto 6+1reb
Sunrise Scafati: J.Hunter 26+4reb+3ast, N.Radulovic 16+4reb+1ast, P.Baldassarre 12+4reb, M.Levin 7+5reb+5ast, R.Davis 5+6reb+3ast, C.Cavallaro 2
gschID: 95967


San Severo - Aget Imola 65-82

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Aget Imola (12-12) defeated on the road bottom-ranked Mazzeo San Severo (6-18) 82-65 on Sunday. The game without a history. Aget Imola led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Mazzeo San Severo's 32. Aget Imola forced 22 Mazzeo San Severo turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Davide Bruttini (203-87) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). American guard Trent Whiting (185-76, college: BYU) chipped in 18 points and 4 steals (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Aget Imola players scored in double figures. Aget Imola's coach Maurizio Lasi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Kaniel Dickens (203-78, college: Idaho) who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds and Bulgarian-FYR Macedonian guard Riste Stefanov (198-81, agency: Interperformances) added 15 points respectively. Aget Imola moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Fileni BPA. Newly promoted Mazzeo San Severo stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. Aget Imola will face higher ranked Immobiliare SR (#5) in Rimini in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Mazzeo San Severo will play on the road against the league's second-placed Umana Venezia (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Aget Imola: D.Bruttini 22+11reb+1ast, T.Whiting 18+3reb+3ast, P.Prato 14+1reb+2ast, M.Ringstrom 13+6reb+2ast, Y.Moreno 9+3reb+4ast, A.Amici 3+1reb+1ast
San Severo: K.Dickens 22+14reb+2ast, R.Stefanov 15+3reb+2ast, F.Zanelli 10+1ast, P.Chiarello 6+5reb, L.Ianes 6+2reb, R.Childress 4+3reb+4ast
gschID: 95968


Snaidero UD - Fileni BPA 74-80

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Snaidero Udine (16-8) against eighth ranked Fileni BPA (12-12) on Sunday night. Host Snaidero Udine was defeated by Fileni BPA in a tough game in Udine 74-80. Snaidero Udine was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 23-16 charge of Fileni BPA, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for Slovenian forward Marko Tusek (203-75, agency: Alti Sport) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. The former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Jason Williams (197-83, college: UTEP) replied with 18 points and 8 rebounds and Finnish-American forward Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Snaidero Udine. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Fileni BPA maintains eighth position with 12-12 record, which they share with Aget Imola. Snaidero Udine at the other side keeps the third place with eight games lost. They share the position with Barcellona. Fileni BPA will play against Naturhouse Ferrara (#11) at home in the next round. Snaidero Udine will play against MarcoPoloShop.it (#15) in Forli and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Fileni BPA: M.Maggioli 16+7reb+1ast, M.Nocedal 14+6reb+1ast, F.Migliori 13+4reb, M.Tusek 12+14reb, B.Elder 11+2reb+1ast, A.Pecile 9+4reb+2ast
Snaidero UD: J.Williams 18+8reb+2ast, C.Cotis Harrison 14+3reb+2ast, G.Lee 14+5reb+2ast, T.Rinaldi 12+6reb+1ast, D.Mathis 9+5reb+2ast, R.Truccolo 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 95969


Tezenis Verona - Prima Veroli 92-78

An interesting game took place in Verona, where higher ranked Prima Veroli (13-11) lost to thirteenth ranked Tezenis Verona (9-15) in a road game 78-92 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-78. Tezenis Verona forced 22 Prima Veroli turnovers. The best player for the winners was American-German power forward Keith Waleskowski (204-80, college: Dayton) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field). Latvian swingman Mareks Jurevicus (198-85) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward David Brkic (210-82, agency: Interperformances) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and the former international guard Guido Rosselli (196-83) added 16 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tezenis Verona moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Assigeco. Loser Prima Veroli keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. Tezenis Verona will face higher ranked Tuscany Pistoia (#10) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Tezenis Verona: K.Waleskowski 26+14reb+2ast, M.Jurevicus 19+7reb, J.Trepagnier 17+4reb+1ast, A.Porta 15+9ast, A.Renzi 8+4reb+1ast, F.Bellina 5+1reb
Prima Veroli: D.Brkic 18+12reb+1ast, G.Rosselli 16+6reb+4ast, J.Jackson 12+1reb+2ast, J.Penn 10+3reb+3ast, I.Gatto 8+4reb+1ast, M.Rossetti 6+3reb
gschID: 95964


Immobiliare SR - Fastweb CM 58-63

The game in Rimini was also quite interesting. Second ranked Fastweb CM (17-7) played at the court of 5th ranked Immobiliare SR (15-9). Fastweb CM managed to secure a 5-point victory 63-58 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Immobiliare SR. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Fastweb CM shot 26 for 35 from the free-throw line, while Immobiliare SR only scored ten points from the stripe. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Tommaso Fantoni (203-85, agency: Players Group) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 9 rebounds and Swedish-Nigerian power forward Oluoma Nnamaka (200-78, college: Marquette) who added 9 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Demian Filloy (198-82, agency: Interperformances) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds and American swingman Terrence Roderick (195-88, college: UAB, agency: Interperformances) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Fastweb CM keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Umana Reyer. Loser Immobiliare SR keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Sunrise Scafati. Fastweb CM will meet at home Sigma Barcellona (#4) in the next round. Immobiliare SR will play against Aget Imola and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Fastweb CM: T.Fantoni 14+9reb+1ast, M.Malaventura 9+1reb+2ast, O.Nnamaka 9+11reb+1ast, R.Hickman 9+3reb+3ast, S.Pierich 9+2reb, G.Ferrero 8+3reb
Immobiliare SR: D.Filloy 17+16reb+3ast, T.Roderick 15+9reb+1ast, D.Vukcevic 11+2reb+3ast, Q.Lollis 6+6reb+1ast, F.Foiera 3+2reb, A.Piazza 2+1ast
gschID: 95965


Umana Reyer - Tuscany PT 79-86

Top ranked Umana Venezia (17-7) recorded its seventh loss at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by ninth ranked Tuscany Pistoia (11-13) 86-79. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Umana Venezia won third quarter 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tuscany Pistoia dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Umana Venezia's 24. They outrebounded Umana Venezia 41-27 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Jarvis Varnado (206-88, college: Mississippi St.) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks. The other American import guard Joseph Forte (193-81, college: N.Carolina, agency: JEMsports) chipped in 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Tuscany Pistoia players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Bulgarian guard Kiki Clark (173-84, college: St.Peter's) who recorded 24 points and 8 assists and American guard Alvin Young (189-75, college: Niagara) added 25 points and 7 steals respectively. Despite that victory Tuscany Pistoia went down to tenth position due to points difference. Umana Venezia at the other side still keeps top place with seven games lost. They share the position with Fastweb CM. Tuscany Pistoia are looking forward to face Tezenis Verona (#13) at home in the next round. Umana Venezia will play against Mazzeo San Severo (#16) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Tuscany PT: J.Varnado 25+11reb, J.Forte 20+7reb+5ast, A.Filloy 14+3reb+4ast, F.Toppo 10+7reb+1ast, G.Fucka 8+3reb+2ast, J.Porzingis 7+6reb+1ast
Umana Reyer: A.Young 25+3reb+2ast, K.Clark 24+1reb+8ast, T.Slay 13+5reb+5ast, G.Meini 9+1reb+2ast, M.Maestrello 3, C.Di Giuliomaria 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 95966


