EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/3/2011

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  ABA   


Southeast Texas win 33rd straight at home! - by Gianni Pascucci
The #1 ranked Southeast Texas Mavericks (27-1) defeated the Arlington Bulldogs 153-97 at home at their Nutty Jerrys Entertainment Center (NJEC) on Tuesday to record their 33rd straight home victory. The Mavericks also won their 17th straight victory on the season.
The Mavericks started slow and fell behind early 7-0 to the Bulldogs. After a time-out Hollis Giles (6'3''-G, college: Georgetown, KY) scored the Mavericks first basket and from there the Mavs started to climb out of the early hole they had dug for themselves. The first period remained close as Ralph Johnson (6'6''-F-82, college: Wiley) scored from both inside and outside to hold Arlington in the game. Long range gunner Dwight Coleman (6'8''-F-85, college: Dallas Baptist) hit two big 3 pointers to end the first period to give the Bulldogs the lead 23-22 after one period of play.
The 2nd quarter belonged totally to the Mavericks as Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: IUPUI) came off the Mavs bench to ignite the Mavericks offense and defense. Desmond Cambridge (6'0''-G-79, college: Alabama A&M) assisted with the full-court pressure as the Mavericks pressure defense took over the game. The Mavs won the quarter 44-25 and went in the locker-room up at halftime 66-48.
The 2nd half was all Mavericks: their defense was stifling as they never allowed the Bulldogs to get into any kind of offensive flow. The home team controlled the entire 2nd half and cruised to a 56 point victory 153-97.
Bradley led seven Mavericks double figure scorers with 21 points. Alex Sanders (6'7''-F/C-75, college: Louisville) scored 19 points (17 in the first half) pulled down 11 rebounds, and dished out 5 assist. Brandon Davis (6'7''-F/C, college: S.Alabama) recorded a double/double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Currye Todd (6'4''-G-85, college: Lamar) and Cambridge each scored 15 points. Ralph Johnson scored a game high with 28 points and had a game high 14 rebounds. Coleman added 25 points and Antonio Odom (6'4''-G/F-85, college: Texas Coll.) chipped 21 points respectively.
The Mavericks will host their Gulf Coast Division rival the Gulf Coast Flash on Thursday night. Tip-off will be at 7:30 PM.


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  ARGENTINA   


Boca Juniors tab Larry O'Bannon - by Eurobasket News
Larry O'Bannon (194-G-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Louisville) will continue his career in Argentina. The 27-year-old guard has agreed on terms of contract with Boca Juniors. The guard will replace Cedric Moodie on the roster. Larry O'Bannon tipped off the season in Israel. He tallied 12.1 points, 3.8 boards and 1.3 assists per EuroChallenge game. In Israeli League his stats read 12.9 points, 3.3 boards and 2.4 assists per appearance. Earlier Larry O'Bannon played in Serbia, Italy, Greece and Bulgaria.


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  AUSTRIA   


Joe Dean Shawn claims Austrian A Bundesliga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Joe Dean Shawn (199-F-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Oberwart Gunners and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Second Stage).
The 23-year old forward had the game-high 25 points adding four rebounds for Oberwart in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Gmunden (#1, 20-5) 68-67. Oberwart maintains the 4th position in Austrian A Bundesliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Oberwart will need more victories to improve their 15-10 record. In the team's last game Shawn had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Oberwart's top player in his first season with the team. Joe Dean Shawn averages this season 15.2ppg and 5.8rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old Croatian guard Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78, agency: World Sport Agency) of BC Vienna. Stazic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as BC Vienna lost that game 76-97 to Wels (14-11). The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Stazic is one of the most experienced players at BC Vienna and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.4ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 7.9rpg and 4.4apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Rasheed Brokenborough (191-G-76, agency: Impact Basketball) of Wels (#-5). Brokenborough got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He was a key player of Wels, leading his team to a 97-76 easy win against #-3 ranked BC Vienna in a game of the week. Wels needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in group B. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 11 lost games. Brokenborough has a very solid season. In 24 games in Austria he scored 18.8ppg. He also has FGP: 51.4% and 3PT: 42.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcus Heard (201-F-84) of Gussing - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Aleksandar Djuric (210-F/C-82) of Gussing - 25 points and 6 rebounds
6. Milan Stegnjaic (204-F/C-82) of UBSC Graz - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Davor Lamesic (205-F-83) of Wels - 19 points and 4 rebounds
8. Richard Poiger (201-F-87) of St.Polten - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Curtis Bobb (198-G/F-78) of Klosterneub. - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. De'Angelo Alexander (198-G-84) of Furstenfeld - 20 points and 6 rebounds

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


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Standings
Balkan League Standings
Group A
 1. Levski 7-1 
 2. Beograd 5-3 
 3. Ulcijn 4-4 
 4. Zrinjski HT 4-4 
 5. Svjetlost 0-8 
Group B
 1. Feni Indistrija 6-2 
 2. Mornar Bar 6-2 
 3. Rilski Sportist 4-4 
 4. Mures 3-5 
 5. Balkan 1-7 


Regular season is over - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in Balkan League just ended. Levski and Feni Industri are the winners of Group A and Group B, so they booked a spot directly for the Final Four. Beograd and Ulcinj of Group A, plus Mornar and Rilski of Group B advanced to the Quarterfinals. The pairs are Beograd - Rilski and Mornar - Ulcinj. The format is best of three series.

Group A
Zrinjski HT - Levski 76-84

An interesting game for Bulgarian Levski (7-1) which played road game in Mostar against Bosnian Zrinjski HT (4-4). First ranked Levski managed to get a 8-point victory 84-76. Zrinjski HT was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 23-12 third quarter run of Levski. American-Bulgarian center Priest Lauderdale (221-73, college: Central State) had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and FYR Macedonian power forward Gjorgi Cekovski (202-79) chipped in 18 points during the contest. Four Levski players scored in double figures. At the losing side Croatian forward Zeljko Sakic (203-88) responded with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Sindis Demic (190-83) scored 20 points. Levski is the winner of Group A with almost perfect 7-1 record. Zrinjski HT at the other side ended as No.4 and failed to reach the Playoffs.
Top scorers:
Zrinjski HT: S.Demic 20+4reb+1ast, Z.Sakic 20+7reb+4ast, L.Simonovic 10+6reb+3ast, T.Ramljak 9+4reb+1ast, M.Han 6+1reb+1ast, A.Hasandic 6+6reb+2ast
Levski: G.Cekovski 18+2reb+2ast, A.Harper 14+4reb+4ast, P.Lauderdale 14+10reb+2ast, D.Cole 13+5reb+1ast, J.Crowe 9+9reb+3ast, Z.Georgiev 6+1ast
gschID: 102632


Ulcijn - Beograd 87-79

The most important game in the last round took place in Ulcijn between Serbian OKK Beograd (5-3) and Montenegrin Ulcijn (4-4) on Tuesday night. OKK Beograd was defeated by Ulcijn in a tough game on the road 79-87. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But OKK Beograd won third quarter 23-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ulcijn dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to OKK Beograd's 32. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by OKK Beograd's players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Milos Djurisic (194-88) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Marko Mijovic (188-87) contributed with 13 points and 7 assists for the winners. Ulcijn's coach Vladimir Tausan used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Dragan Zekovic (210-87, agency: Interperformances) replied with 23 points and guard Slobodan Dundjerski (190-88, agency: Alti Sport) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for OKK Beograd. Four Ulcijn and five OKK Beograd players scored in double figures. Ulcijn moved-up to third place in Group A and booked a spot for the Quarterfinals. OKK Beograd at the other side kept the second position with three games lost and also goes to the next stage.
Top scorers:
Beograd: D.Zekovic 23+4reb+1ast, D.Mitrovic 14+3reb+3ast, S.Dundjerski 14+9reb+2ast, U.Lucic 13+5reb, S.Zivkovic 10+1reb+1ast, A.Tanaskovic 3
Ulcijn: M.Djurisic 18+5reb+5ast, A.Radulovic 17+4reb, R.Djurkovic 14+5reb+3ast, M.Mijovic 13+4reb+7ast, S.Tepavcevic 9+5reb+3ast, N.Jeftic 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 112004


Group B
Balkan - Feni Indistrija 76-83

The game in Botevgrad was also worth to mention about. FYR Macedonian Feni Indistrija (6-2) played at the court of Bulgarian Balkan (1-7). Feni Indistrija managed to secure a 7-point victory 83-76. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 28-20. But Balkan won second period 20-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Feni Indistrija forced 19 Balkan turnovers. Power forward Slobodan Mihajloski (202-82) fired 18 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American guard Jarrid Frye (194-85, college: Sacred Heart) chipped in 17 points. Feni Indistrija's coach Emil Rajkovic used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Center Krum Doychinov (206-86, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and forward Lubomir Lilov (198-87) added 14 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Five Balkan players scored in double figures. Defending FYR Macedonian champion won Group B and goes directly to the Finals Four. Balkan lost sixth consecutive game and said good buy to this year's edition of BIBL.
Top scorers:
Balkan: K.Doychinov 15+15reb+2ast, G.Davidov 14+6reb+1ast, D.Filipov 14+4reb+2ast, L.Lilov 14+3reb+4ast, T.Ivanov 10+3reb, E.Binev 5+3ast
Feni Indistrija: S.Mihajloski 18+2reb, J.Frye 17+3reb, D.Sokolov 12+4reb+2ast, V.Brckov 7+3reb+3ast, G.Samardziev 6+2reb+1ast, D.Tasovski 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 102633


Mures - Mornar Bar 81-102

An interesting game for Montenegrin Mornar Bar (6-2) which played road game in Mures against Romanian Mures (3-5). Second ranked Mornar Bar had an easy win 102-81. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 102-81. Mornar Bar outrebounded Mures 40-29 including 31 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Guard Nikola Ivanovic (187-94, agency: Beo Basket) notched 13 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the effort and power forward Nemanja Radovic (205-91, agency: Beo Basket) supported him with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Five Mornar Bar players scored in double figures. Even 34 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds by Serbian power forward Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-84, agency: BeoExcell) did not help to save the game for Mures. Center Liviu Dumitru (203-79) added 17 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Mornar Bar have a solid three-game winning streak. They ended as No.2 in Group B and advanced to Quarterfinals. Loser Mures ended as No.4 and failed to reach the next stage.
Top scorers:
Mures: A.Mladenovic 34+9reb+2ast, L.Dumitru 17+5reb, J.Cooley 7+1reb+12ast, D.Lewis 6+1reb, A.Capusan 5+3reb, J.Forte 4+3reb+1ast
Mornar Bar: I.Jelenic 20+1reb+4ast, N.Radovic 18+8reb+1ast, N.Ivanovic 13+7reb+7ast, M.Damjanovic 13+7reb+2ast, M.Sarajlija 12+1reb+1ast, N.Ljujic 8+4reb+2ast
gschID: 102634




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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Challenge Cup
 1. Sakalai 0-0 
 2. Rakvere 0-0 
 3. Barsy Atyrau 0-0 
 4. Naglis-Adakris 0-0 
Elite Division
 1. Ventspils 16-4 
 2. VEF Riga 15-5 
 3. TU/Rock 14-6 
 4. Rudupis 13-8 
 5. Siauliai 12-8 
 6. Nevezis 12-9 
 7. Kalev/Cramo 11-10 
 8. Perlas 9-12 
 9. Norrkoping 8-12 
 10. Liepaja 7-14 
 11. TTU/Kalev 5-16 
 12. Valmiera 1-19 
Challenge Cup
 1. Juventus 7-3 
 2. Aiscai Kaunas 6-4 
 3. Techasas 6-4 
 4. Neptunas 5-5 
 5. Zemgale 4-6 
 6. Alytus Alita 2-8 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Pierce CALDWELL
  Liepaja
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Caldwell, Liepaja20.3 
 2. Bergmanis, Zemgale19.0 
 3. Jurevicus, Liepaja19.0 
 4. Osby, TT.18.9 
 5. Vasylius, Neptunas16.9 
 6. Parakhouski, VEF R.16.0 
 7. Juskevicius, Rudupis15.6 
 8. Talts, TU/Rock15.5 
 9. Dimsa, Nevezis15.1 
 10. Krumins, Zemgale14.8 
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. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.8.1 
 6. Matulis, Sakalai8.0 
 7. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.7.9 
 8. Sarakauskas, Siauliai7.7 
 9. Stimac, Ventspils7.6 
 10. Rozitis, Zemgale7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Rudupis
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Dainys, Rudupis5.6 
 2. Ezerskis, Techasas5.1 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai5.0 
 4. Varanauskas, Sakal.4.9 
 5. Kriisa, TT.4.8 
 6. Alijevas, Nevezis4.5 
 7. Rinkevicius, Techasas4.5 
 8. Viskontas, Perlas4.4 
 9. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.3 
 10. Vasiliauskas, Aiscai K.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Siauliai
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Broadus, Siauliai2.4 
 2. Leonavicius, Techa.2.3 
 3. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.2.0 
 4. Chunda, Barsy A.1.9 
 5. Vasylius, Neptunas1.9 
 6. Dainys, Rudupis1.9 
 7. Saage, Rakvere1.9 
 8. Hughes, VEF Riga1.8 
 9. Anderson, Ventspils1.8 
 10. Leppik, TU/Rock1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.2 
 2. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.2.0 
 3. Rozitis, Zemgale1.9 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.6 
 5. Parakhouski, VEF R.1.4 
 6. Silinskis, Techasas1.4 
 7. Hanke, Norrkoping1.3 
 8. Cresnar, Nevezis1.3 
 9. Osby, TT.1.2 
 10. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.1 


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  BOSNIA   


Goran Gajovic claims Bosnia and Herzegovina D1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Montenegrin Goran Gajovic (199-G/F-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Hercegovac and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 22-year old swingman had the game-high 28 points adding five rebounds and two assists for Hercegovac in his team's victory, helping them to beat Kakanj (#10, 6-14) 84-72. Hercegovac maintains the 8th position in Bosnia and Herzegovina D1. Hercegovac is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 11-9 record. In the team's last game Gajovic had a remarkable 64.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Hercegovac's top player in his first season with the team. Gajovic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (7th best: 16.6ppg) and averages solid 2.4spg and 69.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old Serbian center Marko Jagodic Kuridza (204-C-87) of second-ranked Borac Nektar. Jagodic Kuridza impressed basketball fans with a triple-double of 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Bad luck as Borac Nektar lost that game 79-86 to the lower-ranked Sloboda Dita (#5, 12-9). Borac Nektar managed to keep the same second spot in the standings. His team's 14-6 record is not bad at all. Jagodic Kuridza is a newcomer at Borac Nektar and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another Hercegovac's star - Montenegrin Andrija Pejovic (205-C-83). Pejovic scored 13 points and grabbed nineteen rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Hercegovac, helping his team with a 84-72 win against slightly lower-ranked Kakanj (#10, 6-14). Hercegovac needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 9 lost games. Pejovic has a great season in Bosnia. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.2rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dusko Markovic (204-F/C-74) of SL IAT Leotar - 19 points and 10 rebounds
5. Jozo Brkic (211-F/C-86) of Capljina - 21 points and 12 rebounds
6. Dragan Duranovic (202-F/C-88) of Mladost - 21 points and 5 rebounds
7. Drasko Albijanic (211-C-86) of Sloboda Dita - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) of Hercegovac - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Narcis Begovac (204-F/C-79) of Kakanj - 18 points and 6 rebounds
10. Bojan Pelkic (206-F-83) of SL IAT Leotar - 20 points and 5 rebounds

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


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  CANADA   


JEVOHN shephard TAKES a STEP up IN german PRO leagues - by John Gary
courtesy basketball.ca CANADIAN SENIOR NATIONAL TEAM MEMBER jevohn SHEPHARD HAS LANDED IN franKFURT SIGNING WITH THE deutsche BANK skylines in the BUNDESLIGA bbl,the countrys top pro league.The Toronto native comes to Frankfurt from Osnabruech,where he played in the Pro A league Germanys second tier circuit. For the Giralive Bullies he enjoyed a successful season averaging 20.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.4 assits per game. 'Jevohn Shephard is a young player with a lot of potential,' said Skyline Sport Director Kamil Novak. 'We hope too get more support at the forward position and be deeper in the latter part of the season. The Skyliners are in second place in the 18 team BBL with a record of 18-6.


2010-11 RSEQ major awards and all-stars announced - by Eurobasket News
MONTREAL - Rseau du sport tudiant du Qubec (RSEQ) announced today the winners of the 2010-2011 University Men's Basketball individual honours and members of the All-Star teams now that the curtain fell on another season on Sunday. Concordia Stingers' Kyle Desmarais (188-G, college: Cent.Conn.St.) (Montreal, QC) and Laval Rouge et Or's Jrme Turcotte-Routhier (Quebec City, QC) were elected Players of the Year.

Desmarais had the second best point per game average (19.3) and shooting percentage (.554) in the league. The Concordia point guard also closed the season third for the steals per game average (2.2) and fourth for defensive rebounds per game (4.3). He was the second most used player in the league with an average of 33:54 minutes of play per game.

Turcotte-Routhier placed third in the league for the point per game average (16.8) and the rebound per game average (6.6), but he led the league for steals per game (2.6) and defensive rebounds per game (4.7). The Law student and former Ste. Foy Cegep Dynamique player is also the RSEQ's candidate for the CIS Ken Shields Award, which he also won in 2008. This prize rewards a student-athlete who excels in three areas: basketball, studies and community involvement.

In 2010-11, he was involved with the Special Court for Lebanon attempting to shed light in the assassination of President Rafic Hariri in 2005. He gave a lecture on International Criminal Justice at the Ste. Foy Cegep for the 350 student-athletes of the Ste. Foy Dynamique's sports program. Vice President of the Quebec Basketball Federation board of administration, Turcotte-Routhier has given over 15 lectures to youth on the themes of physical activity and studies.

For a second straight season, UQAM Citadins' guard Eric Cote-Kougnima (Gatineau, QC) was picked for the Defensive Player of the Year. The Business student had the second best assist per game average (4.1) in the league. Cote-Kougnima was the busiest player this season with a playing time average of 34:30 minutes per game. The former Outaouais Cegep Griffons player also posted the fourth best blocked shot per game average (0.6) and he came second for the rebounds per match average (6.6).

His team mate Alexandre Bernard (F) (Gatineau, QC) was awarded the Rookie of the Year title. The Biology student had the top league-wide shooting percentage (.576) and offensive rebounds average (3.1). This other Griffons graduate also ranked fifth for total rebounds per game (6.2).

Finally, the Laval Rouge et Or's Jacques Paiement Jr was named Coach of the Year after leading his side to the second place in the standings with a 11-5 record. The Rouge et Or counts on the best offence in the league with an average of 83.8 points per game. Leader of the capital city side since November 2008, Paiement is a former Ste. Foy Dynamiques coach and he led Team Quebec U-17 and the Jean-de-Brebeuf College Dynamiques. He holds a law degree from the University of Montreal and a political science degree from the University of Nebraska.

Playoffs time!

Both semi-finals open on Tuesday night at 7 pm (ET) when the Stingers host the Citadins at Concordia and the Redmen are out in Quebec City to visit the Rouge et Or at the PEPS. The Stingers will be a handful for the defending champs from UQAM after winning all four clashes between these two this season. The Rouge et Or has won the first three games before McGill rebounded to pick up the last result. The semi-final winners will face in the Friday night final. RSEQ's champions will move on to the CIS National Championship, March 11-13 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Players of the Year
Guard, Kyle Desmarais, U. Concordia, Economics, Montral, Central Connecticut State
Guard, Jrme Turcotte-Routhier, U. Laval, Droit, Qubec, Cgep de Sainte-Foy

Defensive Player of the Year
Guard, ric Ct-Kougnima, UQAM, Administration, Gatineau, Cgep de l'Outaouais

Rookie of the Year
Forward, Alexandre Bernard, UQAM, Biologie, Gatineau, Cgep de l'Outaouais

Coach of the Year
Jacques Paiement Jr, U. Laval

Nominee for the CIS Ken Shields Award
Jrme Turcotte-Routhier, U. Laval, Droit, Qubec, Cgep de Sainte-Foy

Official of the Year
Mike Homsy

FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM

Position, name, school, study program, hometown, last team

Guard, Kyle Desmarais, U. Concordia, Economics, Montral, Central Connecticut State
Guard, Jrme Turcotte-Routhier, U. Laval, Droit, Qubec, Cgep de Sainte-Foy
Forward, Jean-Franois Beaulieu Maheux, U. Laval, Cert. service social, Chicoutimi, Collge Montmorency
Point guard, Olivier Bouchard (178-G), U. McGill, International Management, Montral, Collge Montmorency
Guard, Decee Krah (180-G), U. Concordia, Marketing, Hamilton, Ontario, Cathedral HS

SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM

Position, name, school, study program, hometown, last team

Guard, ric Ct-Kougnima, UQAM, Administration, Gatineau, Cgep de l'Outaouais
Forward, Alexandre Bernard, UQAM, Biologie, Gatineau, Cgep de l'Outaouais
*Guard, Simon Bibeau (188-G-91), U. McGill, Economics and Finance, Saint-Bruno, College Champlain Saint-Lambert
Forward, James Clark, U. Concordia, Sociology, Toronto Eastern, Commerce HS
Forward, tienne Labrecque, U. Laval, ducation physique et la sant, Jonquire, Quinnipiac Bobcats

ROOKIE ALL-STAR TEAM
Position, name, school, study program, hometown, last team
Forward, Alexandre Bernard, UQAM, Biologie, Gatineau, Cgep de l'Outaouais
*Guard, Simon Bibeau, U. McGill, Economics and Finance, Saint-Bruno, Collge Champlain Saint-Lambert
Center, Mike Andrews (C), U. Bishop's, Education, Oakville, Ontario, St. Ignatius of Loyola C.S.S.
*Forward, Vincent Lanctt-Fortier, UQAM, Relations internationales et droit international, Montral, Nomades, Collge Montmorency
Forward, Marvin Vebobe (192-G-89), U. Laval, Bio-informatique, Avignon, France, Chalon-sur-Sane

*Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence bursary winner
Courtesy of: RSEQ



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Standings - CBA
CBA Standings
 1. Xinjiang 27-1 
 2. DongGuan 22-6 
 3. Guandong 21-7 
 4. Jiangsu 16-11 
 5. Zhejiang C. 16-12 
 6. Zhejiang G.L. 16-12 
 7. Beijing 15-13 
 8. Bayi 15-14 
 9. Shandong 14-14 
 10. Shanxi Zh. 13-15 
 11. Liaoning 12-16 
 12. Shanghai 12-17 
 13. Qingdao DS 10-18 
 14. Jilin 10-19 
 15. Foshan 9-19 
 16. Fujian 6-22 
 17. TianJin R. 5-23 


Xinjiang Defeats Dongguan 108-102 in Battle of Top Two Teams - by Arthur Volbert
Singleton James (203-F-81, college: Murray St.) had 36 points and 17 rebounds as first-place Xinjiang defeated second-place Dongguan 108-102. Dongguan was playing without star import Jackson Vroman. Quincy Douby helped Xinjiang with 35 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Xu Guozhong had 13 points and Zhang Qingpeng had 10. Josh Akognon scored 44 points for Dongguan. Qiu Biao had 22 points and 5 rebounds. Zhang Kai had 17 points and 13 rebounds but fouled out in 31 minutes. Gu Quan scored 8. Promising young big men 7-3 Sun Zhe and 6-9 Sun Tonglin were ineffective. Sun Zhe had 2 points and 1 rebound in 17 minutes. Sun Tonglin hit 1 of 7 shots in 31 minutes but did grab 6 rebounds.

Third place Guangdong crept within one game of Dongguan with a 130-104 pasting of Shanghai. Lester Hudson had 23 points and 5 rebounds in 17 minutes. Zhu Fangyu scored 20 points, his best performance in over a month. Dong Hanlin had 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Chen Jianghua had 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Zhou Peng scored 13 and Du Feng had 11. Liu Xiaoyu had 8 points and 10 assists. Su Wei had 8 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Marcus Haislip only played 43 seconds. Shanghai used no imports and was also without Liu Wei. Wu Yang led Shanghai with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Liu Xiqui scored 18 and Peng Fei had 17. Feng Tian and Meng Lingyuan each had 13. Zhang Zhaoxu had 9 points and 3 rebounds in 21 minutes.

Marcus Williams had 35 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists as Zhejiang defeated Beijing 101-94. Imports prevailed as these two teams battled for playoff positioning. Josh Boone had 20 points and 10 rebounds. Ding Jinhui had 12 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Ju Peng scored 10. Randolph Morris had 41 points and 20 rebounds. Zaid Abbaas had 17 points and 13 rebounds. Xie Libin scored 10 and Chen Lei had 9.

Charles Gaines had 31 points and 16 rebounds as Qingdao defeated Tianjin 91-85. Li Gen scored 21. Dee Brown scored 12 and Li Guang scored 10. Vernon Hamilton had 37 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists to lead Tianjin. Xu Guijun scored 13. Zhang Nan had 11 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. With Herve Lamizana gone, young center Xu Lei played 33 minutes and had 10 points, 14 rebounds and 2 blocks.

Jiangsu edged Bayi 104-99. Jerome Moiso, Antoine Wright and Yi Li each scored 18. Young Wang Junjie had 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Tang Zhengdong had 14 points and 6 rebounds. Hu Xuefeng had 11 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Li Ke had 28 points and 6 rebounds for Bayi. Mo Ke had 20 points and 5 rebounds. Han Shuo had 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Wang Zhizhi had 14 points and 14 rebounds. Wang Zhongguang had 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.

Shandong defeated Foshan 101-93. Rodney White had 22 points and 6 rebounds. Sun Jie had 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Li Jingyu had 15 points and 13 rebounds. Zhai Jinshuai scored 15. Young Tao Hanlin, who replaced Wu Ke as a starter, had 8 points and 10 rebounds, continuing his fine performances. Stephon Marbury had 26 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists for Foshan. Olumide Oyedeji had 20 points and 16 rebounds. Zhao Nan had 10 points and 4 rebounds. Yang Wenbo scored 9. Zheng Zhun had 8 points and 10 rebounds.

Shanxi Zhongyu edged Fujian 108-107. Leon Rodgers had 35 points and 9 rebounds. Duan Jiangpeng had 24 points and 4 rebounds. Alexander Johnson scored 17. Osama Daghlas had 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Zhang Xuewen scored 11. Andre Emmett 37 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Fujian. Dwayne Jones had 19 points and 16 rebounds. Zhao Tailong scored 13 and Gong Songlin had 10. Lu Xiaoming had 9 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists.

Peter John Ramos had 23 points, 21 rebounds and 3 blocks as Zhejiang Guangsha edged Jilin 105-103. Wang Bo had 24 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Lin Chih-Chieh had 22 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists. Zhang Wei scored 12 and Wang Fei had 11. Tim Pickett had 32 points and 8 rebounds for Jilin. Jameel Watkins had 17 points and 12 rebounds. Luo Xudong and Lu Yao each scored 14. Zhong Cheng had 10 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists.



CBA Round 30 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. The most interesting game of round 30 was a home defeat of 7th ranked Beijing Ducks (15-13) to fifth ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (16-12) 101-94. The guests trailed by 17 points at the halftime before their 56-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Zhejiang Cyclones made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Beijing Ducks turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Beijing Ducks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Marcus Williams (201-86, college: Arizona, agency: ZAG Advocates) had a triple-double by scoring 45 points (!!!), 11 rebounds, 12 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import power forward Josh Boone (208-84, college: Connecticut) chipped in 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) with a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!), 20 rebounds and 4 blocks. Zhejiang Cyclones have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 16-12 record, which they share with Zhejiang G.L. Beijing Ducks at the other side keep the seventh place with 13 games lost. Zhejiang Cyclones is looking forward to face league's leader Xinjiang Flying Tige in Urumqi in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Beijing Ducks will play at home against Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#6) in Hangzhou and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in DongGuan. Second-best host DongGuan Leopards (22-6) lost to first ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (27-1) 108-102. American forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) notched a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds to lead the effort and Quincy Douby supported him with 35 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Even 44 points (!!!) and 4 assists by Nigerian guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) did not help to save the game for DongGuan Leopards. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Xinjiang Flying Tige have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 27-1 record. DongGuan Leopards at the other side keep the second place with six games lost. Xinjiang Flying Tige will play against Zhejiang Cyclones (#5) in Hangzhou in the next round. DongGuan Leopards will play on the road against Shandong Bulls in Jinan and hope to get back on the winning track.
Sixteenth-ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (6-22) gave a tough game to tenth ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (13-15) in Taiyuan on Wednesday. Shanxi Zhongyu managed to secure only one-point victory 108-107. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Leon Rodgers who scored 35 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Andre Emmett who recorded 37 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 4 assists (went 14 for 14 at the free throw line !!!). Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Shanxi Zhongyu have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain tenth position with 13-15 record. Loser Fujian SBS XunXin keeps the sixteenth place with 22 games lost. Shanxi Zhongyu will meet at home higher ranked Guandong Tigers (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Fujian SBS XunXin will play against TianJin Rongcheng (#17) in Tianjin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Thirteenth-ranked Jilin Tigers (10-19) gave a tough game to sixth ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (16-12) in Hangzhou. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions managed to secure only two-point victory 105-103. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a good game for Peter John Ramos who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 21 rebounds. Jilin Tigers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Zhejiang C. Jilin Tigers lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' next round opponent will be Beijing Ducks (#7) on the road. Jilin Tigers will play against Liaoning Hunters (#11) in Yingkou.
11th ranked Shanghai Sharks (12-17) were outscored at home by third ranked Guandong Tigers (21-7) with the biggest margin this round 130-104 on Wednesday night. Lester Hudson scored 23 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Guandong Tigers' coach ChunJiang Li felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guandong Tigers have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 21-7 record having six points less than leader Xinjiang. Loser Shanghai Sharks dropped to the twelfth place with 17 games lost. Guandong Tigers will face Shanxi Zhongyu (#10) in Taiyuan in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Shanghai Sharks will play on the road against Jiangsu Dragons in Nanjing.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 30: Foshan lost to Shandong on the opponent's court 83-91. Bottom-ranked TianJin R. unfortunately lost to Qingdao DS in a home game 85-91. Bayi recorded a loss to Jiangsu on the road 99-104.


Shanxi Zh. - Fujian 108-107

Sixteenth-ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (6-22) gave a tough game to tenth ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (13-15) in Taiyuan on Wednesday. Shanxi Zhongyu managed to secure only one-point victory 108-107. However their fans expected much easier game. Strangely Fujian SBS XunXin outrebounded Shanxi Zhongyu 48-35 including 19 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Leon Rodgers (199-80, college: N.Illinois) who scored 35 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward JiangPeng Duan (197-90) chipped in 24 points. Five Shanxi Zhongyu players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Andre Emmett (196-82, college: Texas Tech) who recorded 37 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 4 assists (went 14 for 14 at the free throw line !!!) and his fellow American import center Dwayne Jones (211-83, college: St.Joseph's) added 19 points and 16 rebounds respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Shanxi Zhongyu have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain tenth position with 13-15 record. Loser Fujian SBS XunXin keeps the sixteenth place with 22 games lost. Shanxi Zhongyu will meet at home higher ranked Guandong Tigers (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Fujian SBS XunXin will play against TianJin Rongcheng (#17) in Tianjin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shanxi Zh.: R.Leon 35+9reb+4ast, D.JiangPeng 24+4reb+1ast, J.Alexander 17+4reb+2ast, D.Osama 12+5reb+3ast, Z.XueWen 11+2reb, Z.Biao 4+4reb
Fujian: E.Andre 37+7reb+4ast, J.Dwayne 19+16reb+1ast, Z.TaiLong 13+1reb+1ast, G.SongLin 10+4reb, L.XiaoMing 9+5reb+12ast, L.Hang 8+9reb
gschID: 118561


Zhejiang G.L. - Jilin 105-103

Thirteenth-ranked Jilin Tigers (10-19) gave a tough game to sixth ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (16-12) in Hangzhou. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions managed to secure only two-point victory 105-103. However their fans expected much easier game. Jilin Tigers cut a 13-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Jilin Tigers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 21 rebounds. The former international forward Bo Wang (202-82) contributed with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. American swingman Tim Pickett (193-81, college: Florida St.) replied with 32 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Jameel Watkins (211-77, college: Georgetown) added 17 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Jilin Tigers. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Jilin Tigers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Zhejiang C. Jilin Tigers lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' next round opponent will be Beijing Ducks (#7) on the road. Jilin Tigers will play against Liaoning Hunters (#11) in Yingkou.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang G.L.: W.Bo 24+5reb+8ast, R.Peter John 23+21reb, L.Chih-Chieh 22+3reb+7ast, Z.Wei 12+4reb+1ast, W.Fei 11+3reb+2ast, D.Li 7+1reb+1ast
Jilin: P.Tim 32+8reb+1ast, W.Jameel 17+12reb, L.Yao 14+1reb+1ast, L.Xudong 14+1reb+5ast, Z.Cheng 10+14reb+3ast, L.Wei 8+4reb
gschID: 118562


DongGuan - Xinjiang 102-108

The game between Top Four teams took place in DongGuan. Second-best host DongGuan Leopards (22-6) lost to first ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (27-1) 108-102. DongGuan Leopards were ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 31-20 third quarter run of Xinjiang Flying Tige. They made 31-of-38 charity shots (81.6 percent) during the game, while DongGuan Leopards only scored fifteen points from the stripe. DongGuan Leopards were plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) notched a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import guard Quincy Douby (191-84, college: Rutgers) supported him with 35 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Xinjiang Flying Tige players scored in double figures. Even 44 points (!!!) and 4 assists by Nigerian guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) did not help to save the game for DongGuan Leopards. The former international center Kai Zhang (211-82) added 17 points and 13 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Xinjiang Flying Tige have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 27-1 record. DongGuan Leopards at the other side keep the second place with six games lost. Xinjiang Flying Tige will play against Zhejiang Cyclones (#5) in Hangzhou in the next round. DongGuan Leopards will play on the road against Shandong Bulls in Jinan and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang: S.James 36+17reb+1ast, D.Quincy 35+7reb+7ast, X.GuoChong 13+2reb, Z.QingPeng 10+3reb, C.Tal 7+2reb+1ast, B.Yang 4+5reb
DongGuan: A.Josh-Emmanuel 44+3reb+4ast, Q.Biao 22+5reb+1ast, Z.Kai 17+13reb+3ast, G.QuAn 8+2reb+1ast, P.Duo 7+1reb, S.TongLin 2+6reb+2ast
gschID: 118558


Shandong - Foshan 91-83

Very expected game in Jinan where 14th ranked Foshan (9-19) was defeated by ninth ranked Shandong Bulls (14-14) 91-83 on Wednesday. Foshan was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 29-19 charge of Shandong Bulls, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Foshan was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Rodney White (206-80, college: Charlotte) scored 22 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward JingYu Li (198-91) chipped in 15 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. Four Shandong Bulls players scored in double figures. Shandong Bulls' coach Bob Weiss used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Nigerian-British power forward Olumide Oyedeji (208-81) with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 16 rebounds and American guard Stephon Marbury (187-77, college: Georgia Tech) scored 26 points and 5 rebounds. Shandong Bulls maintains ninth position with 14-14 record. Loser Foshan dropped to the fifteenth place with 19 games lost. Shandong Bulls will face league's second-placed DongGuan Leopards at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Foshan will play against Qingdao Double Star (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shandong: W.Rodney 22+6reb+3ast, S.Jie 17+5reb+5ast, Z.Jinshuai 15+3reb, L.JingYu 15+13reb+1ast, T.HanLin 8+10reb+2ast, W.Ke 5+2reb+1ast
Foshan: M.Stephon 26+5reb+3ast, O.Olumide 20+16reb, Z.Nan 10+4reb+1ast, Y.Wenbo 9+3reb+1ast, Z.Zhun 8+10reb+1ast, L.Ke 8+2ast
gschID: 118559


Shanghai - Guandong 104-130

11th ranked Shanghai Sharks (12-17) were outscored at home by third ranked Guandong Tigers (21-7) with the biggest margin this round 130-104 on Wednesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Guandong Tigers. Shanghai Sharks was better in fourth quarter 32-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guandong Tigers made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Shanghai Sharks turnovers and outrebounded them 37-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. Guandong Tigers shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 69.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. American guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tennessee-Martin) scored 23 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international forward Dong Hanlin (208-91) chipped in 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Guandong Tigers' coach ChunJiang Li felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was center Yang Wu (208-88) with 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and forward Ziqui Liu (195-82) scored 18 points and 5 assists. Four Guandong Tigers and five Shanghai Sharks players scored in double figures. Guandong Tigers have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 21-7 record having six points less than leader Xinjiang. Loser Shanghai Sharks dropped to the twelfth place with 17 games lost. Guandong Tigers will face Shanxi Zhongyu (#10) in Taiyuan in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Shanghai Sharks will play on the road against Jiangsu Dragons in Nanjing.
Top scorers:
Guandong: H.Lester 23+5reb+2ast, Z.FangYu 20+3reb, H.Dong 19+6reb+4ast, C.Jianghua 15+5reb+7ast, Z.Peng 13+3reb, D.Feng 11+2reb+1ast
Shanghai: W.Yang 20+5reb+2ast, L.Ziqui 18+4reb+5ast, P.Fei 17+6reb+1ast, F.Tian 13+3reb+1ast, M.Lingyuan 13+1reb+5ast, Z.ZhaoXu 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 118560


Beijing - Zhejiang C. 94-101

The most interesting game of round 30 was a home defeat of 7th ranked Beijing Ducks (15-13) to fifth ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (16-12) 101-94. The guests trailed by 17 points at the halftime before their 56-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Zhejiang Cyclones made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Beijing Ducks turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Beijing Ducks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Marcus Williams (201-86, college: Arizona, agency: ZAG Advocates) had a triple-double by scoring 45 points (!!!), 11 rebounds, 12 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import power forward Josh Boone (208-84, college: Connecticut) chipped in 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Zhejiang Cyclones players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) with a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!), 20 rebounds and 4 blocks and Jordanian forward Zaid Abbaas (203-83) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Zhejiang Cyclones have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 16-12 record, which they share with Zhejiang G.L. Beijing Ducks at the other side keep the seventh place with 13 games lost. Zhejiang Cyclones is looking forward to face league's leader Xinjiang Flying Tige in Urumqi in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Beijing Ducks will play at home against Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#6) in Hangzhou and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang C.: W.Marcus 45+11reb+12ast, B.Josh 20+10reb, D.Jinhui 12+8reb+3ast, J.Peng 10+1reb, Z.Dayu 6+1reb, C.Fei 5+2reb
Beijing: M.Randolph 41+20reb, A.Zaid 17+13reb+1ast, X.LiBin 10+2reb, L.Hsueh-Lin 9+4reb+5ast, C.Lei 9+4reb+3ast, J.Zhe 5+2reb
gschID: 118555


TianJin R. - Qingdao DS 85-91

Rather predictable result in Tianjin where fifteenth ranked Qingdao Double Star (10-18) defeated bottom-ranked TianJin Rongcheng (5-23) 91-85 on Wednesday. TianJin Rongcheng was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 31-22 charge of Qingdao Double Star, which allowed them to win the game. Qingdao Double Star outrebounded TianJin Rongcheng 53-37 including 38 on the defensive glass. American forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) had a double-double by scoring 31 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Gen Li (196-88) chipped in 21 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Vernon Hamilton (183-84, college: Clemson) with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 8 assists and center Lei Xu (207-88) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. TianJin Rongcheng's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Qingdao Double Star moved-up to thirteenth place. TianJin Rongcheng lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 23 lost games. Qingdao Double Star will face Foshan (#15) at home in the next round. TianJin Rongcheng will play against Fujian SBS XunXin in Jinjiang and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Qingdao DS: G.Charles 31+16reb+4ast, L.Gen 21+4reb+2ast, B.Dee 12+9reb+5ast, L.Guang 10+2reb+3ast, A.Zaid 7+7reb, C.Liang 7+3reb+2ast
TianJin R.: H.Vernon 37+10reb+8ast, X.GuiJun 13+2reb+1ast, Z.Nan 11+7reb+3ast, X.Lei 10+14reb+1ast, S.Chun 9, W.Hao 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 118556