Barcellona - N.Ferrara 86-82

Very expected game when 10th ranked Naturhouse Ferrara (10-14) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Sigma Barcellona (16-8) 86-82 on Sunday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 51-45 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Panamanian guard Michael Hicks (193-76, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) who scored 30 points. Scottish-Nigerian power forward Kieron Achara (208-83, college: Duquesne) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Finnish power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence) who recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized Albanian swingman Klaudio Ndoja (198-85) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Four Naturhouse Ferrara players scored in double figures. Sigma Barcellona moved-up to third place, which they share with Snaidero UD. Loser Naturhouse Ferrara dropped to the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Sigma Barcellona will face league's leader Fastweb CM in Casale in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Naturhouse Ferrara will play on the road against Fileni BPA (#9) in Jesi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Barcellona: M.Hicks 30+3reb+1ast, J.Crispin 19+2reb+5ast, K.Achara 11+12reb+4ast, R.Bucci 8+1ast, A.Ghiacci 8+7reb+2ast, M.Da Ros 4+3reb+2ast
N.Ferrara: T.Kotti 23+10reb+1ast, R.Hoover 16+2reb+4ast, K.Ndoja 15+6reb+1ast, D.Cournooh 13+3reb+4ast, V.Mazzola 8+11reb+2ast, H.Gamal 4+4reb
gschID: 95963




SerieA Round 22: No surprise as #1 Montepaschi Siena defeats Banca Tercas - by Eurobasket News
SerieA top team - Montepaschi Siena (20-2) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed fifteenth ranked Banca Tercas (6-16) 107-71. The game without a history. Montepaschi Siena led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Banca Tercas' 40. Montepaschi Siena looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Banca Tercas' players. 24 personal fouls committed by Banca Tercas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Malik Hairston (198-87, college: Oregon) scored 18 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Lithuanian center Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-79) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American power forward Josh Davis (203-80, college: Wyoming) responded with 12 points and 8 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. Montepaschi Siena have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 20-2 record. Banca Tercas at the other side dropped to the bottom place with 16 games lost. Montepaschi Siena are looking forward to face Armani Milano (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Banca Tercas will play against Air Avellino (#5) and are hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Important game to mention about took place in Bologna. Thirteenth ranked Cimberio Varese (10-12) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging higher ranked CS Bologna (12-10) 71-69 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of CS Bologna. American forward Ronald Slay (203-81, college: Tennessee, agency: David Lee services) notched 21 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) to lead the effort and Rok Stipcevic supported him with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Even 17 points and 9 rebounds by American swingman K.C. Rivers (196-87, college: Clemson, agency: Lanshire Group) did not help to save the game for CS Bologna. Cimberio Varese moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 6 other teams. CS Bologna at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. They share it with Air AV. Cimberio Varese will play against Lottomatica Roma (#9) at home in the next round. CS Bologna will play against Benetton Treviso (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game took place in Brindisi where higher ranked Dinamo Sassari (10-12) was upset on the court of fifteenth ranked Enel Brindisi (7-15) 102-85 on Sunday. Herve Toure fired 28 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. James White produced 24 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Enel Brindisi maintains fifteenth position with 7-15 record. Dinamo Sassari at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the sixth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with 6 other teams. Enel Brindisi will meet higher ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#13) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Dinamo Sassari will play against the league's second-placed Bennet Cantu (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 22: Angelico BI lost to Air AV on the opponent's court 76-83. Vanoli CR managed to outperform Lottomatica in a home game 83-70. Benetton TV managed to beat Scavolini PS on the road 71-65. Bennet Cantu defeated Pepsi Caserta on its own court 87-76. Fabi Shoes was smashed by Armani MI in Milano 87-68.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 25 points and 7 rebounds by Je'Kel Foster of Vanoli CR.



Air AV - Angelico BI 83-76

Very expected game when 14th ranked Angelico Biella (8-14) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Air Avellino (12-10) 83-76 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 24-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Air Avellino made 22-of-24 free shots (91.7 percent) during the game, while Angelico Biella only scored six points from the stripe. Air Avellino forced 21 Angelico Biella turnovers. American forward Omar Thomas (197-82, college: UTEP) fired 29 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American-FYR Macedonian guard Marques Green (170-82, college: St.Bonaventure) chipped in 21 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. American forward Marc Salyers (205-79, college: Samford) produced 15 points and 5 rebounds and Croatian-Bosnian center Goran Suton (209-85, college: Michigan St.) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Angelico Biella players scored in double figures. Air Avellino moved-up to fourth place, which they share with CS Bologna. Angelico Biella lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 14 games lost. Air Avellino will meet bottom-ranked Banca Tercas (#16) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Angelico Biella will play against Scavolini Pesaro and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Air AV: O.Thomas 29+7reb+1ast, M.Green 21+6reb+4ast, D.Lauwers 18+2reb+1ast, S.Szewczyk 9+4reb+5ast, L.Johnson 4+10reb+2ast, R.Casoli 2+4reb
Angelico BI: M.Salyers 15+5reb+2ast, M.Chessa 14+1reb, E.Sosa 13+1reb+2ast, G.Suton 11+7reb+1ast, G.Jurak 6+8reb+3ast, A.Slaughter 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 96200


Enel Brindisi - Dinamo Sassari 102-85

An interesting game took place in Brindisi where higher ranked Dinamo Sassari (10-12) was upset on the court of fifteenth ranked Enel Brindisi (7-15) 102-85 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Enel Brindisi. Dinamo Sassari managed to win third quarter 26-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Enel Brindisi forced 23 Dinamo Sassari turnovers. French-Ivorian forward Herve Toure (202-82, agency: ACMT) fired 28 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard Anthony Roberson (188-83, college: Florida) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. American guard James White (198-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) produced 24 points and 9 rebounds and the former international swingman Brian Sacchetti (197-86) added 18 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Enel Brindisi maintains fifteenth position with 7-15 record. Dinamo Sassari at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the sixth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with 6 other teams. Enel Brindisi will meet higher ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#13) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Dinamo Sassari will play against the league's second-placed Bennet Cantu (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Enel Brindisi: H.Toure 28+8reb+1ast, A.Roberson 18+6reb+1ast, Y.Diawara 15+3reb+2ast, B.Dixon 15+2reb+1ast, K.Lang 14+10reb, G.Maresca 6+1reb+1ast
Dinamo Sassari: J.White 24+9reb+2ast, B.Sacchetti 18+4reb+2ast, T.Diener 14+4reb+1ast, D.Tsaldaris 13+5reb, O.Hunter 10+8reb, V.Plisnic 4+2reb
gschID: 96201


Vanoli CR - Lottomatica 83-70

There was a surprise result in Cremona where eleventh ranked Vanoli-Braga (10-12) defeated higher ranked Lottomatica Roma (10-12) 83-70 on Sunday. American guard Je'Kel Foster (191-83, college: Ohio St., agency: Lanshire Group) fired 25 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. British-Ukrainian guard Artur Drozdov (199-80) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Montenegrin forward Vladimir Dasic (207-88, agency: Beo Basket) produced 23 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals and international swingman Luigi Datome (202-87) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Vanoli-Braga moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 6 other teams including defeated Lottomatica Roma. Vanoli-Braga will meet Pepsi Caserta (#7) on the road in the next round. Lottomatica Roma will play against Cimberio Varese and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Vanoli CR: J.Foster 25+7reb+3ast, M.Milic 13+4reb+1ast, A.Drozdov 12+5reb+5ast, B.Sekulic 12+9reb, J.Perkovic 9+5reb, L.D'Ercole 5
Lottomatica: V.Dasic 23+7reb+4ast, L.Datome 14+9reb+2ast, D.Washington 13+2reb+4ast, A.Traore 12+3reb+1ast, N.Gordic 4+1ast, C.Smith 3+3reb
gschID: 96196