Jiangsu - Bayi 104-99

Not a big story in a game in Nanjing where 8th ranked Bayi Fubang (15-14) was defeated by fourth ranked Jiangsu Dragons (16-11) 104-99 on Wednesday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 27-22. But Bayi Fubang won second period 24-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Jiangsu Dragons looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Bayi Fubang was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Junjie Wang (205-90) scored 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and French power forward Jerome Moiso (208-78, college: UCLA) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Jiangsu Dragons' coach Qiang Xu used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was the former international center Ke Li (207-81) with 28 points and 6 rebounds and the former international center ZhiZhi Wang (214-79) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. Five Jiangsu Dragons and four Bayi Fubang players scored in double figures. Jiangsu Dragons maintains fourth position with 16-11 record. Loser Bayi Fubang keeps the eighth place with 14 games lost. Jiangsu Dragons will face Shanghai Sharks (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu: Y.Li 18+5reb+4ast, M.Jerome 18+7reb+2ast, W.Antoine 18+4reb+2ast, W.Junjie 16+9reb+4ast, T.ZhengDong 14+6reb+2ast, H.XueFeng 11+9reb+5ast
Bayi: L.Ke 28+6reb+1ast, M.Ke 20+5reb+3ast, H.Shuo 17+5reb+5ast, W.ZhiZhi 14+14reb+1ast, W.ZhongGuang 9+7reb+4ast, X.ZhongHao 7+5reb
gschID: 118557




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  COSTA RICA   


Standings - D1
LBS Standings
Group A
 1. Barva 1-0 
 2. Cartago 0-0 
 3. Liceo 0-0 
 4. Perez Zeledon 0-0 
 5. Grecia 0-1 
Group B
 1. Escazu 1-0 
 2. Goico 0-0 
 3. Naranjo 0-0 
 4. Sanatura D. 0-0 
 5. ARBA San Ram. 0-1 


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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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Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Svendborg 23-2 
 2. Bakken 23-2 
 3. Naestved 19-7 
 4. Horsholm 15-11 
 5. Horsens IC 13-13 
 6. SISU 10-16 
 7. Aabyhoj 10-17 
 8. Vaerlose 8-18 
 9. Aalborg 5-22 
 10. Amager BK 4-22 


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Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 29-10 
 2. Erie Bay H. 24-12 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 17-20 
 4. Dakota W. 12-25 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 7-28 
Southwest Division
 1. Tulsa 66ers 27-10 
 2. Rio Grande 27-11 
 3. Texas L. 17-21 
 4. Austin T. 15-21 
 5. New Mexico 15-22 
 6. Maine RC 14-23 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 22-14 
 2. Bakersfield J. 22-14 
 3. Utah F. 21-15 
 4. Idaho S. 15-22 
 5. Springfield A. 10-26 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Bakersfield J.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.25.9 
 2. Jeffers, Iowa E.21.2 
 3. Johnson, Erie B.20.7 
 4. Adrien, Rio Grande19.9 
 5. Alexander, Texas L.19.5 
 6. McNeal, Rio Grande19.0 
 7. Dentmon, Texas L.18.9 
 8. Sims, Maine RC18.5 
 9. Edwards, New M.18.2 
 10. Stinson, Iowa E.17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Golde State W.
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande12.2 
 2. Ewing, Sioux F.11.3 
 3. Davidson, Idaho S.10.1 
 4. Sims, Iowa E.9.8 
 5. Johnson, Dakota W.9.6 
 6. Williams, Texas L.9.6 
 7. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.1 
 8. Brackins, Spring.9.1 
 9. Alexander, Texas L.9.1 
 10. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.2 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.7 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.9 
 5. Jackson, Idaho S.7.3 
 6. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 7. Johnson, Austin T.6.2 
 8. Reynolds, Spring.6.1 
 9. Ahearn, Erie Bay H.6.1 
 10. Baker, Dakota W.5.9 
Steals Per Game
 Zabian DOWDELL
  Phoenix Suns
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 3. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.3 
 4. Greene, Utah F.2.1 
 5. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 6. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 7. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 8. Reynolds, Spring.1.9 
 9. Jeffers, Iowa E.1.9 
 10. Jackson, Idaho S.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Williams, Texas L.2.9 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.2.8 
 3. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.4 
 4. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 5. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.1 
 6. Atchley, Rio Grande2.1 
 7. Sykes, Sioux F.1.9 
 8. Gaffney, Utah F.1.7 
 9. Pittman, Sioux F.1.7 
 10. Goodridge, Spring.1.6 


Earl Barron Signed to 10-Day Contract by Milwaukee Bucks - by Surujh Roopnarine
Veteran D-League center Earl Barron (7'0''-C-81, college: Memphis) has been signed to a 10-day contract by the Milwaukee Bucks. Barron, 29, played in 12 games (3.0ppg, 3.3rpg, and 14.8mpg) for the Phoenix Suns this season after being signed by them on November 16. After being released a little more than a month later, Milwaukee will now be Barron's fourth NBA team spread across five seasons. He owns career NBA averages of 5.2 points and 3.6 rebounds over 101 games. In his Bucks debut last night against the Detroit Pistons, the former Memphis Tiger came off the bench to score four points and grab nine rebounds in nearly 16 minutes of action. The 7-0 Barron, who is a very good pick-and-pop big man due to his shooting touch, has been well-traveled throughout his D-League career, appearing in 121 games over parts of five seasons in Huntsville, Florida, Los Angeles and Iowa. Last season was his best in the D-League, as he started all 47 games he appeared in for the Energy, averaging 16.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists while shooting 48.9% from the field, earning All-NBA D-League 3rd Team Honors.

Tuesday: Energy and Skyforce win - by Eurobasket News
Sioux Falls S. - Idaho S. 93-85
A five-point possession helped the Skyforce overcome a 21-point deficit and beat Idaho 93-85 on Tuesday night at the Arena just two days after blowing an 11-point lead in the final five minutes at first-place Tulsa. Yes, Sioux Falls continues to be interesting even at 7-28. 'If you'd have told me any time during that game that we were going to win, I'd have laughed at you,' said Skyforce coach Mo McHone, whose club had lost four in a row. 'But we gutted it out. Every once in a while you've got to do that.' Actually, this was the second time in two weeks that Sioux Falls rallied from 15 or more down at home to beat a team with more talent. Idaho (15-22) had five former NBA players on the floor at the same time Tuesday. One of them, three-time NBA All-Star Antoine Walker, left the floor early, earning two technical fouls and an ejection for arguing with an official with two-tenths of a second left. An ending like that seemed all but impossible when the Force trailed 44-23 midway through the second quarter. What made that score worse was that Sioux Falls started hot and led by eight early. But the Skyforce responded to giving up a 22-2 run by putting together a 19-4 run to end the first half. They followed that with an 18-2 spurt between the end of the third and start of the fourth to turn the game into a tossup. The decisive turn was a run of seven straight points to break a 79-all tie with 3 minutes left. Five of those came on a single possession: David Bailey absorbed a flagrant foul and hit both free throws, Sean Marshall (6'6''-G/F-85, college: Boston Coll.) - who finished with a game-high 26 points off the bench - hit a jumper on the ensuing possession and Patrick Ewing (6'8''-F-84, college: Georgetown) Jr. was fouled while positioning for a possible rebound and hit the resulting free throw. Just like that Sioux Falls was up seven with 2:22 to play. The Force outscored the Stampede 32-15 in the fourth and the 85 points allowed marked its best defensive showing since Dec. 4. 'We haven't got that all season,' Marshall said of the five-point possession, 'so to see something like that go our way, you can't do anything but smile.' Idaho coach Randy Livingston, a former Skyforce star, had a different take, but didn't put the blame on the officials. 'It never should have come down to some tough calls at the end of the game if we take care of business,' he said. 'We're a good team. We just have to find a way to bound back on Thursday.' The Stampede had five players in double figures, but nobody had more than 17 and Walker was limited to eight - half his average. (He did, however, squeeze in one of his trademark shimmies.) Meanwhile, Ewing Jr. backed up Marshall with 22 points and 11 rebounds, forward Raymond Sykes (6'9''-F/C-86, college: Clemson) had 18 and 12 and Bailey chipped in with 14 points and 10 assists. The teams meet again Thursday with the possibility of more shimmies, ejections and resiliency. 'As long as we're out there wearing a jersey, we're going to fight,' Marshall said, 'and that's the biggest thing for us right now.' *Courtesy of www.argusleader.com

Erie Bay H. - Iowa E. 93-115
The Erie BayHawks dropped a second consecutive game to the Iowa Energy, 115-93, Tuesday night before an announced crowd of 2,349 at Tullio Arena. The BayHawks (24-12) are 1-3 since the All-Star break. They have lost their past two home games after winning 12 of their first 13 games at Tullio Arena, including an 11-game home win streak. Erie starting point guard Blake Ahearn (6'2''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Missouri St.) injured his left hip during the first half and didn't return against the Energy (29-10), who are atop the East Conference and up 3 1/2 games on the BayHawks. Along with Ahearn going down, Erie All-Star power forward Ivan Johnson (6'8''-F/C-84, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) was ejected from the game after picking up a second technical foul early in the second half. Ahearn and Johnson each scored 11 points. *Courtesy of www.goerie.com


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SRT Round 3: Plaza keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for Plaza as it allowed them to stay on top alone. Plaza defeated GUG in Santiago 100-82. Plaza has perfect 3-0 record so far. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. GUG at the other side still looks for the first joy (0-2). GUG will have a break next round, which should allow them to rest in order to get ready for the next games. Plaza will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked CPN. It will be extra interesting game as CPN is their local rival from Santiago.
The game in Santiago was also worth to mention about. Cupes (1-0) played at the court of bottom-ranked Sameji (0-3) and managed to secure a 4-point victory 89-85
. It was the first appearance for Cupes this season and they have 1-0 now. Sameji at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost.



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Plaza - GUG 100-82
The game had a very big importance for Plaza as it allowed them to stay on top alone. Plaza defeated GUG in Santiago 100-82. Plaza has perfect 3-0 record so far. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. GUG at the other side still looks for the first joy (0-2). GUG will have a break next round, which should allow them to rest in order to get ready for the next games. Plaza will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked CPN. It will be extra interesting game as CPN is their local rival from Santiago.


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Sameji - Cupes 85-89
The game in Santiago was also worth to mention about. Cupes (1-0) played at the court of bottom-ranked Sameji (0-3) and managed to secure a 4-point victory 89-85. It was the first appearance for Cupes this season and they have 1-0 now. Sameji at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost.



Standings - LIDOBA
SRT Standings
 1. Plaza 3-0 
 2. CPN 2-0 
 3. Cupes 1-0 
 4. CDP 1-2 
 5. GUG 0-2 
 6. Sameji 0-3 


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Standings
EBA Standings
Div.
 1. New York W. 8-2 
 2. Destroyers 6-3 
 3. Harrisburg H. 4-3 
 4. South Jersey E. 4-5 
 5. North Jersey P. 4-6 
 6. Hudson V.H. 1-9 
 7. M. All-Stars 8-1 
 8. Washington M. 6-3 
 9. Winchester S. 5-3 
 10. Old Domin. M. 4-4 
 11. Carolina G. 2-4 
 12. NoVa H. 2-8 
 13. Portsmouth C. 1-8 


Wizards Win in South Jersey - by EBA Media
Remain Atop the Northern Division at 8-2

The New York Wizards traveled to Southern Jersey for their 6th consecutive road game and faced an excellent South Jersey Enterprise team fighting for playoff positioning! The outcome was a 111-107 victory for the Wizards!

Enterprise is a top notch professional team Stated Wizards Head Coach Greg Cerillo Once again this was a very difficult game for us, yet one we know will help us get ready for what we hope to be a playoff run! There are just no easy games in this division or this league, and wins on the road are even more difficult to come by.

The Wizards seemed to learn a lot from their virtual 3-month road trip (they have not played at home since 12/18/2010) and controlled the tempo of the game throughout, even though they did not take a lead until the 4th quarter.

We learned a lot from our Destroyer and Horizon games Stated Cerillo We wanted to utilize our size and control tempo in this game.

The Wizards did just that. Utilizing their obvious height advantage and balanced inside scoring (Shagari Alleyne 73 - 15 points, Al Ndayie 69 12 points, BB Bekono 67-6 points, Darren Townes 67 19 points, Darrell Wonge 67 15 points) the Wizards continued to attack the paint and their guards were able to penetrate the Enterprise defense drawing foul after foul on their Enterprise opponents!

Guard Tamien Trent contributed 14 solid points in the Wizards victory, continually posting up anyone who tried to cover him. Wizards guard and captain Aubin Scott was truly the star of the game filling up the stat sheet with 29 points, 12 assists, 6 rebounds, and 2 steals.

You dont earn fouls shooting 3-pt shots Continued Cerillo Our season long philosophy has been to get inside, and to get into our opponents bench. With the exception of the Destroyer and Horizon games I think we have done just that. People think of us as a big club, yet we still get outstanding guard play from Aubin Scott, Tamien Trent, and Darrell Wonge. Truly we need to continue to prepare to take advantage of whatever the defense gives us.



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Moving Forward - by Matthew Hall
We won two out of our four games in February, and fifty percent is our number for every month in the season at this point, but yet we remain strongly in fourth place even though our record is a weak 13-13 overall. Our last loss was devastating, it was our second major upset in three weeks, and it was on our home court. Though we are discouraged for letting each other down as well as our fans we are not letting self-pity or weakness consume and corrupt our team chemistry, we are moving forward with focus and determination. The absolute and only positive that comes from a loss (it is hard for me to admit that there is anything positive) is the lessons that can be learned, what went wrong, and further what needs to be corrected. With six games left in the regular season we plan to finish very strong, and our goal is to let our late season success propel us into the playoffs without looking back.

Now that I've got that out of the way I want to share a recent experience I had playing in a game of open run basketball here in Estonia. I have played in thousands and thousands of pick-up games back home and not one of them was anything like the game I played here. First off, before we started to play some of the guys, these were locals from Vinni and Rakvere, played a game of 'America' to warm up, they asked me to play but I said I'd just watch assuming that it would take to long for them to explain the rules. In a few seconds I realized that the game they coined America was a simple game of Knock Out. Once they were done playing we began to play a full court game. It was a much friendlier style, and I say this not strictly referring to the personalities on the court, but more so to the subtle gestures that they performed; like the unified clapping after each made basket, raising a hand when a foul was committed, congratulating an opponent when they made a nice play. Foul calls are not debatable in open run here, and the player on offense always has the upper hand. The player on defense raises his hand if he makes even the slightest contact with the player he is guarding, this was my only objection to their rules, it is almost too nice, but it is the greatest recipe to avoid conflict. There was one gym in Springfield that I played a ton of games at, and every night I played at some point or another there would be a long an loud argument over a missed or made foul call, and all I could think about watching the Estonians play was just how useful their methods would have been for those guys back home. The other interesting thing about the open run here, and maybe the most notable thing, is that they dont keep score. I kept asking what the score was, and finally some kid yelled to me 'We go until one team says Mercy!' So after about an hour enough was enough and we all just stopped playing, I didn't hear anyone say 'Mercy' so I guess we don't know who the winner was, but either way it was a cool experience.

To shift the focus on something maybe a bit more serious, some might even say threatening, there was an observation I made about a month ago at an away game against Aisciai Kaunas, in Lithuania. This game was at the official gym and basketball school designed by Arvydas Sabonis , and he was actually in attendance during our game, which I found wildly ironic because I watched him play against the Boston Celtics when he was with the Portland Trailblazers back in the early nineties. Sabonis is not only the architect of a wonderful basketball facility, but he is also adequately developing the youth of Lithuania in his school, and I witnessed before our game a session of one training program. I peeked inside the gym and I could see the young ballers shooting jump shots and lay-ups over giant cardboard cut outs of what looked like Yao Ming, there was six different baskets, and at each basket stood these enormous obstacles, and the players ran from each basket demonstrating a different drill at each one. It was like a basketball army, very disciplined and organized. I also know from my teammate Joonas Vaino that the kids in Lithuania are eating these special protein bars for post workout recovery. These arent power bars either, Joonas described it as a massive block of muscle fuel, he's about 6'6 at least two hundred pounds and he said could not finish a whole one. This summer when I see my nephews, Jack and Liam, they will be given a fair warning about the player development here. If youre a young player and your simply just shooting around in the backyard to better your game an eating candy just remember that there are monsters being developed overseas, so step your game up!



Estonian EMKL round 27 best performance: Tanel Kurbas - by Eurobasket News
International forward Tanel Kurbas (197-F-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked TU/Rock, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 22-year old player was the main contributor (27 points, two rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Parnu (#8, 7-21) with 33-point margin 99-66. It allowed TU/Rock to consolidate first place in the Estonian EMKL. TU/Rock has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 25-2. In the team's last game Kurbas had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Tanel Kurbas averages this season 8.3ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Anthony Brown (203-F-86) of Valga/CKE Inkasso. Brown had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Valga/CKE lost that game 62-87 to the higher-ranked Kalev/Cramo (#2, 25-3). This loss caused Valga/CKE to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-16 record. Brown is a newcomer at Valga/CKE, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.7ppg (#4). He also registered 11.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Andrew Arnold (208-C-86) of TTU/Kalev II Tallinn (#7). Arnold scored 26 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Arnold's great performance TTU/Kalev II lost 78-86 to slightly lower-ranked Parnu (#8, 7-21). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of TTU/Kalev II not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 18 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Arnold could try to bring TTU/Kalev II's a little bit higher in the standings. Arnold has individually a great season in Estonia. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.1ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 10.9rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Reimo Tamm (185-G-84) of Kalev/Cramo - 12 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Rain Veideman (192-G-91) of TU/Rock - 11 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Timo Eichfuss (200-F-88) of TU/Rock - 17 points and 9 rebounds
7. Toomas Raadik (198-F-90) of Parnu - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Madis Saarmets (201-C-90) of TTU/Kalev II - 13 points and 10 rebounds
9. Bambale Osby (203-F-86) of TTU/Kalev - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Elgar Tamsalu (182-G-87) of Parnu - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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


EMKL Round 27: BC Rakvere loses to TTU/Kalev II in the biggest upset of the week - by Eurobasket News
The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season.

The most shocking disappointment of round 27 was a home defeat of 4th placed BC Rakvere (13-13) to seventh ranked TTU/Kalev II (9-18) 63-59. BC Rakvere was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. It was a great evening for American center Andrew Arnold (208-C-86, college: Lewis-Clark) who led his team to a victory scoring 4 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Madis Saarmets (201-90) helped adding 11 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Matthew Hall (191-86, college: Stonehill) with 15 points and 7 rebounds. TTU/Kalev II maintains seventh place with 9-18 record. BC Rakvere at the other side keeps the fourth position with 13 games lost. TTU/Kalev II are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Voru KK (#9) on the road in the next round. BC Rakvere will play against Valga/CKE (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
EMKL top team - TU/Rock (25-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Rapla (10-15) in Tartu 96-67. It was a quality performance for forward Timo Eichfuss (200-88) who led the winners and scored 17 points and 9 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Sten-Timmu Sokk accounted for 14 points and 6 assists. Swingman Heigo Erm (190-80) came up with 23 points and 7 rebounds for Rapla in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. TU/Rock have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 25-2 record. Newly promoted Rapla dropped to the fifth position with 15 games lost. TU/Rock will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rapla will play at home against TTU/Kalev (#3) in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
EMKL top team - TU/Rock (25-2) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed eighth ranked KK Parnu (7-21) in Tartu 99-66. The best player for the winners was Tanel Kurbas who scored 27 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Martin Paasoja who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for TU/Rock. Defending champion maintains first place with 25-2 record. Loser KK Parnu keeps the eighth position with 21 games lost. TU/Rock will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. KK Parnu will play against Voru KK (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Parnu was also worth to mention about. 7th ranked TTU/Kalev II (9-18) played at the court of eighth ranked KK Parnu (7-21). KK Parnu managed to secure a 8-point victory 86-78. It was a good game for Toomas Raadik who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 8 rebounds. KK Parnu maintains eighth place with 7-21 record. TTU/Kalev II at the other side keeps the seventh position with 18 games lost. KK Parnu's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Voru KK (#9) at home.
The game in Valga was also quite interesting. Third ranked TTU/Kalev (19-5) played at the court of 5th ranked Valga/CKE (10-16). TTU/Kalev defeated Valga/CKE 89-79 on Wednesday. It was a great evening for Illimar Pilk who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 7 rebounds. TTU/Kalev's coach Ullar Kerde used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for TTU/Kalev. They maintain third place with 19-5 record having nine points less than leader TU/Rock. Valga/CKE lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the sixth position with 16 games lost. TTU/Kalev will face Rapla (#5) on the road in the next round. Valga/CKE will play against BC Rakvere and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 27 Valga/CKE was destroyed by Kalev/Cramo on the opponent's court 87-62.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 23 points and 15 rebounds by Anthony Brown of Valga/CKE.