Scavolini PS - Benetton TV 65-71

There was a minor upset when 9th ranked Scavolini Pesaro (10-12) was defeated at home by twelfth ranked Benetton Treviso (10-12) 71-65 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 23-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Benetton Treviso made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. American swingman Devin Smith (196-81, college: Virginia) fired 18 points for the winners. The other American import forward Brian Skinner (207-76, college: Baylor) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds. Puerto Rican guard Guillermo Diaz (188-85, college: Miami, FL) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds and the former international center Marco Cusin (211-85, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Scavolini Pesaro players scored in double figures. Scavolini Pesaro's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Benetton Treviso moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 6 other teams including defeated Scavolini Pesaro. Benetton Treviso will meet at home higher ranked CS Bologna (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Scavolini Pesaro will play against Angelico Biella and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Benetton TV: D.Smith 18+3reb, H.Peric 12+4reb, B.Skinner 10+9reb+1ast, A.Gentile 8+4reb, G.Brunner 8+11reb, M.Bulleri 6+2reb+3ast
Scavolini PS: G.Diaz 16+6reb, A.Collins 11+3reb+1ast, M.Cusin 11+5reb+1ast, D.Hackett 10+2reb, M.Almond 9+6reb, T.Lydeka 3+6reb
gschID: 96197


Montepaschi - Banca Tercas 107-71

SerieA top team - Montepaschi Siena (20-2) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed fifteenth ranked Banca Tercas (6-16) 107-71. The game without a history. Montepaschi Siena led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Banca Tercas' 40. Montepaschi Siena looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Banca Tercas' players. 24 personal fouls committed by Banca Tercas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Malik Hairston (198-87, college: Oregon) scored 18 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Lithuanian center Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-79) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Montepaschi Siena players scored in double figures. At the losing side American power forward Josh Davis (203-80, college: Wyoming) responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds and Canadian-Irish center Jesse Young (207-80, college: George Mason) scored 14 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. Montepaschi Siena have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 20-2 record. Banca Tercas at the other side dropped to the bottom place with 16 games lost. Montepaschi Siena are looking forward to face Armani Milano (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Banca Tercas will play against Air Avellino (#5) and are hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Montepaschi: M.Hairston 18+2reb+5ast, M.Jaric 16+3reb+2ast, K.Lavrinovic 15+6reb+2ast, M.Carraretto 11+3reb, D.Moss 11+1reb+4ast, P.Aradori 8+5reb+1ast
Banca Tercas: J.Young 14+3reb+1ast, J.Davis 12+8reb+2ast, K.Fletcher 11+4reb+1ast, G.Boscagin 8+1reb, I.Zoroski 7+3reb+2ast, R.De La Fuente 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 96198


CS Bologna - Cimberio VA 69-71

Important game to mention about took place in Bologna. Thirteenth ranked Cimberio Varese (10-12) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging higher ranked CS Bologna (12-10) 71-69 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of CS Bologna. CS Bologna was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 43-38 second half run of Cimberio Varese. They made 19-of-21 charity shots (90.5 percent) during the game. American forward Ronald Slay (203-81, college: Tennessee, agency: David Lee services) notched 21 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) to lead the effort and Croatian guard Rok Stipcevic (188-86) supported him with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Even 17 points and 9 rebounds by American swingman K.C. Rivers (196-87, college: Clemson, agency: Lanshire Group) did not help to save the game for CS Bologna. American-Bulgarian center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St.) added 16 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Four CS Bologna players scored in double figures. Cimberio Varese moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 6 other teams. CS Bologna at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. They share it with Air AV. Cimberio Varese will play against Lottomatica Roma (#9) at home in the next round. CS Bologna will play against Benetton Treviso (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Cimberio VA: R.Slay 21+5reb, D.Fajardo 12+6reb+1ast, K.Kangur 11+10reb, P.Goss 9+3reb+1ast, R.Stipcevic 9+7reb+6ast, T.Rannikko 7+2reb+4ast
CS Bologna: K.Rivers 17+9reb+2ast, J.Homan 16+10reb, D.Gailius 15+1reb, P.Koponen 12+2reb, K.Winston 4+1reb, V.Amoroso 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 96199


Bennet Cantu - Pepsi Caserta 87-76

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Bennet Cantu (16-6) beat at home 7th ranked Pepsi Caserta (10-12) 87-76 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Bennet Cantu. Pepsi Caserta managed to win third quarter 24-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bennet Cantu made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Serbian forward Vladimir Micov (203-85, agency: Beo Basket) fired 17 points and 8 assists for the winners. American forward Maarten Leunen (206-85, college: Oregon) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Jumaine Jones (202-79, college: Georgia) produced 19 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import center Eric Williams (206-84, college: Wake Forest, agency: Priority Sports) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Bennet Cantu and four Pepsi Caserta players scored in double figures. Bennet Cantu maintains second position with 16-6 record having four points less than leader Montepaschi, which they share with Armani MI. Loser Pepsi Caserta dropped to the sixth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with 6 other teams. Bennet Cantu will meet Dinamo Sassari (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Pepsi Caserta will play against Vanoli-Braga in Cremona and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bennet Cantu: V.Micov 17+4reb+8ast, N.Mazzarino 14+5ast, M.Leunen 13+8reb+1ast, M.Green 12+5reb+2ast, B.Ortner 10+3reb, D.Marconato 10+4reb+1ast
Pepsi Caserta: J.Jones 19+7reb+1ast, E.Ere 17+1reb, E.Williams 16+5reb+1ast, T.Bowers 13+4reb+4ast, F.Di Bella 6+3reb+1ast, L.Koszarek 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 96194


Armani MI - Fabi Shoes 87-68

There was no surprise when 12th ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (9-13) was outplayed on the road by third ranked Armani Milano (16-6) 87-68 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Armani Milano. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro managed to win third quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Armani Milano dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Fabi Shoes Montegranaro's 36. Armani Milano forced 24 Fabi Shoes Montegranaro turnovers. American guard Lynn Greer (186-79, college: Temple) fired 15 points and 7 assists for the winners. American-Bulgarian guard Ibrahim Jaaber (187-84, college: Pennsylvania, agency: 540 Sports) chipped in 15 points. Four Armani Milano players scored in double figures. Armani Milano's coach Dan Peterson used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American power forward Sharrod Ford (206-82, college: Clemson, agency: Pro One Sports) produced 25 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Allan Ray (188-84, college: Villanova) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Armani Milano moved-up to second place, which they share with Bennet Cantu. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth position with 13 games lost. Armani Milano will meet at home league's leader Montepaschi Siena in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro will play against Enel Brindisi (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Armani MI: D.Hawkins 17+2reb+1ast, I.Jaaber 15+3reb+3ast, L.Greer 15+3reb+7ast, M.Rocca 13+5reb+1ast, M.Mordente 6+2reb+1ast, M.Petravicius 6+1reb
Fabi Shoes: S.Ford 25+8reb+1ast, D.Cavaliero 15+1reb+2ast, A.Ray 13+4reb+3ast, A.Cinciarini 9+4reb+1ast, M.Antonutti 4+5reb+1ast, R.Toolson 2
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Consum.it Siena wins the A Dilettanti Cup - by Armando Caporaso
Today the Consum.IT Siena won his second A Dilettanti Italian Cup (the first in 2008) beating the Bitumcalor Trento for 66-57! Game controlled by the winners with Trento always to chase already in the first minutes. For the Bitumcalor only Andrea Benevelli (202-F-85) in double digit with a great performance: 17 points (6/8 by 2), 15 rebounds, 4 steals and 8 fouls suffered with 41 of ranking! For the others there are 9 points of Luca Conte (193-G-80) (but 1/9 by 3) and 7 points of Diego Zivic (198-F/C-76) with 4 assist and Andres Forray (188-G-86) with a bad 3/12 at shoot. Matteo Imbro (187-G-94) is the top scorer for the team of coach Stefano Salieri (and MVP of the tournament) with 13 points (3/7 by 3) and 4 assist. Good job for Amedeo Tessitori (201-C-94) with 12 points and 3 steals, 11 points and 6 rebounds for Gianluca Tomasiello (188-G-80) and 10 points for Stefano Rabaglietti (190-G-83).
Yesterday, in the semifinals of the Final 4, the Consum.it had exceeds Ruvo for 63-62 thanks the basket of Marco Pascolo (198-F-93) (only 2 points at the end) in the last seconds before the errors of Rabaglietti and Bonfiglio. For the Adriatica 4 players with 11 points: Riccardo Marzoli (190-G-89) with 7/8 in the free throws, Andrea Pilotti (196-F/G-80, agency: Players Group), Simone Bonfiglio (181-G-88) and Andrea Zerini (201-F-88, agency: Interperformances) that added 12 rebounds while for the finalists 17 points for Imbro with 6 rebounds, double-double of Tessitori with 15 points and 10 rebounds (7/10 by 2) and 14 points with 4 steals of Davide Andreaus (202-F-86). In the other semifinal Latina lost with Trento for 64-70, not enough the 19 points of Fabio Ruini (186-G-80), the triples of Lorenzo Panzini (185-G-90) (5/7 by 3), the 12 points of Francesco Amoroso (202-F-78) and the good performance of Matteo Rossetti (192-G-85) with 6 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals. For the Bitumcalor 21 points of Conte, double-double of Benevelli with 16 points and 10 rebounds and 12 points, from the bench, for Zivic in 19 minutes.


Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
 1. Montepaschi 20-2 
 2. Bennet Cantu 16-6 
 3. Armani MI 16-6 
 4. CS Bologna 12-10 
 5. Air AV 12-10 
 6. Vanoli CR 10-12 
 7. Pepsi Caserta 10-12 
 8. Dinamo Sassari 10-12 
 9. Lottomatica 10-12 
 10. Benetton TV 10-12 
 11. Cimberio VA 10-12 
 12. Scavolini PS 10-12 
 13. Fabi Shoes 9-13 
 14. Angelico BI 8-14 
 15. Enel Brindisi 7-15 
 16. Banca Tercas 6-16 


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 James WHITE
  Dinamo Sassari
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 21
 1. White, Dinamo Sassari21.0 
 2. Thomas, Air AV17.7 
 3. Ford, Fabi Shoes16.7 
 4. Roberson, Enel B.16.2 
 5. Dean, Air AV15.7 
 6. Zoroski, Banca T.15.7 
 7. Diawara, Enel B.15.0 
 8. Kaukenas, Montepas.14.9 
 9. Hunter, Dinamo S.14.8 
 10. Milic, Vanoli CR14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes10.7 
 2. Davis, Banca Tercas8.5 
 3. Jones, Pepsi C.8.5 
 4. Homan, CS Bologna8.4 
 5. Troutman, Air AV8.3 
 6. Lang, Enel Brindisi8.1 
 7. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.0 
 8. Suton, Angelico BI7.2 
 9. Hunter, Dinamo S.7.2 
 10. Sekulic, Vanoli CR6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Air AV
  (170-G-82)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Green, Air AV6.8 
 2. Diener, Dinamo S.4.7 
 3. Sosa, Angelico BI4.2 
 4. Rowland, Vanoli CR4.1 
 5. Collins, Scavolin.4.1 
 6. Goss, Cimberio VA3.9 
 7. Zoroski, Banca T.3.9 
 8. Green, Bennet Cantu3.7 
 9. Markovic, Benetton.3.3 
 10. Rannikko, Cimberio.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Earl ROWLAND
  Vanoli CR
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.0 
 2. Thomas, Air AV3.0 
 3. Green, Air AV2.9 
 4. Troutman, Air AV2.7 
 5. Dedovic, Lottomat.2.5 
 6. White, Dinamo Sassari2.5 
 7. Hawkins, Armani MI2.5 
 8. Stonerook, Montepas.2.5 
 9. McCalebb, Montepas.2.5 
 10. Dasic, Lottomatica2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes2.3 
 2. Crosariol, Lottomat.1.4 
 3. Hunter, Dinamo S.1.3 
 4. Toure, Enel Brindisi1.2 
 5. Lang, Enel Brindisi1.1 
 6. Cusin, Scavolini PS1.0 
 7. Drozdov, Vanoli CR0.9 
 8. Homan, CS Bologna0.9 
 9. Polonara, Banca T.0.9 
 10. Szewczyk, Air AV0.9 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Trent WHITING
  Aget Imola
  (185-G-76)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Whiting, Aget Imola23.5 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona21.8 
 3. Robinson, Trenkwal.21.0 
 4. Jackson, Prima Veroli20.3 
 5. Gordon, Forli19.5 
 6. Clark, Umana Reyer19.4 
 7. Ebi, Aget Imola19.2 
 8. Goldwire, Forli18.8 
 9. Marigney, Assigeco18.5 
 10. Forte, Tuscany PT18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Demian FILLOY
  Immobiliare SR
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Filloy, Immobili.9.3 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola9.2 
 3. Varnado, Tuscany PT8.8 
 4. Dickens, San Severo8.6 
 5. Boykin, Assigeco8.5 
 6. Lollis, Immobili.8.1 
 7. Waleskowski, Tezeni.8.0 
 8. Gordon, Forli7.8 
 9. Johnson, San Severo7.8 
 10. Dordei, Snaidero UD7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Joseph CRISPIN
  Barcellona
  (186-G-79)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Crispin, Barcellona5.1 
 2. Porta, Tezenis .4.9 
 3. Goldwire, Forli4.9 
 4. Clark, Umana Reyer3.9 
 5. Mathis, Snaidero.3.8 
 6. Hickman, Fastw.3.7 
 7. Whiting, Aget Imola3.7 
 8. Marigney, Assigeco3.6 
 9. Farabello, N.Fer.3.5 
 10. Levin, Sunrise .3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Terrence RODERICK
  Immobiliare SR
  (195-G/F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Roderick, Immobi.3.0 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola2.9 
 3. Hunter, Sunrise .2.6 
 4. Achara, Barcellona2.5 
 5. Filloy, Immobili.2.4 
 6. Cerella, Assigeco2.4 
 7. Williams, Snaidero.2.4 
 8. Davis, Sunrise .2.4 
 9. Whiting, Aget Imola2.4 
 10. Ndoja, N.Ferrara2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Varnado, Tuscany PT2.8 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola1.4 
 3. Achara, Barcellona1.1 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.1 
 5. Frosini, Trenkwalder0.9 
 6. Boykin, Assigeco0.8 
 7. Ezugwu, Assigeco0.8 
 8. Bryan, Umana Reyer0.7 
 9. Cervi, Trenkwalder0.7 
 10. Cutolo, San Severo0.7 


Standings - Lega 2
Lega2 Standings
 1. Fastweb CM 17-7 
 2. Umana Reyer 17-7 
 3. Snaidero UD 16-8 
 4. Barcellona 16-8 
 5. Immobiliare SR 15-9 
 6. Sunrise Scafati 15-9 
 7. Prima Veroli 13-11 
 8. Aget Imola 12-12 
 9. Fileni BPA 12-12 
 10. Tuscany PT 11-13 
 11. N.Ferrara 10-14 
 12. Assigeco 9-15 
 13. Tezenis Verona 9-15 
 14. Trenkwalder 8-16 
 15. Forli 6-18 
 16. San Severo 6-18 


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  JORDAN   


Abu-Shamala number 1 in Cibacopa Mexico Round 4 - by Omar Shafaamri

Jordanian-American swingman Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-G/F-87, college: Minnesota) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-rankedHermosillo, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.

The 23-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, nine rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush, the league's bottom-ranked team Mexicali (#9, 0-4) with 17-point margin 105-88. Hermosillo maintains the 2nd position in Mexican CIBACOPA. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Hermosillo already had a very good start winning all 4 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Abu-Shamala had a remarkable 88.9% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Hermosillo, being already a very valuable addition to the team.

Jamal Abu-Shamala averages this season 18.3ppg and 6.0rpg. Worth to mention Abu-Shamala played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.