TU/Rock - Rapla 96-67

EMKL top team - TU/Rock (25-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed sixth ranked Rapla (10-15) in Tartu 96-67. The game without a history. TU/Rock led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 25-of-32 charity shots (78.1 percent) during the game. Rapla was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a quality performance for forward Timo Eichfuss (200-88) who led the winners and scored 17 points and 9 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Naturalized Greek guard Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-89) accounted for 14 points and 6 assists for the winning side. Five TU/Rock players scored in double figures. Swingman Heigo Erm (190-80) came up with 23 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Raido Ringmets (204-83) added 10 points and 13 rebounds respectively for Rapla in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. TU/Rock have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 25-2 record. Newly promoted Rapla dropped to the fifth position with 15 games lost. TU/Rock will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rapla will play at home against TTU/Kalev (#3) in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rapla: H.Erm 23+7reb, S.Kaldre 11+5reb+4ast, R.Ringmets 10+13reb+3ast, R.Laane 9+1reb+1ast, I.Kajupank 8+2reb, A.Antson 4+2reb
TU/Rock: T.Eichfuss 17+9reb, A.Paade 14+6reb+1ast, S.Sokk 14+3reb+6ast, T.Kurbas 13+3reb, S.Leppik 12+2reb+2ast, R.Raadik 8+6reb
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Rakvere - TTU/Kalev II 59-63

The most shocking disappointment of round 27 was a home defeat of 4th placed BC Rakvere (13-13) to seventh ranked TTU/Kalev II (9-18) 63-59. BC Rakvere was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. It was a great evening for American center Andrew Arnold (208-86, college: Lewis-Clark) who led his team to a victory scoring 4 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Madis Saarmets (201-90) helped adding 11 points and 8 rebounds. Four TTU/Kalev II players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Matthew Hall (191-86, college: Stonehill) with 15 points and 7 rebounds and Latvian guard Raimonds Vaikulis (191-80) scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. TTU/Kalev II maintains seventh place with 9-18 record. BC Rakvere at the other side keeps the fourth position with 13 games lost. TTU/Kalev II are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Voru KK (#9) on the road in the next round. BC Rakvere will play against Valga/CKE (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rakvere: M.Hall 15+7reb+2ast, J.Vahter 12+9reb, R.Vaikulis 12+6reb+5ast, B.McGee 7+3reb, M.Dorbek 5+1reb+1ast, V.Viljar 5+3reb
TTU/Kalev II: M.Kurg 14+2reb+1ast, K.Akenparg 11+5reb+1ast, M.Saarmets 11+8reb, K.Keres 10+3reb, M.Paiste 6+3reb+3ast, S.Raudla 4+7reb+1ast
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Parnu - TTU/Kalev II 86-78

The game in Parnu was also worth to mention about. 7th ranked TTU/Kalev II (9-18) played at the court of eighth ranked KK Parnu (7-21). KK Parnu managed to secure a 8-point victory 86-78. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But TTU/Kalev II won third quarter 21-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when KK Parnu won last quarter 26-20. It was a good game for forward Toomas Raadik (198-90) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Elgar Tamsalu (182-87) contributed with 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four KK Parnu players scored in double figures. American center Andrew Arnold (208-86, college: Lewis-Clark) answered with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks and center Madis Saarmets (201-90) added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for TTU/Kalev II. KK Parnu maintains eighth place with 7-21 record. TTU/Kalev II at the other side keeps the seventh position with 18 games lost. KK Parnu's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Voru KK (#9) at home.
Top scorers:
TTU/Kalev II: A.Arnold 26+11reb+1ast, M.Paiste 15+4reb+1ast, M.Saarmets 13+10reb, K.Keres 9+1reb+1ast, K.Akenparg 7+1reb+6ast, I.Tulit 5+2reb+1ast
Parnu: E.Tamsalu 23+6reb+2ast, T.Raadik 23+8reb+2ast, R.Raap 15+6reb+3ast, R.Karner 13+1reb+2ast, T.Hamarsalu 6+5reb+2ast, M.Paasoja 6+7reb
gschID: 119580


TU/Rock - Parnu 99-66

EMKL top team - TU/Rock (25-2) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed eighth ranked KK Parnu (7-21) in Tartu 99-66. The game without a history. TU/Rock led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 2 passes made by KK Parnu's players. The best player for the winners was international forward Tanel Kurbas (197-88) who scored 27 points and 5 assists. International guard Rain Veideman (192-91) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Four TU/Rock players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Martin Paasoja (189-93) who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and forward Toomas Raadik (198-90) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for TU/Rock. Defending champion maintains first place with 25-2 record. Loser KK Parnu keeps the eighth position with 21 games lost. TU/Rock will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. KK Parnu will play against Voru KK (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Parnu: T.Raadik 15+8reb, M.Paasoja 12+11reb+2ast, E.Tamsalu 11+5reb, K.Voolaid 8+7reb, T.Hamarsalu 8+7reb, R.Karner 8+3reb
TU/Rock: T.Kurbas 27+2reb+5ast, R.Raadik 14+9reb+1ast, A.Paade 11+7reb+3ast, R.Veideman 11+10reb+8ast, M.Doronin 8+4reb, S.Leppik 8+4reb+3ast
gschID: 119581


Kalev/Cramo - Valga/CKE 87-62

Rather expected game in Tallinn where 5th ranked Valga/CKE (10-16) was crushed by second ranked Kalev/Cramo (25-3) 87-62 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Kalev/Cramo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Kalev/Cramo forced 22 Valga/CKE turnovers. It was a great evening for international guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 assists. The former international guard Marko Riis (188-85) helped adding 17 points. Five Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Anthony Brown (203-86, college: Oklahoma St.) with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds and guard Timo Oja (182-87) scored 11 points and 4 assists. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Kalev/Cramo. They maintain second place with 25-3 record having just -1 point less than leader TU/Rock. Valga/CKE lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the sixth position with 16 games lost. Kalev/Cramo will face Rapla (#5) at home in the next round. Valga/CKE will play against BC Rakvere and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Valga/CKE: A.Brown 23+15reb+2ast, A.Tagamets 12+3reb, T.Oja 11+3reb+4ast, D.Winston 7+1ast, R.Rebane 5+1reb, J.Jurisaar 2
Kalev/Cramo: M.Riis 17+4reb+1ast, K.Saks 12+4reb, J.Toome 12+6reb+2ast, R.Tamm 12+3reb+10ast, K.Kitsing 11+3reb, G.Arbet 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 119582


Valga/CKE - TTU/Kalev 79-89

The game in Valga was also quite interesting. Third ranked TTU/Kalev (19-5) played at the court of 5th ranked Valga/CKE (10-16). TTU/Kalev defeated Valga/CKE 89-79 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 33-8 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. TTU/Kalev looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Valga/CKE's players. Valga/CKE was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 7 rebounds. American-DR Congolese forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland) helped adding 13 points and 10 rebounds. 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 used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was guard Timo Oja (182-87) with 19 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Anthony Brown (203-86, college: Oklahoma St.) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for TTU/Kalev. They maintain third place with 19-5 record having nine points less than leader TU/Rock. Valga/CKE lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the sixth position with 16 games lost. TTU/Kalev will face Rapla (#5) on the road in the next round. Valga/CKE will play against BC Rakvere and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Valga/CKE: T.Oja 19+6reb+1ast, A.Brown 16+5reb+1ast, A.Tagamets 10+8reb+2ast, A.Vasar 9+1reb, R.Rebane 7+4reb, D.Winston 7+1ast
TTU/Kalev: I.Pilk 21+7reb+2ast, C.Archibald 16+4reb+2ast, B.Osby 13+10reb+2ast, A.Parn 12+3reb+3ast, M.Klementsov 10+2reb+4ast, R.Roos 8
gschID: 119577




Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. Kalev/Cramo 26-3 
 2. TU/Rock 25-2 
 3. TTU/Kalev 19-5 
 4. Rakvere 13-13 
 5. Valga/CKE 10-16 
 6. Rapla 10-16 
 7. TTU/Kalev II 9-18 
 8. Parnu 7-21 
 9. Voru KK 1-26 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Penafiel
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Thornton, Voru KK18.7 
 2. Saage, Rakvere18.1 
 3. Erm, Rapla17.5 
 4. Brown, Va.16.7 
 5. Raap, Parnu16.6 
 6. Raadik, Parnu16.5 
 7. Arnold, TT.15.1 
 8. Pilk, TT.14.8 
 9. Osby, TT.14.8 
 10. Kuuba, Voru KK14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Penafiel
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Thornton, Voru KK12.2 
 2. Brown, Va.11.5 
 3. Arnold, TT.10.9 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla9.8 
 5. Kuuba, Voru KK9.1 
 6. Osby, TT.8.9 
 7. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.1 
 8. Pokla, Rakvere7.4 
 9. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.7.1 
 10. Raadik, Parnu6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Valmo KRIISA
  TTU/Kalev
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Kriisa, TT.3.6 
 2. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.5 
 3. Sokk, TU/Rock3.5 
 4. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo3.1 
 5. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock2.9 
 6. Oja, Va.2.9 
 7. Pokla, Rakvere2.7 
 8. Archibald, TT.2.6 
 9. Ringmets, Rapla2.5 
 10. Karner, Parnu2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Armands SKELE
  Kalev/Cramo
  (192-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Skele, Kalev/Cramo2.8 
 2. Leppik, TU/Rock2.3 
 3. Saage, Rakvere2.2 
 4. Karner, Parnu2.2 
 5. Laane, Rapla2.2 
 6. Raap, Parnu2.2 
 7. Doronin, TU/Rock2.0 
 8. Veideman, TU/Rock1.9 
 9. Pilk, TT.1.8 
 10. Dorbek, Rakvere1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock1.8 
 2. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.3 
 3. Osby, TT.1.3 
 4. Raadik, Parnu1.1 
 5. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.8 
 6. Talts, TU/Rock0.8 
 7. Brown, Va.0.8 
 8. Arnold, TT.0.8 
 9. Ringmets, Rapla0.7 
 10. Saarmets, TTU/K.0.7 


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Efes loans Raduljica to Alba and released Wisniewski - by Filippo Passerini
After the amazing elimination from the Eurolague top 16 by MPS, Efes Pilsen decided to lend Miroslav Raduljica to Alba Berlin. The serbian center, 22 yers old, arrived in istanbul after a great season with FMP Beograd,which gave to him a ticket for NBA. At the start of the season the center hurt himself seriously and he couldn't play for 4 months of more. At his return he didn't played a lot and the team decided to let leave him after 4 Eurolague games. Wisniwski played bad and the team after the elimination decided to break the contract. The amercan guard scored 4.5 points in eurolague and 4.1 in TBL.

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  FINLAND   


Jeremiah Wood claims Finnish Korisliiga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) had an amazing evening in the last round for Karhu Kauhajoki and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 38.
The 25-year old forward had a double-double of 28 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team lost the game against Kataja (#3, 26-12) 77-99. Karhu maintains the 7th position in Finnish Korisliiga. Karhu is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 20th lost game this season out of 37 games. It's Wood's second year at Karhu and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Wood has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 20.6ppg), assists (4th best: 4.1apg) and averages solid 2.1spg and 68.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American guard Ryan Ayers (201-G-86) of Namika Lahti. Ayers impressed basketball fans with 33 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Namika Lahti cruised to a 94-82 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Honka (#5, 22-14). Namika Lahti's 9th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 14-23 record. Ayers is a newcomer at Namika Lahti and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American B.A. Walker (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) of Kouvot Kouvola (#6). Walker got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for seven assists. Despite Walker's great performance Kouvot lost 88-92 to slightly higher-ranked Korihait (#4, 25-13). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Kouvot needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 19 victories and 19 lost games. Walker has a great season in Finland. After 38 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.6ppg (6th best). He also has FGP: 55.4% and 3PT: 43.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. John Williamson (198-C-86) of Honka - 22 points and 12 rebounds
5. HL Coleman (202-F-74) of LrNMKY - 19 points and 10 rebounds
6. Nigel Moore (195-F/G-81) of Korihait - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Damon Williams (201-F-73) of Pyrinto - 11 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Sami Lehtoranta (205-C/F-79) of Kataja - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Sefton Barrett (196-F-83) of KTP - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jerald Fields (201-F-82) of KTP - 16 points and 7 rebounds

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


Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Pyrinto 32-7 
 2. KTP 28-10 
 3. Kataja 27-12 
 4. Korihait 25-13 
 5. Honka 22-15 
 6. Kouvot 19-19 
 7. Karhu 17-20 
 8. ToPo 17-21 
 9. Namika Lahti 14-23 
 10. Salon Vilpas 13-26 
 11. LrNMKY 9-29 
 12. Tarmo 5-33 


Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. FoKoPo 17-4 
 2. Jyvaskyla 16-5 
 3. LoKoKo 14-6 
 4. Lapua 13-8 
 5. BC Nokia 11-10 
 6. Huima 11-10 
 7. Honka 10-11 
 8. SayRi 9-11 
 9. Ura Basket 9-12 
 10. TomPo II 8-13 
 11. Kerava ET 7-14 
 12. Namika II 0-21 


KORISLIIGA: Seven players in double digits - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 39: Only two contests tonight. Kataja, Joensuu (27-12) had seven players in double digits, when visiting Salo and crushing Vilpas 78-102. Kataja was better also in rebounds (28-45). Antti Kanervo (193-G/F-89) led the visitors with 20 pts. Petri Virtanen (183-G-80) added 17 pts. Virtanen gave also six assists and has now given more assists than anyone else in Finland. 1234 assists means 3,47 a/game as an average. Roope Ahonen (187-G-90) scored 21 pts for Vilpas. KTP, Kotka (28-10) defeated Honka (Espoo) 81-73. Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) netted 22 pts for the hosts. John Williamson (198-C-86, college: Cincinnati) led Honka with 20 pts.
Vilpas - Kataja 78-102 (42-50). (Roope Ahonen 21, Nick Okorie 17, Nicchaeus Doaks 10/15 - Antti Kanervo 20, Petri Virtanen 17/6a, Sami Lehtoranta 16).
KTP - Honka 81-73 (42-31). (Jeb Ivey 22, Sefton Barrett 20, Mikael Holme 11 - John Williamson 20, Jukka Matinen 17, Corey Belser 15/16).




KORISLIIGA: Wood The Player of February - by Rauno Hurmalainen
American Forward-Center Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) (Karhu, Kauhajoki) has been named The Player of February. Wood, playing his third season in Finland, was seven times on Karhu roster last month, Team won four games and Wood averaged 25,6 ppg - 10,9 rpg - 5,1 apg - 2,3 spg. Wood has played 37 games this season, averaging 20,6 ppg, 13,1 rpg and 4,1 apg. Wood is the leading rebounder in Top League (Korisliiga).

1st Division Round 21: Loimaan Korikonkarit edges Aanekosken Huima by two points - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 21 in the 1st Division took place in Aanekoski. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 6th ranked Aanekosken Huima (11-10) to third ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (14-6) 96-94 on Wednesday evening. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-94. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Loimaan Korikonkarit made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American power forward J'son Stamper (200-F/C-85, agency: JEMsports, college: Minnesota) who scored 31 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks. His fellow American import guard Maurice Horton (183-84, college: Mount Olive) chipped in 17 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Loimaan Korikonkarit's coach Greg Gibson used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Bahamas forward Jamal Douglas (201-85, college: E.Kentucky) who recorded a double-double by scoring 31 points and 18 rebounds. Loimaan Korikonkarit have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain third place with 14-6 record having four points less than leader FoKoPo. Aanekosken Huima at the other side dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. They share it with BC Nokia. Loimaan Korikonkarit are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Lahden NMKY (#12) in Lahti in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aanekosken Huima will play on the road against Torpan Pojat (#10) in Helsinki and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Leader Forssan Koripojat delivered the seventeenth victory. This time they beat 8th ranked Saynatsalon Riento (9-11) 84-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Saynatsalon Riento. It was a good game for Canadian center Jeremy McCulloch (212-82, college: E.Washington) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Tuomas Viertola contributed with 15 points and 5 assists for the winners. American center Eryk Thomas (200-85, college: E.Tenn.St.) answered with 23 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for Saynatsalon Riento. Forssan Koripojat maintains first place with 17-4 record. Newly promoted Saynatsalon Riento keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Forssan Koripojat will play against Kerava Energia Team (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Saynatsalon Riento will play against Tapiolan Honka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Lahden NMKY (0-21) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 86-54 loss to second ranked BC Jyvaskyla (16-5) in Lahti on Wednesday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Tracy Robinson stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. BC Jyvaskyla's coach Jari Laine felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Alexi Alanen with 22 points and 5 rebounds. The victory was the third consecutive win for BC Jyvaskyla. They maintain second place with 16-5 record behind leader FoKoPo. Lahden NMKY lost their twentieth first game in a row. They still closes the standings. BC Jyvaskyla will meet at home Ura Basket (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lahden NMKY will play against Loimaan Korikonkarit and hopes to get finally their first victory.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Tapiolan, where 7th ranked Tapiolan Honka (10-11) lost at home to tenth ranked Torpan Pojat (8-13) 65-70. Mikael Sandberg nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Tapiolan Honka's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Torpan Pojat maintains tenth place with 8-13 record. Tapiolan Honka lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 11 games lost. Torpan Pojat's next round opponent will be higher ranked Aanekosken Huima (#6) in Aanekoski and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
An interesting game took place in Kaarina, where higher ranked BC Nokia (11-10) lost to ninth ranked Ura Basket (9-12) in a road game 64-76 on Wednesday. The best player for the winners was Carlton Brown who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds. Ura Basket maintains ninth place with 9-12 record. Loser BC Nokia keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Ura Basket will face league's second-placed BC Jyvaskyla on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BC Nokia will play against Lapuan Korikobrat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 21 Kerava ET was crushed by Lapua in a road game 109-79.
The best stats of 21th round was 32 points and 17 rebounds by Derick Nelson of Lapua.