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  JUCO   


CSI wins National Championship - by Eurobasket
HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- The College of Southern Idaho claimed the school's third national championship in men's basketball and first since 1987 Saturday night in Hutchinson, Kan., with a 72-64 victory over Midland College (Texas). Ironically, CSI defeated Midland in the 1987 title game.
CSI (33-4) took a 39-26 at the half thanks to shooting 64% from the field. However, Midland climbed back in the second half to make a run at the title. Guy Landry Edi (6'5''-G/F-88)'s late three-pointer with less than 15 seconds left in the contest cut the Golden Eagles' lead to just five, but Tournament MVP Pierre Jackson (5'10''-PG) sank three of four free throws down the stretch to seal a national championship for NJCAA's Region 18 for the second time in three years (Salt Lake CC, Utah - 2009).
Jackson, who led all scorers in the title game with 22 points, set a new natioanl tournament record by making 46 free throws on the week. He also led the tournament with 96 points and had a tournament-best 34 points in CSI's quarterfinal win over Tallahassee (Fla.).
Kenny Buckner (6'9''-C) also played a big role in the title game for the Golden Eagles, scoring 12 points and pulling down nine rebounds.
Midland (33-4) was led by Dwayne Davis (6'5''-F/G) who had 20 points and eight rebounds. Guy Landry Edi and Dwight Miller (6'8''-F-89) scored 15 and 11 points, respectively.
In addition to 1987, Southern Idaho also won the national championship in 1976.

Courtesy of CSI

Final: Southern Idaho - Midland 72-64
Bronze: Monroe - Southeastern 74-56


Lincoln Defends Title, Defeats Mott in DII Championship Game - by Eurobasket
DANVILLE, Ill. -- Lincoln College (Ill.) defended its national championship in the Division II ranks of NJCAA men's basketball with a 74-67 victory over Mott (Mich.) Saturday night (March 19) on the campus of Danville Area Community College (Ill.).
Lincoln (28-7) jumped out to a 10 point lead in the first half due to their defensive efforts, forcing Mott (33-3) to just 25.8% shooting from the field. The Lynx pushed their lead to as much as 15 in the second half before Mott made a comeback to cut the lead to just four points with a little over a minute to go in the contest.
The Lynx hit two free throws followed by a Kiel Turpin (7'0''-F) defensive stuff to turn Mott away. After a Lincoln free throw, Mott got back within five points with 35 seconds to play but the Lynx hit free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Turpin was named Tournament MVP for the second year in a row. He scored 19 points had pulled down seven rebounds in the title game. West Dawson (6'4''-G) had 20 points and Tylon Deal (5'10''-G) had 10 points for Lincoln.
Mott was led in scoring by Demetrius Miller (6'0''-G)'s 16 points. Mike Brigham (6'6''-F) and Doug Anderson (6'6''-F) both had double-double's. Brigham had 15 points and 10 boards while Anderson scored 14 points with 12 rebounds.

Courtesy of NJCAA

Championship: Lincoln - Mott 74-67
3rd/4th Place: Triton - Erie 102-98


Monroe win over Southeastern community college 56:74 to achieve 3rd placed in the nation - by Rangi Gescheit
Monroe win over Southeastern community college 56:74 to achieve 3rd placed in the nation.

The Mustangs Bounsed well after they sufferede their 5th lost of the season at the semifinal at Hutchington, Kentucky.

As the coaching staff acpected, the young players stepped up. Jeff Early (6'3''-G) had 15 point and 15 rebound, freshman shooting guard Davon Marshall (5'11''-G) added 12 and 6.

After the tournament, Monroe's TJ Lindsay and Orlando Sanchez (6'9''-C-88) were named to the All-tournament team.

Monroe was 3-1 in the national tournament and they finished the season with a 31-5 record.



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  LATVIA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja22.1 
 2. Wilson, Zemgale16.1 
 3. Bergmanis, Zemgale15.1 
 4. Willjam, Barons14.9 
 5. Duselis, LU14.8 
 6. Mitchell, Liepaja14.4 
 7. Peiners, LU14.2 
 8. Veselovs, Valmiera14.2 
 9. Mednis, Turiba14.0 
 10. Caldwell, Liepaja13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Roberts MEDNIS
  Turiba
  (204-C-89)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Mednis, Turiba8.1 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale7.5 
 3. Berzins, VEF R.7.5 
 4. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 5. Aleksejevs, Liepaja6.9 
 6. Selakovs, VEF R.6.3 
 7. Piternieks, LU5.9 
 8. Cavars, Barons5.8 
 9. Strelnieks, Ventspils5.8 
 10. Butjankovs, Barons5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja4.9 
 2. Willjam, Barons4.8 
 3. Gabrans, Valmiera4.7 
 4. Bertans, VEF R.4.7 
 5. Mitchell, Liepaja3.9 
 6. Strelnieks, Ventspils3.8 
 7. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
 8. Gailitis, VEF R.3.5 
 9. Piternieks, LU3.2 
 10. Vaikulis, Liepaja3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja2.6 
 2. Jahovics, VEF R.2.2 
 3. Mitchell, Liepaja1.9 
 4. Gailitis, VEF R.1.9 
 5. Gabrans, Valmiera1.8 
 6. Slisans, LU1.8 
 7. Cavars, Barons1.8 
 8. Bertans, VEF R.1.6 
 9. Motivans, Turiba1.6 
 10. Andzejevskis, Valmi.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Berzins, VEF R.2.1 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.9 
 3. Beard, Liepaja1.2 
 4. Mejeris, Liepaja1.2 
 5. Skirmants, Barons1.1 
 6. Pishchalniko., Barons0.9 
 7. Meiers, Liepaja0.9 
 8. Aleksejevs, Liepaja0.9 
 9. Piternieks, LU0.8 
 10. Blaus, Ventspils0.8 


LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Ventspils 16-3 
 2. Liepaja 16-7 
 3. Barons 15-9 
 4. Valmiera 13-8 
 5. VEF Riga jrs 12-9 
 6. Zemgale 8-12 
 7. Turiba 5-19 
 8. LU 3-21 
Play in international cups:
 1. VEF Riga


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  LITHUANIA   


Lithuanian NKL round 44 best performance: Egidijus Mockevicius - by Eurobasket News
Center Egidijus Mockevicius (204-C-92) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for KK Akademija Vilnius, receiving a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 44.
The 18-year old player had a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Silute (16-24) 92-82. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Akademija maintains the 4th position in Lithuanian NKL. Akademija is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 16-24 record. It's Mockevicius' second year at Akademija and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Egidijus Mockevicius has solid league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 10.7rpg. Mockevicius is in league's top in and averages impressive 2.6bpg and 54.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young Mantas Kazonas (202-F-89) of Perlas-MRU Vilnius. Kazonas had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he lead Perlas-MRU to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (#6, 22-20) 97-62. Perlas-MRU's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 18-24 record. Kazonas is well-known at Perlas-MRU and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Remigijus Trakimas (205-C-87) of league's top team Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys. Trakimas scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Pieno Zvaigzdes, leading his team to a 103-55 easy win against the lower-ranked Nafta Universitetas (#7, 21-21). Many experts and fans count Pieno Zvaigzdes as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 41 victories and only one lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Trakimas has a very solid season. In 36 games in Lithuania he scored 6.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rokas Cepanonis (207-F/C-89) of Erelita - 20 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Aivaras Kvedaravicius (184-G-88) of ABRO-Universitetas Siauliai - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Tomas Lekunas (195-F-93) of Akademija - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Jason Warren (201-F/G-84) of Mazeikiai - 14 points and 6 rebounds
8. Arturas Masiulis (210-C-80) of Pieno Zvaigzdes - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Justas Cesnavicius (211-C-79) of Silute - 23 points and 7 rebounds
10. Vitali Liutych (198-G/F-92) of ABRO-Univ. - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Lietuvos Rytas complete Baltic League semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News
Siauliai - Lietuvos Rytas 72:85

Lietuvos Rytas became the final fourth participant of Baltic League Final Four. They swept the quarterfinal series against Siauliai tonight. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) scored 22 points to lead the Vilnius to the road win. Lietuvos Rytas overcame a 14-point deficit after the opening term to come out winners in this one.
Siauliai used a strong 13:0 rally midway through the opening term to take a 25:9 lead. The hosts finished the first term up by 14 points 31:17. The margin grew at 19-point mark midway through the second term. But Lietuvos Rytas capped the first half on a 13:3 run to narrow the gap at 9 points 38:47. Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82) nailed 7 points in the third term as the visitors took over. Lietuvos Rytas denied the deficit as Steponas Babrauskas (197-G/F-84) made it 60:60 with ten minutes to go. Bajramovic, Brad Newley (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) and Steponas Babrauskas put Lietuvos Rytas in front 68:64 midway through the final term. Soon the gap grew at 15 points and Lietuvos Rytas did not loosen the grasp in the final minutes. Simas Jasaitis finished with 15 points, while Steponas Babrauskas and Brad Newley had 11 points each in the win. Darius Gvezdauskas (192-G-88) replied with 23 points for Siauliai. Vytautas Sarakauskas (203-C-82) had 11 points in the loss.
Lietuvos Rytas will now take on VEF Riga in the semis.

Siauliai: Darius Gvezdauskas 23, Vytautas Sarakauskas 11
Lietuvos Rytas: Jonas Valanciunas 22, Simas Jasaitis 15, Steponas Babrauskas 11, Brad Newley 11



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  LUXEMBOURG   


Diekirch League Round 5 (Second Stage): #1 T71 is defeated by Etzella - by Eurobasket News
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked T71 (18-5) in Dudelange on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by second ranked Etzella (17-6) 77-71. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in League. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 33-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American power forward Dustin Scott (203-F/C-85, college: Charleston) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and the former international swingman Nelson Delgado (186-80) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. American swingman Denell Stephens (193-86, college: Slippery Rock, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Etzella maintains second place in League with 17-6 record behind leader T71. Defending champion T71 still keeps top position with five games lost. Etzella are looking forward to face Residence (#6) in Bereldange in the next round. T71 will play at home against Basket Esch (#5) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of Contern (7-14) against Black Star (2-19) on Saturday night. Visiting Contern was crushed by Black Star in Mersch 88-59. American power forward Billy McDaniel (201-84, college: Ark.-Monticello, agency: JEMsports) nailed a double-double by scoring 26 points, 22 rebounds and 8 assists for the winning side and Tom Rausch accounted for 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Brandon Gary (202-83, college: Hutchinson CC) came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 22 rebounds for Contern in the defeat. Contern's coach Mark Reed gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted Black Star maintains fourth place in Group B with 2-19 record. Contern at the other side keeps the third position with 14 games lost. Black Star will play against Soleuvre in Belvaux in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Contern will play on the road against Musel Pikes in Stadrbredimus and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Soleuvre (7-14) lost to Musel Pikes (11-10) 71-57. The best player for the winners was Laurent Schwartz who scored 24 points and 6 assists. Lamonte Ulmer produced 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the hosts. Musel Pikes maintains first place in Group B with 11-10 record. Loser Soleuvre keeps the second position with 14 games lost. Musel Pikes will meet at home Contern in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Soleuvre will play against Black Star in Mersch and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 5
In League Sparta destroyed Basket Esch on the opponent's court 97-61. Amicale managed to outperform Residence in a home game 76-67.


Group 1-6 places
Basket Esch - Sparta 61-97

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 4th placed Basket Esch (13-10) was crushed at home by fifth ranked Sparta (13-10) 97-61 on Sunday. The game without a history. Sparta led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Basket Esch to just 6 points in second quarter. Sparta dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Basket Esch's 44. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Larrie Smith (197-75, college: Tennessee Tech) who scored 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Lucas Hargrove (198-88, college: Auburn, agency: 540 Sports) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. Four Sparta players scored in double figures. Sparta's coach Olaf Stolz felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International forward Martin Rajniak (204-78, college: CSU Bakersfield) produced 22 points and 5 rebounds and American forward John Reimold (198-81, college: Bowling Green) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Sparta moved-up to fourth place in League. Sparta will meet higher ranked Amicale (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Basket Esch will play against the league's leader T71 in Dudelange and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Basket Esch: M.Rajniak 22+5reb, J.Reimold 13+5reb+1ast, K.Diederich 12+3reb+3ast, C.Donnersbach 9+1reb+1ast, J.Biever 4+4reb+2ast, E.Kesseler 1+1reb
Sparta: J.Hublart 23+2reb, L.Smith 21+7reb+4ast, L.Hargrove 18+7reb+1ast, D.Gindt 15+3reb+1ast, P.Arbaut 9+3reb+8ast, R.Wolzfeld 6+5reb
gschID: 121831


Amicale - Residence 76-67

Rather predictable result in Steinsel where third ranked Amicale (14-9) defeated 6th ranked Residence (9-14) 76-67 on Saturday. Residence was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Amicale looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Residence's players. The best player for the winners was American forward Louis Birdsong (198-88, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. The former international guard Eric Jeitz (191-86) chipped in 28 points. American forward Marcus Kennedy (193-84, college: Montevallo, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds and the former international forward Thierry Abdiu (192-87) added 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Four Residence players scored in double figures. Amicale maintains third place in League with 14-9 record having four points less than leader T71. Loser Residence keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost. Amicale will meet at home Sparta (#4) in the next round. Residence will play against the league's second-placed Etzella in Ettelbruck and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Residence: M.Kennedy 25+13reb, T.Abdiu 13+7reb+4ast, P.Koster 11+2reb+2ast, M.Schmit 10+1reb, M.Leschek 8+6reb, K.Moura 0+1reb+1ast
Amicale: E.Jeitz 28+1reb+1ast, L.Birdsong 24+13reb+3ast, R.Birenbaum 12+1reb+2ast, C.Jones 5+6reb+2ast, C.Schartz 3+6reb+13ast, A.Laurent 2+2reb
gschID: 121829


T71 - Etzella 71-77

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked T71 (18-5) in Dudelange on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by second ranked Etzella (17-6) 77-71. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in League. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 33-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American power forward Dustin Scott (203-85, college: Charleston) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and the former international swingman Nelson Delgado (186-80) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. American swingman Denell Stephens (193-86, college: Slippery Rock, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) and international guard Tom Schumacher (190-87, college: Cal.Baptist) scored 15 points. Etzella maintains second place in League with 17-6 record behind leader T71. Defending champion T71 still keeps top position with five games lost. Etzella are looking forward to face Residence (#6) in Bereldange in the next round. T71 will play at home against Basket Esch (#5) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
T71: D.Stephens 24+13reb+1ast, T.Schumacher 15+4reb+3ast, F.Muller 10+5reb, B.Kieffer 6+5reb+1ast, G.Ruffato 6+3reb+2ast, G.Schmit 3
Etzella: D.Scott 27+11reb+1ast, T.Giver 19+2reb+2ast, N.Delgado 15+6reb+2ast, R.Albaladejo 8+2reb, G.Polfer 4+6reb+2ast, D.Wilson 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 121830


Group 7-10 places
Black Star - Contern 88-59

Very important is a road loss of Contern (7-14) against Black Star (2-19) on Saturday night. Visiting Contern was crushed by Black Star in Mersch 88-59. The game was mostly controlled by Black Star. Contern was better in third quarter 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Black Star had a 38-27 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Contern's players. American power forward Billy McDaniel (201-84, college: Ark.-Monticello, agency: JEMsports) nailed a double-double by scoring 26 points, 22 rebounds and 8 assists for the winning side and guard Tom Rausch (183-90) accounted for 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Black Star players scored in double figures. American forward Brandon Gary (202-83, college: Hutchinson CC) came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 22 rebounds and the former international guard Sven Pezzotta (186-88) added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Contern in the defeat. Contern's coach Mark Reed gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted Black Star maintains fourth place in Group B with 2-19 record. Contern at the other side keeps the third position with 14 games lost. Black Star will play against Soleuvre in Belvaux in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Contern will play on the road against Musel Pikes in Stadrbredimus and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Contern: B.Gary 24+22reb+1ast, S.Kuhlmann 16+4reb, S.Pezzotta 10+6reb+5ast, T.Schleimer 5+2reb, A.Milongo 4, D.Torres 0+1reb+2ast
Black Star: B.McDaniel 26+22reb+8ast, R.Nunes 14+3reb+7ast, T.Becker 12+1reb+2ast, T.Rausch 12+8reb+5ast, J.Kirch 10+4reb+1ast, M.Cortese 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 121832