FoKoPo - SayRi 84-78

Leader Forssan Koripojat delivered the seventeenth victory. This time they beat 8th ranked Saynatsalon Riento (9-11) 84-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Saynatsalon Riento. Saynatsalon Riento was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 27-14 third quarter run of Forssan Koripojat. They outrebounded Saynatsalon Riento 38-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for Canadian center Jeremy McCulloch (212-82, college: E.Washington) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Tuomas Viertola (197-90) contributed with 15 points and 5 assists for the winners. American center Eryk Thomas (200-85, college: E.Tenn.St.) answered with 23 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and the other American import forward De Marcus Hall (201-85, college: CSU Bakersfield) added 18 points in the effort for Saynatsalon Riento. Five Forssan Koripojat and four Saynatsalon Riento players scored in double figures. Forssan Koripojat maintains first place with 17-4 record. Newly promoted Saynatsalon Riento keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Forssan Koripojat will play against Kerava Energia Team (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Saynatsalon Riento will play against Tapiolan Honka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
FoKoPo: J.McCulloch 16+10reb+1ast, T.Viertola 15+4reb+5ast, H.Rannula 14+3reb+4ast, K.Brace 14+9reb, S.Ikavalko 10+5reb+1ast, A.Foreman 10+3reb+1ast
SayRi: E.Thomas 23+6reb+5ast, D.Marcus Hall 18+4reb+1ast, E.Pasanen 11+7reb+2ast, T.Viitamaki 11+6reb+2ast, E.Nieminen 9+2reb, K.Naukkarinen 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 106856


Honka - TomPo II 65-70

We should mention about the upset which took place in Tapiolan, where 7th ranked Tapiolan Honka (10-11) lost at home to tenth ranked Torpan Pojat (8-13) 65-70. Tapiolan Honka was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 22-13 charge of Torpan Pojat, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Tapiolan Honka 40-27 including a 30-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Tapiolan Honka helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Center Mikael Sandberg (209-91) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and guard Oscar Lindqvist (188-90) accounted for 15 points and 6 rebounds. Four Torpan Pojat players scored in double figures. Power forward Harri Hohteri (200-77) came up with 14 points and forward Ilkka Sirola (196-86) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Tapiolan Honka in the defeat. Tapiolan Honka's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Torpan Pojat maintains tenth place with 8-13 record. Tapiolan Honka lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 11 games lost. Torpan Pojat's next round opponent will be higher ranked Aanekosken Huima (#6) in Aanekoski and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
TomPo II: M.Sandberg 18+11reb, O.Lindqvist 15+6reb+2ast, J.Airas 12+5reb, V.Chepurnoy 10+5reb+1ast, K.Rinaldo 6+3reb, V.Nummelin 4+3reb
Honka: H.Hohteri 14+3reb+1ast, I.Sirola 10+5reb+1ast, J.Helenius 9+1reb, J.Viita 9+1reb, P.Vertio 7+6reb+1ast, O.Holst 6+7reb
gschID: 106857


Huima - LoKoKo 94-96

The most exciting game of round 21 in the 1st Division took place in Aanekoski. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 6th ranked Aanekosken Huima (11-10) to third ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (14-6) 96-94 on Wednesday evening. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-94. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Loimaan Korikonkarit made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American power forward J'son Stamper (200-85, college: Minnesota, agency: JEMsports) who scored 31 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks. His fellow American import guard Maurice Horton (183-84, college: Mount Olive) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Loimaan Korikonkarit players scored in double figures. Loimaan Korikonkarit's coach Greg Gibson used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Bahamas forward Jamal Douglas (201-85, college: E.Kentucky) who recorded a double-double by scoring 31 points and 18 rebounds and American guard Treylon Manning (178, college: Texas Coll.) added 36 points (!!!) and 6 assists respectively. Loimaan Korikonkarit have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain third place with 14-6 record having four points less than leader FoKoPo. Aanekosken Huima at the other side dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. They share it with BC Nokia. Loimaan Korikonkarit are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Lahden NMKY (#12) in Lahti in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aanekosken Huima will play on the road against Torpan Pojat (#10) in Helsinki and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
LoKoKo: J.Stamper 31+9reb+2ast, C.Toney 19+6reb+2ast, M.Horton 17+10reb+7ast, E.Aaltonen 10+3reb, J.Kivinen 9+1reb+2ast, J.Kinnunen 8+2reb+1ast
Huima: T.Manning 36+3reb+6ast, J.Douglas 31+18reb+2ast, L.Roberson 11+10reb+2ast, T.Ovaskainen 7+2reb, J.Kaihlamaki 4+1reb, M.Santa 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 106858


Namika II - Jyvaskyla 54-86

Bottom-ranked Lahden NMKY (0-21) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 86-54 loss to second ranked BC Jyvaskyla (16-5) in Lahti on Wednesday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. The game without a history. BC Jyvaskyla 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 Lahden NMKY's 20. They outrebounded Lahden NMKY 38-24 including 27 on the defensive glass. American forward Tracy Robinson (201-86, college: Loyola (IL)) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and forward Jarno Nissinen (194-77) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four BC Jyvaskyla players scored in double figures. BC Jyvaskyla's coach Jari Laine felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was guard Alexi Alanen (194-91) with 22 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Jimi Koskinen (194-88) scored 12 points and 9 rebounds. The victory was the third consecutive win for BC Jyvaskyla. They maintain second place with 16-5 record behind leader FoKoPo. Lahden NMKY lost their twentieth first game in a row. They still closes the standings. BC Jyvaskyla will meet at home Ura Basket (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lahden NMKY will play against Loimaan Korikonkarit and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Jyvaskyla: J.Nissinen 18+5reb+1ast, T.Robinson 15+10reb, T.Ahila 15+4reb+5ast, R.Ojanen 13+4reb+2ast, O.Anttolainen 8+4reb+1ast, T.Kuukkanen 5+4reb
Namika II: A.Alanen 22+5reb+2ast, J.Koskinen 12+9reb+1ast, V.Heinonen 9+3reb+2ast, S.Booker 6+3reb+1ast, S.Oja 5+4reb+2ast, J.Pulkkanen 0+1ast
gschID: 106859


Ura Basket - BC Nokia 76-64

An interesting game took place in Kaarina, where higher ranked BC Nokia (11-10) lost to ninth ranked Ura Basket (9-12) in a road game 64-76 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Ura Basket. BC Nokia was better in fourth quarter 21-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ura Basket dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to BC Nokia's 40. The best player for the winners was American forward Carlton Brown (198-79, college: Texas A&M) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Zach Ramey (191-81, college: Benedictine) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Ramey is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the other side the best for losing team was Gambian forward Baboucarr Bojang (204-80, college: Illinois St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds and guard Sami Kajander (189-83) added 8 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Ura Basket maintains ninth place with 9-12 record. Loser BC Nokia keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Ura Basket will face league's second-placed BC Jyvaskyla on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BC Nokia will play against Lapuan Korikobrat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ura Basket: N.Lehtila 19+2reb+1ast, C.Brown 16+17reb, Z.Ramey 14+6reb+8ast, T.Huolila 8+4reb, J.Alanko 7+2reb+1ast, S.Salminen 6+4reb
BC Nokia: B.Bojang 29+12reb, T.Kankaanpaa 13+4reb, S.Kajander 8+11reb+1ast, H.Jokinen 6+4reb+1ast, J.Koskinen 4+1ast, V.Virtanen 3+2reb
gschID: 106860


Lapua - Kerava ET 109-79

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Kerava Energia Team (7-14) was crushed on the road by fourth ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (13-8) 109-79 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 109-79. Lapuan Korikobrat dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to Kerava Energia Team's 52. Lapuan Korikobrat forced 22 Kerava Energia Team turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward Derick Nelson (196-86, college: Oakland, agency: ACMT) who had a double-double by scoring 32 points and 17 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Benny Valentine (170-87, college: E.Washington) chipped in 35 points (!!!) and 4 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Justice Graham (195-79, college: Glenville St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and guard Jarkko Aho (191-90) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Kerava Energia Team's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Lapuan Korikobrat maintains fourth place with 13-8 record. Loser Kerava Energia Team keeps the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Lapuan Korikobrat will face BC Nokia (#5) on the road in the next round. Kerava Energia Team will play against the league's leader Forssan Koripojat (#1).
Top scorers:
Lapua: B.Valentine 35+4reb+3ast, D.Nelson 32+17reb+2ast, V.Turja 13+5reb+3ast, J.Salo 11+4reb, J.Turja 9+3reb+3ast, T.Still 7+10reb+3ast
Kerava ET: J.Graham 21+11reb+3ast, J.Aho 14+9reb+1ast, S.Harjula 10+3reb+1ast, O.Korhonen 7+4reb+1ast, S.Beatovic 6+2reb+1ast, M.Tuunanen 5
gschID: 106855




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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Stojanovski number one in FYR Macedonia for round 1 (second stage) - by Eurobasket News
International guard Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Feni Indistrija, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1 (Second Stage).
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (33 points, six rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Lirija (#6, 7-12) 93-88. Feni Indistrija keeps a top position in the FYR Macedonian Superleague. They improved their record to 18-1. In the team's last game Stojanovski had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be Feni Indistrija's top player in his first season with the team.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old American John Chappell (208-C) of ABA Strumica. Chappell had a very good evening with a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. It was enough for ABA Strumica to edge MZT Skopje (15-4) 75-72. The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Chappell is well-known at ABA Strumica and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was Serbian Nemanja Jelesijevic (209-C/F-79, agency: World Sport Agency) of Torus Skopje (#4). Jelesijevic scored 20 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Torus Skopje, leading his team to a 89-87overtime win against #3 ranked Rabotnicki in a game of the week. Torus Skopje needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 8 lost games. Jelesijevic has a good season in FYR Macedonia so far. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.3ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 7.7rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gorge Jovanovic of Lirija - 16 points and 20 rebounds
5. Eftim Bogoev (185-G-80) of Rabotnicki - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Pero Blazevski (200-C-72) of Rabotnicki - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Toni Simic (210-C-76) of Rabotnicki - 20 points and 11 rebounds
8. Carlos Morban (187-G-82) of Lirija - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Boban Bilbija (208-F/C-83) of Ovce Pole - 19 points and 7 rebounds
10. Vladimir Filipovic (195-G-85) of Rabotnicki - 9 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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  GERMANY   


The Webmoebel Baskets Extend Contract With Head Coach Thomas Glasauer - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Webmobel baskets Paderborn have announced that head coach Thomas Glasauer will be on aboard until 2013 extending his contract.Glasauer came to Paderborn in November 2010 taking over after the team had sustained 7 loses in a row and carried the team out from the bottom of the standings with a record of 10-4. 'We are very happy that he has decided to keep working with us. It fits into our concept to think and plan for the future. We helped us get out of a very difficult situation and we are thankful for that', commented Webmoebel president Wolfgang Walter. 'I am happy that I can continue to work here for the next two years and help with the continued development', said Thomas Glasauer . Glasuaer started his coaching career as an assistant for DJK S.Oliver Wrzburg in 2001 where he stayed until 2005. He then was head coach for Oldenburger TB (Regionalliga) from 2005-2010. This season he started with Benslips Baskets Salzkotten (Regionalliga) before going to Paderborn.

Source: Webmoebel Baskets




Jimmy Mckinney (Deutsche Bank Skyliners) Every Player Has Been A Hero This Season - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) is a 26 year old 192cm guard from St Louis. He is a is a solid knock-down shooter, but also can score from penetration and with rim-rattling dunks. He played at Vashon High School winning the State tournament three times. He played at Missouri from 2002-2006 with well known players like Ricky Paulding, Travon Bryant and Jason Conley. In his senior year he played 28 games averaging 12.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.3apg, FG: 40.6%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 78.2%. He turned professional in 2006 and joined the Deutsche Bank Skyliners. In his rookie season, he played 30 games averaging 12.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 44.9%, 3FGP: 38.5%, FT: 77.2%. He is playing his fifth season in Frankfurt and spoke to eurobasket before the game against The Giessen 46ers March 5th.


Congrats on the superb 83-72 win against The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. Where does the team find this energy despite not having Pascal Roller and Dominik Bahiense de Mello?


We are showing a lot of character and very much mental toughness.



How would you describe this special character?



We just know how to deal with every situation. All guys are stepping up. If one guys goes down than there is another guy that steps up.


The Deutsche Bank Skyliners are playing a great season. Where would the team be if AJ Moye and Roger Powell had been here from the start? Would we have been able to beat Bamberg?


Of course we would be as good as Bamberg. I still think that we could beat them with the personal that we have now. If we had each guy healthy than we would be the team to beat.


How is this team different than the team Gordon Herbert got at the end of last season?


The teams are different. Last season, coach Herbert came at the end and he couldnt change much. I think that if he had had the same team last season from the start it would be as successful as this team. A lot of the success has to do with Gordon Herbert.

What do The Deutsche Bank Skyliners still have to do to beat The Brose Baskets Bamberg in a five game series?


We will have to be ready to play each game. The most important thing will have to be able to match their intensity.

What is the secret to the successful team defense of Frankfurt?



We play good team defense. We play with a lot of character and effort each game.


Would you agree that Kimmo Muurinen is the unsung hero of The Deutsche Bank Skyliners?



Yes I agree, but not only him, but every player has been a hero this season. The whole team is giving their all at different parts of the game.


You are playing your 5th season for Frankfurt. Why do you keep coming back?



I love playing for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. It is a great organization and we have always been successful except for my rookie season. It is always good to win.


Will Dashaun Wood surprise us even more as the season progresses?


Wood is playing the way he should. He is a great player who is hard to guard. It doesnt surprise me how he is playing and shouldnt surprise anyone else. He is simply that good.

It seems like you are penetrating more into the lane this season. Did Gordon Herbert give you motivating words or is it an increase of self confidence?


I am playing within myself. I am always trying other things and just trying to be aggressive. Coach Herbert also talks a lot to me giving me confidence.


You played three seasons together with Derrick Allen. What do you miss the most from him?


I miss the brotherhood. He is like a brother for me. I miss his presence very much, but the great friendship the most.



You played with George G-money Reese in your rookie season. What do you miss the most from him?


I miss his character and he is a very funny guy. He could really shoot the ball well.



What kind of game can we await on Saturday against The Giessen 46ers in the Hessen derby?


That will be a very interesting game which has a great rivalry. The game will be intense, the gym loud and packed.


How will you stop Michael Jordan?


Important is to keep him in front of you. Just make everything hard for him not letting him in the lane to get easy baskets or make passes.


What is your take on the Carmelo Anthony trade?



It was a great trade and nice for New York. It wont help them this season, but they could win a title in the future.



What was the last DVD movie that you saw?



American Street Ballers.

Thanks for the chat Jimmy.




Tristan Blackwood Goes To The GiroLive-Ballers Osnabrueck - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
With the PRO A season winding down two teams made a swap as Tim Burnette went to the S Oliver Baskets Wurzburg in exchange for Tristan Blackwood (183-G-85) who goes up north to the GiroLive-Ballers Osnabrck. Blackwood is a 25 year old 183cm guard from Eastern Commerce/Toronto, Ontario. He only had a short stay with the S Oliver Baskets Wurzburg as he was aquired in January 2011 and played 12 games averaging 12 minutes, 3,3ppg and 1,5apg. His best game was 15 points in 16 minutes against the ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen. He started his basketball career for Central Connecticut State College (NCAA) in 2003 and played there until 2008. In his senior year he played 30 games: 16.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 40.5%, 3Pts: 37.0%, FT: 86.4%. In 2008, he turned professional and played for Aris Friesland Leeuwarden (Holland-Eredivisie): 39 games: 11.3ppg, 2.3rpg, Assists-5 (4.3apg), 1.5spg, FGP: 54.7%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT-1 (88.2%). Last season, he played for DeFriesland Aris Leeuwarden (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five), Dutch League: 25 games: 14.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.0apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT-3 (42.9%), FT: 84.2%; in Feb.'10 moved to Eiffel Towers Den Bosch (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): Dutch League: 13 games: 9.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 32.3%, 3PT: 40.6%, FT: 92.9%; EuroChallenge: 2 games: 13.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 5.5apg, 1.0spg. Awards/Achievements in his career have been , Canadian U18 National Team -03, Global Games U18 in Dallas -03. High School Adidas All Canadian Game -04, Canadian Young National Team Camp -04, Dallas Global Games U21 -04, Canadian U21 National Team -04, 05, Tournament of the Americas U21 in Halifax -04, World Championships U21 in Argentina -05, NEC Regular Season Runner-Up -06, NEC Tournament Semifinals -06, NEC Regular Season Champion -07, NEC Tournament Winner -07, NEC All-Tournament Team -07, All-NEC 1st Team -07, 08, All-NEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year -07, Canadian University National Team -07, World University Championships in Bangkok -07, All-NEC Defensive Player of the Year -08, and Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Honorable Mention -10

Ballers Osnabrueck acquire Paul Johnson - by Moritz Korff
2. Bundesliga Pro A outfit Giro Live-Ballers Osnabrueck announced the acquisition of Paul Johnson (198-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Rider).
Johnson has over four years of experience in pro basketball under his belt, most of which he spent in Germany. From 2006 until 2009 the product of Rider University (NCAA1) competed for TSV Quakenbrueck and the Artland Dragons respectively, followed by a single season with TSV Breitenguessbach (Pro B). In 2008 Johnson captured the German Cup title with the Artland Dragons. He had 30 appearances for Breitenguessbach throughout this past season and scored 11.9 points a game for TSV. Most recently the Virginia Beach, VA native was a member of the Norfolk Tru Hope Trailblazers in the ACPBL.


Ulm lands PG prodigy Tommy Mason-Griffin - by Moritz Korff
ratiopharm Ulm (1. Bundesliga) has signed point guard prodigy Tommy Mason-Griffin (180-G, college: Oklahoma), handing the 20-year-old Houston, Texas native a contract for the remainder of this current season. Mason-Griffin turned pro in 2010 after only one year of college basketball. He had averaged 14.1 points and 5 assists per contest for the University of Oklahoma as a freshman and declared for the NBA draft. The 2009 Gatorade Texas High School Basketball Player of the Year and McDonald's All-American possesses outstanding quickness and explosiveness. He is a skilled creator and finisher. After remaining undrafted Mason-Griffin joined NBA D-League's Sioux Falls Skyforce. He appeared in five games this season, tallying 2.6 points and 1.8 assist per outing.


Ratiopharm Ulm add Daniel Fitzgerald and Tommy Mason-Griffin - by Eurobasket News
Ratiopharm Ulm strengthened their roster. They have agreed on terms of contract with Daniel Fitzgerald (206-F-84, college: Marquette) and Tommy Mason-Griffin (180-G, college: Oklahoma).
Daniel Fitzgerald was a free agent. The 26-year-old forward spent the previous season in Switzerland. Daniel Fitzgerald averaged 14.7 points, 3.5 boards, 1.5 steals and 1.4 assists per game for SAM Massagno. He left the team in April because of the injury. Daniel Fitzgerald has already played for Ulm in 2008/09 season. Then his stats read 7.9 points and 2.4 boards per appearance.
Tommy Mason-Griffin comes from D-League. The guard averaged 2.6 points, 2.2 boards and 1.8 assists per game for the Sioux Falls Skyforce this season. Tomny Mason-Griffin played for the University of Oklahoma in 2010. His stats read 14.1 points, 5.0 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game. Tommy Mason-Griffin made it into Big 12 All-Rookie Team.



John Bynum (TBB Trier) The HIghlight Of The Game Was The Block Of Maik Zirbes Against Tim Ohlbrecht - 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 79-74 win in Bonn.

You have played in the new Bonn arena now and what is your overall impression of the place and how would you stack it up against other places in the BEKO BBL that you have seen in your career?

The Bonn arena is one of the nicest one that I have played in and it was my first time playing there as well. it has a great atmosphere and it was a great experience.


TBB Trier had a 38-31 lead at halftime. How happy were you with the play of the team and what could the team been doing better in the first 20 minutes?

Well we had another big lead at the end of the first and we stop doing what was working and we let them back in the game but we still played good basketball in the first quarter and were able to sustain it for a good portion of the first half.

The Telekom Baskets Bonn kept fighting back and cut the lead to 74-72 with 58 seconds to play. What was key in the last 58 seconds for getting the win besides the Joyce and Stewart free throws?

Well Dru stepped up for us at the free throw line as well as Barry, and we Maik made the play of the game when he got a big time block and that really changed the game and got us the win.

In the Frankfurt-Artland Dragons game the most spectacular play was a Wood behind the back pass on the fast break and a Wood to Tez alley-op. What was the highlight play of the game in Bonn?


I would have to say the highlight of our game would have to be Maik Zirbes block toward the end of the game against Ohlbrecht and he went up for a dunk and Maik met him at the rim and the ball when out towards the 3 point line and Barry grabbed the ball.

Was the only knock in the game for TBB Trier the 33-18 rebound edge for Bonn?

Yes we really do pride ourself on rebounding but they did a great job on the boards and controlled them, but at the same time our defense was great and we were able to make them play more offensive and get stops when they were able to get second chances.

Dru Joyce had 14 points and 11 assists. Have we seen the best of Joyce or can he step it up in the last two months?


Dru is that type of player, he controls the game in so many ways and it doesnt always show up in his stats, but at the same time Dru can score and like I said he does so many little things for us and he is showing us as well as the leauge why he is such a great player.


Thanks John for the chat.