Soleuvre - Musel Pikes 57-71

Soleuvre (7-14) lost to Musel Pikes (11-10) 71-57. The guests trailed by 11 points at the halftime before their 45-20 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was international guard Laurent Schwartz (177-89) who scored 24 points and 6 assists. American forward Trenton Wurtz (203-83, college: Indiana St.) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. Four Musel Pikes players scored in double figures. American forward Lamonte Ulmer (198-86, college: Rhode Island, agency: Impact Basketball) produced 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Ben Hemmen (185-83) added 10 points respectively for the hosts. Musel Pikes maintains first place in Group B with 11-10 record. Loser Soleuvre keeps the second position with 14 games lost. Musel Pikes will meet at home Contern in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Soleuvre will play against Black Star in Mersch and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Soleuvre: L.Ulmer 19+6reb+4ast, B.Hemmen 10+2reb+3ast, D.Controguerra 9+3reb+2ast, C.Weisen 9+2reb+1ast, C.Mertz 5+2reb+1ast, M.Weyland 3+2reb+6ast
Musel Pikes: L.Schwartz 24+6ast, T.Wurtz 15+9reb+3ast, G.Schmit 14+4reb+5ast, J.Kox 14+5reb+4ast, T.Wojnowski 4+9reb, C.Schmit 0+1reb
gschID: 121833




Scoring Leaders - DBBL
Points Per Game
 Marcus KENNEDY
  Residence
  (193-F-84)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. Kennedy, Residence24.9 
 2. Ulmer, Soleuvre24.1 
 3. Crawford, Soleuvre23.8 
 4. McDaniel, Black S.22.5 
 5. Schumacher, T7122.5 
 6. Reimold, Basket E.21.1 
 7. Muller, T7120.5 
 8. Gary, Contern20.1 
 9. Delgado, Etzella19.6 
 10. Smith, Sparta19.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lamonte ULMER
  Soleuvre
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Ulmer, Soleuvre15.8 
 2. McDaniel, Black S.15.1 
 3. Gary, Contern13.6 
 4. Crawford, Soleuvre12.6 
 5. Kennedy, Residence12.5 
 6. Stephens, T7112.2 
 7. Wurtz, Musel Pikes11.8 
 8. Scott, Etzella10.9 
 9. Wojnowski, Musel P.10.2 
 10. Birdsong, Amicale9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Christian SCHARTZ
  Amicale
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Schartz, Amicale5.4 
 2. Schumacher, T714.6 
 3. Rausch, Black Star3.6 
 4. Reimold, Basket E.3.3 
 5. Delgado, Etzella3.2 
 6. Arbaut, Sparta3.1 
 7. Schwartz, Musel P.3.1 
 8. Koster, Residence2.8 
 9. McDaniel, Black S.2.7 
 10. Giver, Etzella2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher JONES
  Amicale
  (186-G-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Jones, Amicale2.1 
 2. Kalmes, Contern1.9 
 3. Birdsong, Amicale1.6 
 4. McDaniel, Black S.1.6 
 5. Smith, Sparta1.5 
 6. Kennedy, Residence1.5 
 7. Gary, Contern1.5 
 8. Schartz, Amicale1.5 
 9. Delgado, Etzella1.5 
 10. Abdiu, Residence1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon GARY
  Contern
  (202-F-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gary, Contern2.0 
 2. McDaniel, Black S.1.9 
 3. Birdsong, Amicale1.8 
 4. Hoffmann, Etzella1.3 
 5. Stephens, T711.0 
 6. Abercrombie, Spa.0.9 
 7. Wurtz, Musel Pikes0.8 
 8. Kennedy, Residence0.7 
 9. Ulmer, Soleuvre0.6 
 10. Scott, Etzella0.6 


Standings
Diekirch Standings
1-6 places
 1. T71 18-5 
 2. Etzella 17-6 
 3. Amicale 14-9 
 4. Sparta 13-10 
 5. Basket Esch 13-10 
 6. Residence 9-14 
7-10 places
 1. Musel Pikes 11-10 
 2. Soleuvre 7-14 
 3. Contern 7-14 
 4. Black Star 2-19 


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  MEXICO   


CIBACOPA Round 6: Caballeros de Culiacan defeats Rayos de Hermosillo in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
There were just 6 rounds played in Regular Season of CIBACOPA and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

An interesting game for Caballeros de Culiacan (6-0) which hosted in Culiacan 3rd ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (4-2). Top-ranked Caballeros de Culiacan had an easy win 103-81. The game without a history. Caballeros de Culiacan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Caballeros de Culiacan made 7 blocks. It was a good game for American swingman Joel Webb (201-82, college: Bellevue, agency: 011 Sports) who led his team to a victory with 29 points and 5 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The other American import guard Kevin Sowell (190-81) contributed with 24 points and 5 assists for the winners. The former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-83, college: SW Baptist) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for Rayos de Hermosillo. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Caballeros de Culiacan have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 6-0 record. Rayos de Hermosillo at the other side keeps the third place with two games lost. They share the position with Cananea and Guaymas. Caballeros de Culiacan are looking forward to face Bomberos de Mexicali (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Rayos de Hermosillo will play against the league's second-placed Frayles de Guasave (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their sixth consecutive match to eighth ranked Bomberos de Mexicali (2-4) 94-92. American players dominated the game. Guard Michael Gale (193-82, college: Centenary) scored 40 points (!!!) to lead the charge for the winners and James Penny chipped in 20 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was swingman Nathan Sims (191-86, college: BYU-Hawaii) with 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. Bomberos de Mexicali moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Tijuana. Pioneros Los Mochis at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. They share the position with Tepic. Bomberos de Mexicali will play against league's leader Caballeros de Culiacan at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Pioneros Los Mochis will play against Tijuana Zonkeys (#7) and hope to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their sixth consecutive match to fifth ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (4-2) 91-78 on Saturday evening. Omar Lopez notched 18 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach Eduardo Opezzo used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 29 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks by Peter Lawal did not help to save the game for Coras de Tepic. Ostioneros de Guaymas have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Cananea and Hermosillo. Loser Coras de Tepic still closes the standings with six games lost. They share the position with Los Mochis. Ostioneros de Guaymas will meet Mineros de Cananea (#4) on the road in the next round. Coras de Tepic will play against Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#6) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
The game in Cananea was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Fuerza Guinda Nogales (3-3) played at the court of sixth ranked Mineros de Cananea (4-2). Mineros de Cananea managed to secure a 5-point victory 68-63. The best player for the winners was Davin White who scored 32 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Fuerza Guinda Nogales' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Mineros de Cananea moved-up to third place, which they share with Hermosillo and Guaymas. Fuerza Guinda Nogales at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. Mineros de Cananea's next round opponent will be Ostioneros de Guaymas (#5) at home. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will play against Coras de Tepic.

In the last game of round 6 Tijuana were beaten by Guasave on the road 102-92.