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.Bank SKY
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Wood, Dt.18.2 
 2. Allen, ALBA16.5 
 3. Benzing, ratio.16.4 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons16.0 
 5. Bell, Phoenix Hagen16.0 
 6. Ross, MBC15.8 
 7. Harris, EnBW L.15.4 
 8. Martin, Bremerha.15.4 
 9. Callahan, Bremerha.15.0 
 10. Dorris, Phoenix .15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm10.8 
 2. Ensminger, Teleko.8.4 
 3. Reiner, Bayreuth8.2 
 4. Watts, Walter T.7.7 
 5. Stevic, EWE B.7.2 
 6. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.2 
 7. Martin, Bremerha.7.1 
 8. Evtimov, MBC7.0 
 9. Peacock, LTi 46ers6.7 
 10. Pleiss, Brose B.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter Tigers
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Ratkovica, Walter T.7.8 
 2. Wood, Dt.5.7 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.3 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons4.9 
 5. Green, EnBW L.4.4 
 6. Jordan, MBC4.3 
 7. Campbell, EWE B.4.2 
 8. Goldsberry, Brose B.4.2 
 9. Gamqrelidze, LTi 4.1 
 10. Hamilton, NY Phant.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phantoms
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.2.0 
 2. Martin, Bremerha.1.7 
 3. Pryor, Phoenix .1.7 
 4. Burtschi, Phoenix .1.7 
 5. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.6 
 6. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.5 
 7. Wise, Telekom .1.4 
 8. Dorris, Phoenix .1.4 
 9. Wood, Dt.1.4 
 10. Oliver, Walter Tigers1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Bayreuth
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.1.9 
 3. Buechert, Phoenix .1.6 
 4. Bryant, ratiopharm1.5 
 5. Seward, Phoenix .1.2 
 6. Brempong, Duesseld.1.2 
 7. Goree, NY Phantoms1.2 
 8. Scott, Goettingen1.1 
 9. Denison, Bremerha.1.0 
 10. Hines, Brose B.1.0 


Tasheed Carr joins the Saar-Pfalz Braves - by Moritz Korff
Tasheed Carr (193-G-85, college: St.Joseph's) will bolster the roster of the Saar-Pfalz Braves (2. Bundesliga Pro A) for the remaining nine encounters of the 2010-2011 campaign. Carr is 25 years of age and hails from Philadelphia, Pa. Carr attended Iowa State and St. Joseph's during his NCAA career. Following his graduation from St. Joseph's in 2009 he took his game to Israel and China. Carr started his current season wearing the jersey of the Erie Bay Hawks. He saw action in 25 games of the NBA D-League, while collecting 5 points per contest.

Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel21.8 
 2. Shepherd, Osnab.20.2 
 3. Roessler, Karlsruhe18.7 
 4. Brooks, Kirchheim18.6 
 5. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau18.1 
 6. Watts, Dragons17.6 
 7. Gause, Freiburg17.5 
 8. Gray, Crailsheim17.1 
 9. Wallace, B.Mue.17.0 
 10. Harbut, Chemnitz16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Smallwood, Cuxha.10.9 
 2. Smallwood, Kirchheim9.6 
 3. Yearby, Cuxhaven9.5 
 4. Black, Karlsruhe8.9 
 5. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau8.6 
 6. Watts, Dragons8.5 
 7. Schoo, Heidelberg8.2 
 8. De Michael, Kirchheim8.0 
 9. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.7.6 
 10. Shaw, Chemnitz7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric BROOKS
  Kirchheim
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Brooks, Kirchheim5.9 
 2. Gray, Crailsheim5.9 
 3. Cook, Cuxhaven5.6 
 4. Zazai, Chemnitz5.5 
 5. Jeka, Wuerzburg5.0 
 6. Johnson, Webmoebel4.8 
 7. Burnette, Osnab.4.5 
 8. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.4 
 9. Larsen, Dragons4.3 
 10. Lowery, Braves4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel3.2 
 2. Gause, Freiburg2.9 
 3. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau2.3 
 4. Brooks, Kirchheim2.1 
 5. Johnson, Chemnitz2.1 
 6. Zazai, Chemnitz2.0 
 7. Burns, Webmoebel1.9 
 8. Gray, Crailsheim1.8 
 9. Scott, Kirchheim1.7 
 10. Mendez, Heidelberg1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Smallwood, Kirchheim2.3 
 2. Schoo, Heidelberg2.0 
 3. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.1.9 
 4. Williams, Karlsruhe1.8 
 5. Shaw, Cuxhaven1.5 
 6. Yearby, Cuxhaven1.4 
 7. De Michael, Kirchheim1.2 
 8. Hill, Jena1.2 
 9. Henry, Hannover1.2 
 10. Fleetwood, Osnab.1.1 


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  GREECE   


Filip Dedijer joins Kavala - by Eurobasket News
Kavala have decided to strengthen their frontcourt. They inked a deal with Filip Dedijer (206-C/F-88). The Serbian centre comes from Borac Cacak. The 22-year-old centre averaged 12.1 points, 6.3 boards and 1.4 steals per game in Serbian A League. Filip Dedijer also played for OKK Beograd during his career.


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  HUNGARY   


Best players of Hungarian A Division round 21 - by Eurobasket News
Nigerian Benson Egemonye (208-C-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for PVSK Pannonpower Pecs and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 27-year old center had a double-double of 16 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team beat Kormend (#4, 14-7) 88-76. PVSK Pannon maintains the 9th position in Hungarian A Division. PVSK Pannon is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-11 record. Egemonye turned to be PVSK Pannon's top player in his first season with the team. Niagara University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Egemonye is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 9.4rpg) and averages solid 1.2bpg and 61.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old Cameroonian forward Yves Mekongo (201-F-87) of FS Debrecen. Mekongo impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 28 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as FS Debrecen was edged in overtime by the higher-ranked Szedeak (#10, 8-13) 101-97. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. FS Debrecen keeps 13th position. 20 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory FS Debrecen managed to get this year. Mekongo is a newcomer at FS Debrecen and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. La Salle University alumni Mekongo played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was American Darian Townes (208-F/C-84) of Soproni (#8). Townes scored 29 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Townes' great performance Soproni lost 78-81in overtime to Falco-Szova (11-10). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Soproni needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 11 victories and 10 lost games. Townes has a great season in Hungary. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.1ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 11.7rpg (#1 in league). He also has 2.3spg, 2.1bpg and FGP: 62.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rashad Bell (201-F-82) of Kormend - 30 points and 8 rebounds
5. Jonathan Jones (211-C-79) of Albacomp - 25 points and 11 rebounds
6. Jara Doyne (193-G/F-84) of Falco-Szova - 39 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Marton Bader (212-C-80) of Szolnok - 20 points and 13 rebounds
8. Curtis Marshall (196-G/F-83) of Marso-Vagep - 24 points and 9 rebounds
9. Muhammad El-Amin (196-G/F-87) of PVSK Pannon - 29 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Kevin Langford (204-F/C-85) of FS Debrecen - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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  IRAN   


Riyadi surprise Mahram in Iran - by Eurobasket News
Mahram - Riyadi 90:94

Riyadi posted the opening win in WABA League semifinal series against Mahram. The Lebanese powerhouse stole a difficult road win in Iran yesterday. Nathanel Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) unloaded 24 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and made 6 assists to pace the winners. The teams now move to Beirut for what could be the decisive second game of the series.
Mahram showed their ambitions early in the encounter. They entered the game aggressively and capped the starting term with a 9:0 run to take a 28:17 lead. Mahram stretched the margin to 16 points in the second term 38:22. But Riyadi reacted with a stifling defense as they went on a 15:0 spurt to surge in front. The visitors took over from that point and rolled comfortably. Mahram never got any closer in the reminder of the contest as the Lebanese team celebrated a crucial road win at the end. Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) produced 23 points and 11 rebounds for Riyadi. Omar El Turk (188-G-81, college: Dawson Coll.) netted 16 points in the victory. Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) answered with 22 points and 14 boards for Mahram. Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara) produced 19 points in the loss.

Mahram: Chris Williams 22+14 boards, Marlon Garnett 19
Riyadi: Nathanel Johnson 24+10 boards, Loren Woods 23+11 boards, Omar El Turk 16



Superleague Round 16: Rah Tarabari loses to T.E.Kashan - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Qom between third ranked Rah Tarabari (11-5) and fifth ranked T.E.Kashan (11-5) on Tuesday night. Rah Tarabari was defeated by T.E.Kashan at home 49-62. T.E.Kashan have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Tarabari Qom. T.E.Kashan is looking forward to face Shahrdari Gorgan (#8) at home in the next round. Rah Tarabari will play against Caspian (#7) in Qazvin and is hoping to win this game.
The game between 10th ranked Shahrdari Gorgan (4-11) and fourth ranked Mahram (12-2) in Gorgan ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Tehran outscored Shahrdari Gorgan 100-60. Mahram have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Shahrdari Gorgan at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. They share it with M.H.Ahvaz. Mahram will play against B.A. Shiraz (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Shahrdari Gorgan will play against T.E.Kashan and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tehran: Azad (#6) and Pouya (#12). Pouya was smashed at home by 24 points 85-109 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Azad have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 8-7 record. Loser Pouya stay at the bottom place with 15 games lost. Azad will meet at home Shahrekord (#9) in the next round. Pouya will play against the league's second-placed Petrochimi in Bandar Imam.

In the last two games of round 16 Caspian beat M.H.Ahvaz on the road 85-77. Shahrekord lost to B.A. Shiraz on its own court 70-75.


M.H.Ahvaz - Caspian 77-85

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Caspian (6-10) beat on the road 9th ranked M.H.Ahvaz (4-11) 85-77 on Tuesday. Caspian maintains seventh position with 6-10 record. M.H.Ahvaz lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Gorgan. Caspian will meet at home higher ranked Rah Tarabari (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. M.H.Ahvaz will play against the league's leader Zob Ahan (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
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Shahrekord - B.A. Shiraz 70-75

Rather expected game when 11th ranked Shahrekord (4-12) lost at home to eighth ranked B.A. Shiraz (5-10) 75-70 on Tuesday. Despite that victory B.A. Shiraz went down to tenth position due to points difference. Loser Shahrekord dropped to the ninth place with 12 games lost. B.A. Shiraz will meet higher ranked Mahram (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Shahrekord will play against Azad (#6) in Tehran and hope to secure a win.
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Tarabari Qom - T.E.Kashan 49-62

The most important game in the last round took place in Qom between third ranked Rah Tarabari (11-5) and fifth ranked T.E.Kashan (11-5) on Tuesday night. Rah Tarabari was defeated by T.E.Kashan at home 49-62. T.E.Kashan have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Tarabari Qom. T.E.Kashan is looking forward to face Shahrdari Gorgan (#8) at home in the next round. Rah Tarabari will play against Caspian (#7) in Qazvin and is hoping to win this game.
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Gorgan - Mahram 60-100

The game between 10th ranked Shahrdari Gorgan (4-11) and fourth ranked Mahram (12-2) in Gorgan ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Tehran outscored Shahrdari Gorgan 100-60. Mahram have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Shahrdari Gorgan at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. They share it with M.H.Ahvaz. Mahram will play against B.A. Shiraz (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Shahrdari Gorgan will play against T.E.Kashan and hopes to get back on the winning track.
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Pouya - Azad 85-109

Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tehran: Azad (#6) and Pouya (#12). Pouya was smashed at home by 24 points 85-109 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Azad have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 8-7 record. Loser Pouya stay at the bottom place with 15 games lost. Azad will meet at home Shahrekord (#9) in the next round. Pouya will play against the league's second-placed Petrochimi in Bandar Imam.
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Sam Hoskin to play in Iran - by Eurobasket News
Sam Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) will continue his career in Iran. The 31-year-old power forward has agreed on terms of contact with Gorgan. Sam Hoskin started the season in Israel. The forward averaged 2.0 points and 1.8 rebounds per game for Bnei Hasharon. Sam Hoskin missed 2009/10 season because of the injury. Earlier the forward had stints in Russia, Greece, Croatia and China. Sam Hoksin made it into Eurobasket.com Russian A-Superleague All-Imports Team in 2006 as well as Adriatic League All-Imports Team in 2008.


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  IRELAND   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Clayton LONGMIRE
  Belfast Star
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 28.3
 1. Longmire, Belfast .28.3 
 2. Bonaparte, Neptune27.4 
 3. Van, UCC Demons23.8 
 4. Foley, Ulster Elks23.5 
 5. Turner, Killester23.3 
 6. Mitchell, UL Ea.22.9 
 7. De La Cruz, Ulster E.22.1 
 8. Crowder, UCD M.21.8 
 9. Ambler, Moycullen20.8 
 10. Crean, DCU Saints16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  UCC Demons
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Van, UCC Demons14.6 
 2. Mitchell, UL Ea.14.3 
 3. Ambler, Moycullen13.1 
 4. De La Cruz, Ulster E.12.4 
 5. Crean, DCU Saints11.0 
 6. Turner, Killester10.5 
 7. Provizors, DCU S.10.4 
 8. Crowder, UCD M.10.1 
 9. Bonaparte, Neptune9.8 
 10. Longmire, Belfast .9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UL Eagles
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Kinevane, UL Eagles7.7 
 2. Donnelly, DCU S.6.1 
 3. Meany, UCD Marian4.9 
 4. Drumm, Ulster Elks4.7 
 5. Noonan, Neptune4.2 
 6. Westbrooks, Killester3.6 
 7. Crowder, UCD M.3.3 
 8. Turner, Killester3.3 
 9. Clarke, Killester3.1 
 10. Foley, Ulster Elks3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick CREAN
  DCU Saints
  (193-F-)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Crean, DCU Saints3.5 
 2. McGinn, Neptune3.3 
 3. Noonan, Neptune2.8 
 4. Donnelly, DCU S.2.4 
 5. Turner, Killester2.4 
 6. Crowder, UCD M.2.2 
 7. Drumm, Ulster Elks2.1 
 8. Darling, DCU Saints2.1 
 9. Lacey, DCU Saints2.1 
 10. Dowd, Moycullen2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  UCC Demons
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Van, UCC Demons2.4 
 2. Baynes, UCD Marian2.3 
 3. Bonaparte, Neptune2.3 
 4. Trimmer, DCU S.2.0 
 5. Turner, Killester1.9 
 6. Longmire, Belfast .1.8 
 7. De La Cruz, Ulster E.1.8 
 8. Crowder, UCD M.0.9 
 9. Ambler, Moycullen0.9 
 10. Kamara, Neptune0.9 


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  ISRAEL   


Standings - National League
National League Standings
 1. Hapoel T-A 20-1 
 2. Maccabi HBK 14-6 
 3. Elitzur Yavne 12-8 
 4. Beer Yaakov 12-9 
 5. Megido/Yokneam 12-9 
 6. Hapoel Tivon 10-10 
 7. Ironi Ramat Gan 10-11 
 8. Elitzur Ramla 10-11 
 9. Hapoel Afula 9-12 
 10. Kohav Yair 8-13 
 11. Hod Hasharon 8-13 
 12. Lev Hasharon 8-13 
 13. Hapoel Beeri 7-14 
 14. Ironi Nahariya 5-15 


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Brian ASBURY
  Hapoel T-A
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Asbury, Hapoel T-A26.2 
 2. Moragne, Hapoel B.24.0 
 3. Hall, Beer Yaakov23.8 
 4. Miller, Megido/Y.22.9 
 5. Clemente, Megido.22.9 
 6. Delaney, Maccabi .22.1 
 7. Gomez, Beer Yaakov21.9 
 8. Timberlake, Elitzu.21.3 
 9. Young, Hod Hasharon21.2 
 10. Fisher, Ironi R.21.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Ironi Nahariya
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Johnson, Ironi N.12.6 
 2. Rosefelt, Ironi R.11.3 
 3. Brandy, Hod H.10.5 
 4. Clemente, Megido.10.0 
 5. Strong, Hapoel T.9.8 
 6. Ibrahim, Kohav Y.9.8 
 7. Moragne, Hapoel B.9.3 
 8. McFarlin, Lev H.9.0 
 9. Utter, Hapoel T-A9.0 
 10. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Yaron LAHAT
  Hapoel T-A
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Lahat, Hapoel T-A6.7 
 2. Farhi, Beer Yaakov6.5 
 3. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula6.2 
 4. Bet-Yosef, Beer Y.6.1 
 5. Dobie, Lev Hasharon5.7 
 6. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.5.4 
 7. Shifman, Hapoel Beeri5.0 
 8. Berkowitz, Elitzu.4.6 
 9. Skverer, Maccabi .4.6 
 10. Fisher, Ironi R.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Nate MILLER
  Megido/Yokneam
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Miller, Megido/Y.2.9 
 2. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula2.8 
 3. Bochman, Beer Y.2.8 
 4. Delaney, Maccabi .2.8 
 5. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.2.5 
 6. Markson, Hapoel A.2.2 
 7. Hofman, Elitzur .2.1 
 8. Shtarkman, Megido.2.0 
 9. Young, Hod Hasharon2.0 
 10. Stevens, Hapoel T.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Ben STRONG
  Hapoel Tivon
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Strong, Hapoel T.2.3 
 2. Rosefelt, Ironi R.2.1 
 3. Utter, Hapoel T-A2.0 
 4. Colwell, Ironi R.1.9 
 5. Aidan, Hapoel Beeri1.7 
 6. Hugee, Hapoel Afula1.7 
 7. Wade, Lev Hasharon1.5 
 8. Johnson, Ironi N.1.5 
 9. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne1.4 
 10. Clemente, Megido.1.3 


Israeli Premier League round 19 best performance: Shawn James - by Eurobasket News
American power forward Shawn James (208-F/C-83, agency: ZAG Advocates) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Bnei Hasharon, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds, while his team crushed Elitzur Netanya (#8, 6-13) with 22-point margin 88-66. Bnei Hasharon maintains the 3rd position in Israeli Premier League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Bnei Hasharon will need more victories to improve their 12-7 record. In the team's last game James had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Bnei Hasharon, through which he has constantly improved. Former Northeastern University star has very solid stats this year. James leads league in rebounds with 11.1rpg. James is in league's top in and averages impressive 3.2bpg and 65.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Courtney Fells (198-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports) of Galil Gilboa. Fells had a very good evening with 23 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Galil Gilboa cruised to a 82-70 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Maccabi Haifa (#9, 4-14). Galil Gilboa's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Fells is one of the most experienced players at Galil Gilboa and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was international forward Lior Eliyahu (207-F-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) of league's top team Maccabi T-A. Eliyahu scored 22 points and passed six assists. He was a key player of Maccabi T-A, leading his team to a 85-79 win against the lower-ranked Hapoel Holon (#6, 9-10). Many experts and fans count Maccabi T-A 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. Eliyahu has a very solid season. In 18 games in Israel he scored 13.8ppg. He also has 4.4rpg and FGP: 66.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sam Clancy (201-F-80) of Hapoel J-M - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jawad Williams (204-F-83) of Hapoel J-M - 23 points and 5 rebounds
6. Jason Rich (191-G-86) of Hapoel J-M - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Gal Mekel (195-G-88) of Galil Gilboa - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Rich Melzer (203-F-79) of Hapoel Holon - 21 points and 9 rebounds
9. Nizan Hanochi (194-G-86) of Maccabi Rishon - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Desmon Farmer (195-G-81) of Ironi Ashkelon - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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  ITALY   


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 James WHITE
  Dinamo Sassari
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. White, Dinamo Sassari20.7 
 2. Roberson, Enel B.16.9 
 3. Thomas, Air AV16.9 
 4. Ford, Fabi Shoes16.8 
 5. Zoroski, Banca T.15.8 
 6. Dean, Air AV15.7 
 7. Rowland, Vanoli CR15.3 
 8. Winston, CS Bo.15.2 
 9. Milic, Vanoli CR15.0 
 10. Kaukenas, Montepas.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes11.1 
 2. Jones, Pepsi C.8.5 
 3. Davis, Banca Tercas8.4 
 4. Homan, CS Bologna8.4 
 5. Troutman, Air AV8.3 
 6. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.0 
 7. Lang, Enel Brindisi7.8 
 8. Suton, Angelico BI7.2 
 9. Hunter, Dinamo S.7.1 
 10. Szewczyk, Air AV7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Air AV
  (170-G-82)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Green, Air AV6.9 
 2. Diener, Dinamo S.4.8 
 3. Sosa, Angelico BI4.3 
 4. Goss, Cimberio VA4.2 
 5. Collins, Scavolin.4.1 
 6. Rowland, Vanoli CR4.0 
 7. Zoroski, Banca T.3.9 
 8. Markovic, Benetton.3.7 
 9. Green, Bennet Cantu3.6 
 10. Dixon, Enel Brindisi3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Earl ROWLAND
  Vanoli CR
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.0 
 2. Green, Air AV2.7 
 3. Troutman, Air AV2.7 
 4. White, Dinamo Sassari2.7 
 5. Thomas, Air AV2.7 
 6. Dedovic, Lottomat.2.5 
 7. Di Bella, Pepsi C.2.5 
 8. McCalebb, Montepas.2.5 
 9. Hackett, Scavolin.2.5 
 10. Stonerook, Montepas.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes2.5 
 2. Toure, Enel Brindisi1.4 
 3. Crosariol, Lottomat.1.4 
 4. Hunter, Dinamo S.1.2 
 5. Smith, Benetton TV1.0 
 6. Lang, Enel Brindisi1.0 
 7. Polonara, Banca T.0.9 
 8. Cusin, Scavolini PS0.9 
 9. Szewczyk, Air AV0.9 
 10. Homan, CS Bologna0.9 