Guasave - Tijuana 102-92

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Frayles de Guasave (5-1) beat at home 7th ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (2-4) 102-92. The game was mostly controlled by Frayles de Guasave. Tijuana Zonkeys was better in third quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Frayles de Guasave dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Tijuana Zonkeys' 54. The best player for the winners was American guard Rasheem Barrett (196-87, college: Auburn, agency: SportsList Inc.) who scored 25 points and 8 rebounds. The other American import guard William Funn (188-82, college: Portland St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists. Funn is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Four Frayles de Guasave players scored in double figures. Frayles de Guasave's coach Marcelo Elusich used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Gene Shipley (206-79, college: Brandon, agency: Elleby Sports) who recorded 30 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks and Canadian guard Jermaine Watson (193-81, college: Boston Coll., agency: KMG Sports Management) added 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively. Frayles de Guasave have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 5-1 record behind leader Culiacan. Tijuana Zonkeys lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with four games lost. Frayles de Guasave's next round opponent will be Rayos de Hermosillo (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. Tijuana Zonkeys will play against Pioneros Los Mochis (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guasave: R.Barrett 25+8reb+2ast, A.Izaguirre 19+6reb+1ast, W.Funn 18+7reb+10ast, G.Giron 12+3reb+2ast, M.Strobbe 11+4reb, J.Barnes 9+6reb+2ast
Tijuana: G.Shipley 30+7reb+1ast, J.Watson 23+9reb+3ast, K.Rodriguez 20+5reb+5ast, J.Alvarez 7+1reb+2ast, C.Silva Santiago 4+1reb, M.Gavaldon 3+3reb
gschID: 122821


Mexicali - Los Mochis 94-92

Bottom-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their sixth consecutive match to eighth ranked Bomberos de Mexicali (2-4) 94-92. It looked good early as Pioneros Los Mochis took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Bomberos de Mexicali had a 27-20 second period charge getting the lead and Pioneros Los Mochis were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 92-94. Bomberos de Mexicali made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 16 blocks. American players dominated the game. Guard Michael Gale (193-82, college: Centenary) scored 40 points (!!!) to lead the charge for the winners and forward James Penny (198-76, college: TCU) chipped in 20 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was swingman Nathan Sims (191-86, college: BYU-Hawaii) with 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and guard Detrick White (184-76, college: Mississippi St.) scored 22 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Bomberos de Mexicali moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Tijuana. Pioneros Los Mochis at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. They share the position with Tepic. Bomberos de Mexicali will play against league's leader Caballeros de Culiacan at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Pioneros Los Mochis will play against Tijuana Zonkeys (#7) and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Mexicali: M.Gale 40+2reb+2ast, J.Penny 20+10reb+3ast, H.Carrillo 15+4reb+2ast, E.Cuen 12+8reb, R.Lopez 6+3reb, A.Gonzalez 1+1reb+1ast
Los Mochis: N.Sims 33+7reb, D.White 22+5reb+4ast, L.Malloy 13+11reb+1ast, C.M. Toussaint 11+4reb, A.Verdugo 7+1reb, A.Araujo 4+3reb
gschID: 122822


Guaymas - Tepic 91-78

Bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their sixth consecutive match to fifth ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (4-2) 91-78 on Saturday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Ostioneros de Guaymas. Coras de Tepic managed to win second period 29-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ostioneros de Guaymas dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Coras de Tepic's 38. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Ostioneros de Guaymas made 13 blocks. The former international center Omar Lopez (203-80, college: Cal.Baptist) notched 18 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Hector Nungaray (178-78) supported him with 13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. Four Ostioneros de Guaymas players scored in double figures. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach Eduardo Opezzo used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 29 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks by Nigerian-American forward Peter Lawal (198-86, college: Post) did not help to save the game for Coras de Tepic. American forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: Dream Team Management) added 31 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks. Ostioneros de Guaymas have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Cananea and Hermosillo. Loser Coras de Tepic still closes the standings with six games lost. They share the position with Los Mochis. Ostioneros de Guaymas will meet Mineros de Cananea (#4) on the road in the next round. Coras de Tepic will play against Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#6) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: O.Lopez 18+9reb, J.Sanchez 14+3reb, D.Greene 13+3reb+2ast, H.Nungaray 13+5reb+4ast, R.Benitez 10+2reb, J.Luis Bucio 9+2reb+6ast
Tepic: I.Brown 31+10reb+1ast, P.Lawal 29+14reb, A."Tony" Jones 16+3reb+1ast, R.Estrada 2+1reb+1ast, J.Padilla 0+1ast, J.Vargas 0+1ast
gschID: 122818


Culiacan - Hermosillo 103-81

An interesting game for Caballeros de Culiacan (6-0) which hosted in Culiacan 3rd ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (4-2). Top-ranked Caballeros de Culiacan had an easy win 103-81. The game without a history. Caballeros de Culiacan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Caballeros de Culiacan made 7 blocks. It was a good game for American swingman Joel Webb (201-82, college: Bellevue, agency: 011 Sports) who led his team to a victory with 29 points and 5 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The other American import guard Kevin Sowell (190-81) contributed with 24 points and 5 assists for the winners. Sowell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-83, college: SW Baptist) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Chavis Holmes (193, college: VMI) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Rayos de Hermosillo. Four Caballeros de Culiacan and five Rayos de Hermosillo 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. Caballeros de Culiacan have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 6-0 record. Rayos de Hermosillo at the other side keeps the third place with two games lost. They share the position with Cananea and Guaymas. Caballeros de Culiacan are looking forward to face Bomberos de Mexicali (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Rayos de Hermosillo will play against the league's second-placed Frayles de Guasave (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Culiacan: J.Webb 29+5reb+2ast, K.Sowell 24+4reb+5ast, S.Morgan 20+9reb+2ast, V.Avila 15+7reb+5ast, F.Verdugo 6+1ast, J.Gonzalez 5
Hermosillo: J.Lopez 17+11reb+1ast, C.Holmes 14+5reb+2ast, J.Manuel Esteva 12+4reb+2ast, S.Monreal 11+5ast, J.Abu-Shamala 10+4reb, J.Camacho 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 122819


Cananea - Nogales 68-63

The game in Cananea was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Fuerza Guinda Nogales (3-3) played at the court of sixth ranked Mineros de Cananea (4-2). Mineros de Cananea managed to secure a 5-point victory 68-63. The best player for the winners was American guard Davin White (186-81, college: Cal.St. Northridge) who scored 32 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). The other American import forward Derek Thomas (193-84, college: Appalachian St.) chipped in 14 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Rasheem Barrett (196-87, college: Auburn, agency: SportsList Inc.) who recorded 16 points and Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) added 9 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Fuerza Guinda Nogales' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Mineros de Cananea moved-up to third place, which they share with Hermosillo and Guaymas. Fuerza Guinda Nogales at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. Mineros de Cananea's next round opponent will be Ostioneros de Guaymas (#5) at home. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will play against Coras de Tepic.
Top scorers:
Cananea: D.White 32+6reb+5ast, D.Thomas 14+1reb+1ast, F.Harris 12+3ast, P.Darden 6+3reb, A.Aguirre 4+4reb, M.Valenzuela 0+2ast
Nogales: R.Hornsby 16+3reb+1ast, B.Matthews 10+3reb+1ast, R.Moss 9+5reb+3ast, N.Brown 9+1reb+4ast, J.Salcedo 8+2reb, O.Quintero 8+2reb+2ast
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White's 32-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old guard Davin White (186-G-81) put on an amazing game in the last round for Cananea and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
He had the game-high 32 points adding six rebounds and five assists for Cananea in his team's victory, helping them to beat Nogales (#6, 3-3) 68-63. Cananea is placed at 4th position in Mexican league. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Cananea will need more victories to improve their 4-2 record. In the team's last game White had a remarkable 90.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Cananea, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Cal State - Northridge graduate has very impressive stats this year. White is in league's top in points (2nd best: 29.3ppg), rebounds (8th best: 4.2rpg), assists (5th best: 4.3apg) and averages solid 1.2bpg,70.7% FGP and 41.7% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Ira Brown (193-F-82, agency: Dream Team Management) of Tepic. He is American forward in his first season at Tepic. In the last game Brown recorded impressive double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Tepic lost that game 78-91 to the higher-ranked Guaymas (#5, 4-2). Tepic are still at the very bottom. 6 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Brown is one of the most experienced players at Tepic and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Tepic's star - forward