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Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi Brex
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 20
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi .20.0 
 2. Orimo, Hokkaido17.7 
 3. Lewis, Hokkaido16.4 
 4. Takeuchi, Aishin16.4 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin16.3 
 6. Forehan-K., Aishin15.1 
 7. O''Bannon, Toshiba15.1 
 8. Hale, Mitsubishi14.9 
 9. Kinoshita, Panasonic14.7 
 10. Smith, Hitachi S.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joji TAKEUCHI
  Hitachi S.
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.12.2 
 2. Takeuchi, Aishin11.5 
 3. Lewis, Hokkaido8.9 
 4. Gibbs, Toyota8.9 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin8.0 
 6. O''Bannon, Toshiba7.9 
 7. Custis, Panasonic7.4 
 8. Hale, Mitsubishi7.3 
 9. Ricci, Toyota7.1 
 10. Maraker, Hokkaido7.0 
Assists Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin
  (206-C-76)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin3.9 
 2. Kinoshita, Panasonic3.8 
 3. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.7 
 4. Kashiwakura, Hokka.3.6 
 5. Igarashi, Mitsubishi3.5 
 6. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.4 
 7. Sakurai, Hokkaido2.9 
 8. Yamada, Hokkaido2.9 
 9. Miyanga, Toshiba2.8 
 10. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Shinsuke KASHIWAGI
  Aishin
  (183-G-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.2 
 2. Lewis, Hokkaido1.5 
 3. Sakurai, Hokkaido1.4 
 4. Hirose, Panasonic1.4 
 5. Forehan-K., Aishin1.3 
 6. Custis, Panasonic1.2 
 7. Kinoshita, Panasonic1.1 
 8. Tabuse, Tochigi .1.1 
 9. Sakuragi, Aishin1.0 
 10. Igarashi, Mitsubishi1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kosuke TAKEUCHI
  Aishin
  (205-C/F-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Takeuchi, Aishin1.7 
 2. Ricci, Toyota1.4 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.1.2 
 4. Aono, Panasonic1.0 
 5. Lett, Mitsubishi0.9 
 6. Merritt, Tochigi Brex0.7 
 7. Forehan-K., Aishin0.6 
 8. Yamada, Hokkaido0.6 
 9. Gibbs, Toyota0.6 
 10. Gross, Aishin0.6 


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


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Standings - LBAL
LBL D2 Standings
 1. Jurmala 16-2 
 2. Ventspils Aug. 14-4 
 3. Ogre 13-4 
 4. Saldus 13-5 
 5. Gulbene 10-7 
 6. Zemgale/Jun. 9-9 
 7. BAA Riga 8-8 
 8. Daugava 8-11 
 9. Liepaja-2 7-10 
 10. Ridzene 3-15 
 11. Livani 2-13 
 12. VEF Kadeti 1-16 


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. Stimac, Ventspils15.0 
 5. Willjam, Barons14.9 
 6. Mednis, Turiba14.7 
 7. Mitchell, Liepaja14.6 
 8. Berzins, VEF R.14.5 
 9. Peiners, LU14.0 
 10. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arturas VALEIKA
  Caceres
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Valeika, Valmiera8.7 
 2. Mednis, Turiba8.5 
 3. Berzins, VEF R.8.1 
 4. Stimac, Ventspils7.7 
 5. Wilson, Zemgale7.2 
 6. Rozitis, Zemgale7.1 
 7. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.0 
 8. Selakovs, VEF R.6.3 
 9. Strelnieks, Ventspils5.9 
 10. Piternieks, LU5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja4.9 
 2. Willjam, Barons4.7 
 3. Bertans, VEF R.4.5 
 4. Gabrans, Valmiera4.1 
 5. Strelnieks, Ventspils3.8 
 6. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.7 
 7. Mitchell, Liepaja3.5 
 8. Gailitis, VEF R.3.5 
 9. Feldmanis, Barons3.4 
 10. Piternieks, LU3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja2.6 
 2. Jahovics, VEF R.2.1 
 3. Cavars, Barons1.9 
 4. Gailitis, VEF R.1.9 
 5. Mitchell, Liepaja1.9 
 6. Strelnieks, Ventspils1.7 
 7. Gabrans, Valmiera1.7 
 8. Slisans, LU1.6 
 9. Motivans, Turiba1.6 
 10. Berzins, VEF R.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Berzins, VEF R.2.4 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.9 
 3. Beard, Liepaja1.2 
 4. Mejeris, Liepaja1.1 
 5. Skirmants, Barons1.1 
 6. Meiers, Liepaja1.0 
 7. Blaus, Ventspils0.8 
 8. Kuzminskas, Ventspils0.8 
 9. Piternieks, LU0.8 
 10. Brunins, Zemgale0.7 


LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Ventspils 14-2 
 2. Liepaja 14-7 
 3. Barons 13-8 
 4. Valmiera 11-8 
 5. VEF Riga jrs 11-8 
 6. Zemgale 6-12 
 7. Turiba 5-16 
 8. LU 3-16 
Play in international cups:
 1. VEF Riga


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Standings - Division A
Div.A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 19-3 
 2. Champville 18-2 
 3. Sagesse 13-9 
 4. Moutahed 12-9 
 5. Anibal 10-12 
 6. Hoops 8-13 
 7. Byblos 6-16 
 8. Antranik 6-16 
 9. Chabab 2-14 


Riyadi surprise Mahram in Iran - by Eurobasket News
Mahram - Riyadi 90:94

Riyadi posted the opening win in WABA League semifinal series against Mahram. The Lebanese powerhouse stole a difficult road win in Iran yesterday. Nathanel Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) unloaded 24 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and made 6 assists to pace the winners. The teams now move to Beirut for what could be the decisive second game of the series.
Mahram showed their ambitions early in the encounter. They entered the game aggressively and capped the starting term with a 9:0 run to take a 28:17 lead. Mahram stretched the margin to 16 points in the second term 38:22. But Riyadi reacted with a stifling defense as they went on a 15:0 spurt to surge in front. The visitors took over from that point and rolled comfortably. Mahram never got any closer in the reminder of the contest as the Lebanese team celebrated a crucial road win at the end. Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) produced 23 points and 11 rebounds for Riyadi. Omar El Turk (188-G-81, college: Dawson Coll.) netted 16 points in the victory. Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) answered with 22 points and 14 boards for Mahram. Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara) produced 19 points in the loss.

Mahram: Chris Williams 22+14 boards, Marlon Garnett 19
Riyadi: Nathanel Johnson 24+10 boards, Loren Woods 23+11 boards, Omar El Turk 16



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  LITHUANIA   


Lietuvos Rytas want to make history by beating Caja Laboral - by Simas Baranauskas
Despite a dismal start to the season, Lietuvos Rytas are now within a step of making history by reaching Euroleague playoffs. The all-or-nothing battle against Caja Laboral in Vilnius will definitely be by far the most important game of the season for the Lithuanian champions.

Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut) sunk a buzzer-beating triple in the first matchup between the sides in Vitoria, to give Lietuvos Rytas a sensational victory. However, the team from Vilnius will have to repeat what they have already done this season and El-Amin is confident that Lietuvos Rytas is strong enough to achieve this goal.

The fact we can overwrite history motivates us even further. We want to be the players to have achieved something Lietuvos Rytas hasnt before and we will fight for the entire forty minutes to lead the team to the playoffs for the first time, said Lietuvos Rytas guard Khalid El-Amin, who has taking the leadership of the team on his back recently.

With Lietuvos Rytas playing considerably better at home, this will definitely be a huge boost to the team and the player agrees that playing at home brings that extra bit of confidence too.

I think it will be an exciting game. We understand that the game on Thursday will be a do-or-die match, it will be real war. And we are feeling good about it as were going to play at home. We are really thrilled and the guys are ready to go further, El-Amin.

Lietuvos Rytas head coach Aleksandar Trifunovic (agency: Beo Basket ) thinks that his team still has some unused tricks in the bag and their best game is still to come.

I think we havent played our best game yet and we have some extra reserves. Well fight against a strong opponent with great Euroleague and Spanish finals experience. Well try to show our fans what we can do best and achieve the victory, coach Trifunovic said, who thinks that the key to success is playing as a team.

In all the games that we won, team spirit and unity was the main factor and were going to have to play just like that against Caja Laboral. It will decide the game. Our last victory was decided by the effort from all of the players. No matter how much a player spent on the court, he brought something good on the court. We have 10-12 players, who can play at this level and this is our advantage, Trifunovic noted.

Courtesy of LithuaniaBasketball.com


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  MEXICO   


Guaymas roster announcements - by Chris Terrell
Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico - Ostioneros de Guaymas have announced their roster for the 2011 season which is set to tip off March 11th against Hermosillo. Players announced include Rommel Marentes (179-G-84, college: Cal-Davis) Jose Luis Bucio (179-G-86) and Hector Nungaray (178-G-78) at guard, Dainmon Gonner (198-F-80, college: SE Missouri St.) Jose Sanchez (F/C-80) Alejandro Zarco (205-F-85) Omar Lopez (203-C-80, college: Cal.Baptist) and Jerome Habel (208-F-85, college: San Diego St.) at forwards, with Fernando Benitez (204-F/C-89) Raul Berrelleza (202-F/C-72) and Ramses Benitez (210-C-79) at the big spots. The club is awaiting several players to complete prior committments in the FIBA Americas League which is set to conclude this week as Halcones Rojos de Veracruz and Halcones de Xalapa are both featured in the league's final four, March 4th-6th in Xalapa. On paper this club is stacked top to bottom; great size, scoring, perimeter shooting, playmakers, and guys that are known for dominating in the paint and controlling the glass. Head Coach Eduardo Opezzo (agency: Dream Team Management ) helped guide the Trigueros to their last championship in 2006. He will be reunited with Lulo Benitez from that team. With 8 players at or above 2 meters and with a roster of at least 11 players with high level experience expect Guaymas to be one of the favorites this season in the CIBACOPA.

Nogales adds Ryan Moss - by Chris Terrell
Nogales, Sonora, MEX - Fuerza Guinda Nogales has announced the acquisition of Ryan Moss (college: UALR) to the club for the 2011 CIBACOPA season. Moss a veteran of professional leagues in Europe such as France and Belgium has suited up the last two seasons for Lechegueros de Leon in the Liga Nacional. At 6'8 240, Moss had averages of 17ppg and 9 rebounds for Leon in 09 while connecting on 63% of his attempts from the field. In 2010 he led the LNBP in blocked shots and was one of the team leaders in scoring and rebounding once again as one of the key components to Leon's ability to run off 19 wins in 21 games down the stretch in the LNBP. Expect him to assume the role of paint enforcement as he isn't afraid to mix it up on both ends of the floor.

Toros win LNBP title! - by Eurobasket News
Pioneros - Toros 82-93

Toros are the new LNBP champions. They managed to beat Pioneros in Game Six and to win the Final Series with 4-2. It was a road game and Toros celebrated 82-93 victory. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-82. Toros made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Toros outrebounded Pioneros 38-22 including a 25-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Adrian Henning (203-F-82, college: Austin Peay St.) who scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. American-Nigerian forward Ikechukwu Ofoegbu (205-F-85, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: SMU) chipped in 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Toros players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Gregory Grays (185-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Detroit Mercy) who recorded 30 points and his fellow American import center Rammel Allen (210-C-79, college: Bridgeport) added 18 points and 11 rebounds respectively.
Toros finished regular season as No.5 with 25-11 record. They eliminated Huracances in the 1/8 Finals and after that Fuerza Reggia in the QFinals. In the Semis, Toros blasted Halcones Xalapa with almost perfect 4-1.

Pioneros: Gregory Grays 30+1reb+1ast, Rammel Allen 18+11reb, L.Hickerson 16+2reb+3ast, S.Soriano 9+4reb+2ast, K.Young 4+1reb, J.Sanchez 3
Toros: Adrian Henning 21+8reb, Ikechukwu Ofoegbu 19+5reb+5ast, W.Pagan 18+5reb+3ast, A.Rougeau 15+4reb+1ast, Q.Joseph 10+11reb+3ast, E.Vasquez 7+3reb


Jonathan Meza new Head Coach in Culiacan - by Chris Terrell
Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mex- Caballeros de Culiacan have named Jonathan Meza (187-G-78) as the new Head Coach. Meza served as an assistant last season for the Cabs en route to a CIBACOPA champion and this season will take over the reigns in the top position. A star guard in his own right, Meza has long been considered a talent hawk and someone that works well with the players and does a great job cultivating that talent. Known for trapping defenses and quicker tempo teams, Meza and the Cabs may look to get up and down more than they have in past seasons. Culiacan will once again feature a team loaded with Halcones de Xalapa and Mexican National Team players and will work hard to integrate the foreign aid in a quest to repeat as league Champions. The entire league has gotten significantly stronger this season. The rule changes including a 3rd import, a move to NBA rules, and the reclassification of several high level players as locals has made CIBACOPA deep and balanced from top to bottom.

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  NBA   


Tuesday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Minnesota T. - LA Lakers 79-90
Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80), Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services) and the Lakers' towering front line overwhelmed Kevin Love on the boards in a 90-79 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night. Gasol had 17 rebounds and 12 points, Bynum had 14 points and seven boards and the Lakers scored 28 second-chance points to overcome a poor shooting night and win their fifth consecutive game. Wes Johnson had 20 points and eight rebounds for the Timberwolves, who led for much of the first three quarters before the Lakers asserted themselves. Love had 13 points and 11 rebounds, his 47th straight double-double. The last time he did not have one was against the Lakers on Nov. 19. But he was just 2 for 10 from the floor and barely kept the longest double-double streak since 1980 alive. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) scored 24 points, but he made just 8 of 18 shots in an ugly offensive game for both teams. *Courtesy of www.ocregister.com

Memphis G. - San Antonio S. 109-93
There wasn't much Gregg Popovich could say to justify the play of his San Antonio Spurs. Popovich spent a mere 38 seconds breaking down San Antonio's 109-93 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night. San Antonio was stymied by 22 turnovers in the game, one short of a season high. 'It wasn't just the turnovers, it was the offensive boards along with the lack of focus,' Popovich said in his brief postgame appearance before closing with: 'It was a disappointing night, and that's not something to be proud of.' Darrell Arthur (6'9''-F-88, college: Kansas) and Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) scored 21 points each to lead the Grizzlies. Randolph added 10 rebounds. Tony Allen finished with 20 points, missing only one of his nine shots, and Mike Conley had 18 points and nine assists as Memphis won its season-best fifth straight home game. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Portland TB - Houston R. 87-103
Kyle Lowry (6'0''-G-86, college: Villanova) had 21 points and 11 assists, and the Houston Rockets won their fifth straight with a 103-87 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night. Luis Scola (6'9''-F/C-80) added 21 points and Kevin Martin had 20 for Houston, which snapped a four-game losing streak at the Rose Garden and reached .500 at 31-31. Portland leading scorer LaMarcus Aldridge was held to 14 points, well off his average of 22.4. Nicolas Batum led the Blazers with 22 points. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Philadelph.76 - Dallas M. 93-101
Jason Terry (6'2''-G-77, college: Arizona) hustled as he saw the loose ball rolling toward midcourt. In the final minute of a three-point game, first one to the ball could score the bucket that made the difference in the outcome. Terry pounced and had an uncontested breakaway dunk, and another Dallas win was in the record book. 'That one possession signified what that game meant to us,' Terry said. Terry scored 30 points, Jason Kidd (6'4''-G-73, college: California) had a triple-double, and the Mavericks won their seventh straight game, 101-93 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night. Dirk Nowitzki added 22 points for the Mavericks, who have won a whopping 17 of 18 games that shot them into second place in the Western Conference. 'Shoot the ball, share the ball,' Nowitzki said. Sounds like a simple formula, one the Mavs have perfected during this sizzling stretch. Terry used near-flawless shooting over the second and third quarters to give the Mavs the lead, then sealed the win late in the fourth with the big hustling dunk where he waved his arms in celebration. Kidd had 13 points, 13 assists, 10 rebounds and no turnovers for the 107th triple-double of his career. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Toronto R. - N.Orleans H. 96-90
Jose Manuel Calderon (6'3''-G-81) had 22 points and 16 assists, DeMar DeRozan scored 17 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the New Orleans Hornets 96-90 Tuesday night for just their fourth win in 24 games. Returning to the lineup after missing Sunday's loss to Dallas with flulike symptoms, Andrea Bargnani (6'10''-F/C-85) scored 14 points for Toronto, which also got 14 from Sonny Weems and 13 from James Johnson. Amir Johnson had eight points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who had lost two straight. David West scored 19 points and former Raptor Jarrett Jack had 17, but the Hornets lost for the ninth time in 12 games. Carl Landry had 17 points, Marco Belinelli 13 and Trevor Ariza 10 for New Orleans. Calderon had not scored more than 20 points since a 21-point performance at Washington on Jan. 15, a span of 20 games. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Milwaukee B. - Detroit P. 92-90
Brandon Jennings (6'0''-G-89) scored 21 points, making the clinching free throws with 5.9 seconds left and leading the Milwaukee Bucks to a 92-90 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night. Detroit's Richard Hamilton emerged from coach John Kuester's doghouse to score 10 points in 26 minutes off the bench, but missed his first four shots and his final eight attempts. Milwaukee won for only the third time in nine games despite having its top frontcourt players on the bench due to injury and illness. The Pistons have lost seven of nine. Austin Daye missed a 3-point attempt with 9 seconds left that would have given Detroit the lead. Ben Gordon tried to save it from going out of bounds, but his swipe at the ball went to Jennings, who was fouled. Milwaukee was not in the bonus and inbounded, and Jennings was fouled with 5.9 seconds left. He calmly made both free throws to give Milwaukee a 92-88 lead. Detroit's Greg Monroe (6'11''-C-90, college: Georgetown) scored on a follow shot with 0.2 seconds left to close the scoring. Hamilton had missed 10 consecutive games since playing Feb. 5 in a game that also was in Milwaukee, but had a meeting recently to clear the air with Kuester and entered the game late in the first quarter. He missed 13-of-17 shots, but had three assists, two steals and two rebounds. *Courtesy of Yahoo

Indiana P. - Golde State W. 109-100
The Indiana Pacers needed a win, so Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) couldn't afford to miss a free throw. Granger scored 27 points, going 16 for 16 from the line, and it was his clutch foul shooting early and late helped Indiana hold off the Golden State Warriors, 109-100, on Tuesday night. ''Granger did what a good player does,'' Warriors coach Keith Smart said. What that meant Tuesday was making all eight from the line in the fourth quarter as the Pacers snapped a two-game home losing streak. ''This was a good win, not necessarily a big win,'' Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85, college: N.Carolina) said. ''We really needed (the victory) after those two losses.'' Darren Collison scored 11 points for Indiana, eight in the third quarter, when the Pacers outscored Golden State 37-26 to turn a three-point deficit into a nine-point lead. Hansbrough finished with 14 points to lead balanced Pacers scoring off the bench, with Paul George scoring 12 points in a reserve role and Dahntay Jones adding 10. That trio combined for 15 fourth-quarter points, and Hansbrough also had six rebounds. *Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com

Orlando M. - New York K. 116-110
Dwight Howard (6'10''-C/F-85) had 30 points and 16 rebounds, Jameer Nelson (6'0''-G-82, college: St.Joseph's) scored 23 of his 26 points in the second half, and the Orlando Magic outlasted the New York Knicks 116-110 on Tuesday night. The Magic trailed 58-47 at halftime, but surged in the second half as the Knicks struggled from the field. The win was the Magic's third straight and fifth in six games. It was also Orlando's second win this season over the Knicks, who host the Magic twice before the end of the month. New York fell to 2-2 since acquiring All-Star Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups. The Knicks finished 1-1 on the Florida swing, following its win over Miami on Sunday. Amare Stoudemire and Billups led New York with 30 points apiece, followed by Anthony with 25. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com




Knicks waive Corey Brewer - by Eurobasket News
The New York Knicks waived swingman Corey Brewer (6'9''-F-86, college: Florida) Tuesday, just days after getting him from Minnesota in the three-team, 13-player Carmelo Anthony trade.

Brewer was acquired from the Timberwolves for Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry's expiring contract but never played in a New York uniform.

The fourth-year pro averaged 8.6 points and 2.7 rebounds in 56 games this season for the Timberwolves.

Courtesy of www.upi.com


Timberwolves, Eddy Curry reach buyout agreement - by Eurobasket News
The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced that the team and recently-acquired center Eddy Curry (6'11''-C/F-82) have agreed to terms on a contractual buyout. Subsequently, the team has placed Curry on waivers. Per team policy, terms of the buyout agreement were not disclosed.

The Timberwolves acquired Curry from New York on Feb. 22 along with Anthony Randolph, cash considerations and a future second-round draft pick from Denver as part of a three-team trade that sent Corey Brewer to the Knicks and Kosta Koufos to the Nuggets. Curry did not appear in a game for the Wolves following the trade.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Knicks sign forward Jared Jeffries a year after trading him to Houston - by Eurobasket News
Jared Jeffries (6'10''-C-81, college: Indiana) returned to the New York Knicks a year after the National Basketball Association team traded him to the Houston Rockets.

The 29-year-old forward was re-signed yesterday as a free agent, Donnie Walsh, the Knicks president of basketball operations, said in a statement.

Jeffries, who originally signed with the Knicks on Aug. 8, 2006, has career averages of 5.2 points and 4.3 rebounds in 528 games.

The Knicks dropped to 30-28 with a 116-110 loss to the Orlando Magic last night after beginning the fourth quarter with an 84-79 lead. The Knicks, who are 2-2 since signing Carmelo Anthony, are second in the NBA Eastern Conference Atlantic Division behind the Boston Celtics.

Courtesy of www.bloomberg.com


Wizards waive Al Thornton - by Eurobasket News
The Washington Wizards have agreed to buyout the contract of forward Al Thornton (6'8''-F-83, college: Florida St.).

The additions of Rashard Lewis and Mo Evans combined with Josh Howards return from injury gave us a logjam at the small forward spot, said Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld.

Coming to terms on a contract buyout with Al was mutually beneficial, as it allows us to clear space in the rotation and allows him the chance to pursue an opportunity with another team.

Courtesy of www.csnwashington.com


Heat waive G Arroyo, may add Bibby - by Eurobasket News
The Miami Heat waived veteran guard Carlos Arroyo (6'2''-G-79, college: Florida Intern.) on Tuesday, a move that signals they could be serious about signing free agent Michael Bibby (6'2''-G-78, college: Arizona).

Arroyo averaged 5.6 points and 2.0 assists in 49 games for the Heat this season, including 42 starts. The nine-year veteran was in his second season with the team.

In a statement, Heat president Pat Riley called Arroyo 'truly a first class individual and professional.'

'This was a very difficult decision to make because Carlos has done a great job for this team and this organization,' said Riley.

Multiple outlets have reported Miami's interest in Bibby, who became a free agent on Monday after he reached an agreement with the Washington Wizards on a contract buyout.

Bibby was unhappy that he landed with the Wizards in a February 23 trade that sent guard Kirk Hinrich to the Hawks. The well-traveled 13-year veteran went from a playoff contender in Atlanta to a team that is second-to-last in the Eastern Conference.

In just two games for the Wizards, Bibby had two points and eight assists. He is eligible for the playoffs because he was waived by Washington before March 1.

Courtesy of www.latimes.com


Trail Blazers sign Jarron Collins to add depth at center - by Eurobasket News
The Trail Blazers have turned to veteran center Jarron Collins (6'10''-F-78, college: Stanford) to add depth in the front court.

The Trail Blazers announced this morning that they had signed Collins.

Bob Myers, Collins' agent, told The Oregonian Monday night that his client was 'hoping to sign a 10-day contract in the near future' with the Blazers. Collins, in his 10th NBA season, played 23 games with the Los Angeles Clippers this season before the team waived him in January.

Before signing Collins, the Blazers had just one center (Marcus Camby) on their roster, because of the NBA trade deadline deal that sent Joel Przybilla, Sean Marks, Dante Cunningham and two future draft picks to the Charlotte Bobcats for Gerald Wallace.

The 6-foot-11 Collins also will add playoff experience, having played in the postseason five different seasons with the Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns. Last season, he started for the Suns at center when they defeated the Blazers in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.

Collins, who will wear jersey No. 31, tried to make the Blazers' roster as a training camp invite last season. But Patty Mills beat him out for the 15th and final roster spot and Collins eventually landed with the Suns.

Collins, who played his first eight seasons with the Utah Jazz, has averaged 3.9 points and 2.9 rebounds in 537 career games, including 216 starts.

Note: The Blazers said this morning that guard Rudy Fernandez is doubtful for tonight's game against Houston because of a sinus infection.

Courtesy of www.oregonlive.com


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 43-15 
 2. New York K. 30-28 
 3. Philadelph.76 30-30 
 4. New Jersey N. 17-43 
 5. Toronto R. 17-44 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 41-17 
 2. Indiana P. 27-32 
 3. Milwaukee B. 23-36 
 4. Detroit P. 22-40 
 5. Cleveland C. 11-48 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 43-17 
 2. Orlando M. 39-22 
 3. Atlanta H. 36-24 
 4. Charlotte B. 26-33 
 5. Washington W. 15-44 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 36-22 
 2. Denver N. 35-26 
 3. Portland TB 33-27 
 4. Utah Jazz 32-29 
 5. Minnesota T. 14-47 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 43-19 
 2. Phoenix Suns 31-27 
 3. Golde State W. 26-33 
 4. LA Clippers 21-40 
 5. Sacramento K. 15-43 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 49-11 
 2. Dallas M. 44-16 
 3. N.Orleans H. 35-27 
 4. Memphis G. 34-28 
 5. Houston R. 31-31 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 28.5
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.5 
 2. James, Miami Heat26.2 
 3. Stoudemire, New Y.26.0 
 4. Wade, Miami Heat25.5 
 5. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 6. Bryant, LA Lakers25.1 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.24.8 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.24.7 
 9. Gordon, LA Clippers24.1 
 10. Howard, Orlando M.23.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.5 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.13.9 
 3. Randolph, Memph.13.1 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.5 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.11.9 
 6. Bogut, Milwauke.11.5 
 7. Camby, Portland TB11.0 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.5 
 9. Okafor, N.Orlean.10.1 
 10. Horford, Atlanta H.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Rondo, Boston C.12.1 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.4 
 3. Williams, Utah Jazz9.7 
 4. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.5 
 5. Calderon, Toron.9.2 
 6. Wall, Washington W.9.0 
 7. Felton, New Y.9.0 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..8.4 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.8.4 
 10. Rose, Chicago B.8.1 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.4 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.3 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.3 
 4. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 5. Allen, Memphis G.1.7 
 6. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
 7. Evans, Sacramen.1.7 
 8. Conley, Memphis G.1.7 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.1.7 
 10. Curry, Golde S.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.8 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.3 
 3. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.2 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.2.2 
 5. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.1 
 6. Duncan, San A.2.1 
 7. Stoudemire, New Y.2.1 
 8. Jefferson, Utah J.1.9 
 9. Bynum, LA Lakers1.8 
 10. Okafor, N.Orlean.1.8 


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  NCAA1   


Korie Lucious will join Iowa State - by Eurobasket News
Former Michigan State guard Korie Lucious (5'11''-G-89) is transferring to Iowa State.

Iowa State says Lucious signed a financial aid agreement with the school Wednesday. Lucious, a junior, will redshirt next season and use his final year of eligibility in 2012-13.

Lucious was suspended by Michigan State coach Tom Izzo earlier this season for conduct detrimental to the program. The 5-foot-11 guard from Milwaukee helped the Spartans reach the Final Four the past two seasons and averaged 6.5 points in 18 games this year.

Lucious is the second Spartans guard to transfer to Iowa State for his final season under first-year coach Fred Hoiberg. Chris Allen is redshirting this season and will play for the Cyclones in 2011-12.

Courtesy of ESPN


Kansas lifts Taylor's suspension after two games - by Eurobasket News
Kansas point guard Tyshawn Taylor's (6'3''-G-90) suspension has been lifted after two games.

Coach Bill Self said the junior would be in uniform Wednesday night when the second-ranked Jayhawks host No. 24 Texas A&M in their final home game of the season. It's not clear whether he will play.

Taylor was suspended for an unspecified violation of team rules. Self has declined to say what the infraction was.

Sophomore Elijah Johnson has started in Taylor's place and has done well. Self indicated he was growing impatient with Taylor, who has struggled at times trying to replace departed All-Big 12 point guard Sherron Collins.

Self said earlier in the week that Johnson would start if the NCAA tournament were this week.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Diebler hits 10 three-pointers in No.1 Ohio State's rout - by Eurobasket News
Whether wide open, fading away from a defender or with a bad look at the basket with a hand in his face, Ohio State's Jon Diebler (6'6''-G) had one of those games in which he just couldn't miss.

The senior some fans call '3bler' lived up to his nickname in Happy Valley.

Diebler had a career-high 30 points and set a school record with 10 three-pointers Tuesday night to lead top-ranked Ohio State to an 82-61 rout of Penn State to clinch at least a share of the Big Ten title.

Diebler went 5-of-6 from behind the arc in the first half as the Buckeyes (28-2, 15-2) built a 15-point halftime lead and never let up.

Senior Talor Battle scored 18 points in his final regular-season home game for Penn State (15-13, 8-9).

Diebler's 10 3s tied a conference record.

'Ironically, I told him in shootaround, 'We need a big night from you tonight. You're going to get your shots,' ' Buckeyes coach Thad Matta said.

That would be 10-for-12 shooting for Diebler, all from behind arc, including a stretch of nine straight 3s until he missed his last shot from behind the arc with 2:03 left.

No matter, Matta let him sit out the rest of the game with Ohio State ahead comfortably by 23 points. Diebler had no idea he was having a record-setting night.

'I just found out. It's cool, I guess it's something I'll look back on later down the road,' Diebler said. 'I'm just happy we won. It was a great team effort.'

Freshman center Jared Sullinger (6'9''-F) bullied his way through the lane for 10 points and 10 rebounds though he wasn't needed much in the second half with Ohio State leading by as many as 26 points.

The win allowed the Buckeyes to earn at least a share of their fourth conference championship in six years and stay one game ahead of second-place Purdue.

But there wasn't much talk afterward about tying for the title a loss by No. 6 Purdue at Iowa on Saturday or an Ohio State win over No. 10 Wisconsin on Sunday would give the Buckeyes the title outright.

'We still have one game left,' Matta said. 'We've at least got a share of it and that was about all that was said.'

The Nittany Lions fell way short of an upset that could have drastically improved their fading NCAA tournament chances. There was so much anticipation on campus, the game drew 15,403 fans the sixth-largest crowd in the 15-year history of the Jordan Center and a record student turnout of more than 6,000.

Instead they got to watch Ohio State dissect Penn State's defense with ease in ascending to another Big Ten crown.

'You don't see that very often,' Penn State coach Ed DeChellis said about Diebler's shooting. 'We didn't have any answers for them.'

David Jackson (6'7''-F-88) had 12 points, while Andrew Jones (6'10''-F-87) added 10 for Penn State.

After an emotional pregame ceremony honoring the seniors, Penn State never found its footing and didn't have an answer for Diebler. With Diebler's hot hand leading the way, Ohio State shot 55% overall, including 60% (18-of-30) in the second half.

A three-minute stretch of the first half exemplified Penn State's frustrations. Sullinger hit a 12-footer over Jeff Brooks before William Buford dunked following a steal to make it 22-10. Buford finished with 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting.,

Following a timeout, Battle tried to regain momentum for the Nittany Lions with an acrobatic scoop shot in the lane. But Diebler rushed down on the break for a 3 from the wing to make it 25-12 with about five minutes left in the half.

The rest of the game was a mere formality.

Diebler, who already holds the Big Ten record for career 3s, set a Jordan Center record for three-pointers.

In contrast, the Nittany Lions had some bad luck, with some early shots rattling in and out of basket. They had a slim margin for error against the Big Ten's best offense (72.9 points per game).

'It didn't help that Diebler just could not miss,' Battle said. 'It's disappointing. It's very disappointing. ... We've just got to move on and leave this one behind.'

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


No.6 Purdue beats Illinois on senior night - by Eurobasket News
Minutes after No. 6 Purdue's 75-67 victory over Illinois, the band played a version of DJ Khaled's 'All I Do is Win' before the school honored Jajuan Johnson (6'10''-F/C-89) and E'Twaun Moore (6'4''-G-89) on Senior Night.

The song title was fitting.

Johnson scored 23 points and Moore added 18 as the Boilermakers (25-5, 14-3) finished undefeated at Mackey Arena and remained in contention for the Big Ten title.

Johnson and Moore came off the court to a standing ovation with 3.6 seconds left.

'Tonight was a special night for us,' Moore said. 'It was our last night playing in front of our home crowd. Right before the game, I was nervous. I tried not to think about it, but I couldn't help it. I'm glad we got a victory and everything turned out well.'

Johnson said the team takes pride in its 16-0 home record.

'I think it says a lot about how we protect our home court,' he said. 'It also says a lot about Mackey in general, with all the fans getting loud. It's definitely one of the loudest arenas in the country, and this is definitely a big advantage for us every time we play here.'

Illinois coach Bruce Weber said Johnson and Moore were too much to handle.

'I think they have two special seniors that rose to the occasion and made some big shots down the stretch,' he said.

D.J. Byrd (6'5''-G/F) added a career-high 16 points and Ryne Smith (6'3''-G-89) had a career-high nine rebounds for the Boilermakers, who overcame a 13-point deficit to win their seventh straight.

Demetri McCamey (6'3''-G-89) scored 18 points and Mike Davis added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Illinois (18-12, 8-9). The Fighting Illini shot 50 percent from the field, but Purdue made 11 3-pointers and committed just five turnovers.

Purdue avoided a letdown after Sunday's 20-point win at Michigan State.

The teams were tied at halftime, but Moore hit a long jumper and Johnson converted a three-point play to put the Boilermakers up 44-39.

Purdue led 53-51 when Illinois' Mike Tisdale committed his fourth foul with 9:29 left. The 7-foot-1 center left the game, and the Boilermakers went on a 7-0 run over the next 1:05. Smith's long 3-pointer pushed Purdue's lead to 60-51 with 8:24 to play.

McCamey made a 3-pointer, and Smith was called for a foul away from the ball. Davis made both free throws, and Purdue's lead was trimmed to 60-58. McCamey converted a three-point play to cut Purdue's lead to one point, but a steal and layup by Moore put Purdue ahead 67-62 with 5 minutes remaining.

McCamey had a chance to tie the game at 67, but Moore blocked his 3-pointer. Though it wasn't his matchup, Moore caught up with McCamey in transition and stayed on him.

'Every time I got the chance, I would try to go up and take him,' Moore said.

A fadeaway 3-pointer by Moore as the shot clock expired gave Purdue a 72-64 lead with 52 seconds left.

'When it's running down, I'm confident with the ball,' he said.

The result was disappointing for Weber, who felt his team played hard but made too many mistakes.

'Even the second half, it's right there for us to take,' he said. 'A couple plays, a couple possessions. We've got to be smarter basketball players if we're really going to beat a special team like that.'

Purdue took a 10-8 lead on a 3-pointer by Johnson, but Illinois responded with a 16-5 run. A dunk by Meyers Leonard pushed Illinois' lead to 24-15 and caused Purdue coach Matt Painter to call a timeout.

It didn't help. Illinois stretched the lead to 29-16 before Painter called another timeout. The Fighting Illini made 12 of their first 16 field goal attempts.

'They hit a lot of shots, but it was still early in the game, so I still had faith,' Moore said.

'I was just thinking we've got to turn this thing around, really,' Johnson said. 'Coach called a timeout, and pretty much, he was talking about defense, how we were guarding screens and defending off the ball action, and they were getting open looks. Luckily, we locked down defensively.'

Illinois pushed the lead to 31-18, but McCamey committed his second foul and sat the rest of the half. Three-pointers by Lewis Jackson, Byrd, Moore and Terone Johnson in a 3 1/2-minute span cut Illinois' lead to 31-30. This time, Weber called the timeout.

Moore hit a 3-pointer with 9 seconds left in the half to tie the score 37-all. Illinois shot 59 percent in the first half, but couldn't shake the Boilermakers.

'I think they're playing as well as anybody in the country,' Weber said.

Purdue closes its regular season at Iowa on Saturday, still in the running for the conference title.

'It definitely would mean a lot,' Jajuan Johnson said. 'It definitely can be done. If it doesn't happen, we still can win the Big Ten tournament and go to the Final Four, so all our goals are intact.'

Courtesy of www.kolotv.com


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  NIGERIA   


DStv PBL: Pillars ends Kada invicibility, Hoopers makes it 1-1 on road - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Defending champion of the DStv Premier Basketball League, Kano Pillars basketball club last weekend proved that its the true champion of the Nigeria league when it ended the invicibility of reigning Savannah conference leader, Kada Stars basketball club of Kaduna.

Kada Stars, host of the week-5 high-profile pairing lost to the visitor by as much as 22-point margin of 67-89 points with Pillars being the only team in the conference yet to taste defeat, 2009/2010 runner-up Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt makes it a 1-1 record on its mission to Lagos losing to Islanders basketball club of Lagos by 73-70 points but woke up to defeat Dodan Warriors basketball club of Lagos by 88-87 points to move to the second spot in the Atalntic conference with a 4-1 record.

In other week-5 games decided last weekend Comets basketball club continue its fine run in the Atlantic conference beating Police Baton basketball club in a local derby by 73-58 points.

The former Nigeria league champion took the first, third and fourth quarters by 17-08, 25-12 and 23-18 points respectively losing the second quarter to the Baton by 08-20 points. Yelwa Hawks basketball club of Bauchi recorded an away win over Tapgun Rockets basketball club of Jos by 76-68 points; Nigeria Immigration basketball club of Kano pipped visiting Plateau Peaks basketball club of Jos by 73-61 points for its first win of the season while Bauchi Nets basketball club walked-over Niger Potters basketball club of Minna.

Week-5 Results

Atlantic Conference
Union Bank 83-54 Chariots
Islanders 73-70 Royal Hoopers
Dodan Warriors 87-88 Royal Hoopers
Comets 73-58 Police Baton

Savannah conference
Tapgun Rockets 68-76 Yelwa Hawks
Kada Stars 67-89 Kano Pillars
Bauchi Nets 20-00 Niger Potters (W/O)
Immigration 73-61 Plateau Peaks



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  NORWAY   


Standings - BLNO
BLNO Standings
 1. Asker 17-3 
 2. Tromso 16-4 
 3. Ulriken 14-6 
 4. Baerum 11-9 
 5. Froya 8-12 
 6. Gimle 6-14 
 7. Ammerud 4-16 
 8. Kristiansand 4-16 


BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Antonio RUSSELL
  Kristiansand
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 27.2
 1. Russell, Kristiansand27.2 
 2. Timus, Tromso25.1 
 3. Ross, Kristiansand23.0 
 4. Bullock, Gimle22.1 
 5. Karlsen, Asker21.8 
 6. Kombat, Froya21.7 
 7. Diomande, Ammerud20.9 
 8. January, Tromso20.6 
 9. Eskeland, Ulriken18.8 
 10. Fivelstad, Ulriken18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Peter BULLOCK
  Gimle
  (198-F/C-82)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Bullock, Gimle13.1 
 2. Oatis, Baerum12.1 
 3. Mullenax, Ulriken11.9 
 4. Karlsen, Asker10.2 
 5. Christensen, Tro.9.7 
 6. Fivelstad, Ulriken9.6 
 7. Kombat, Froya8.8 
 8. January, Tromso8.6 
 9. Djerman, Gimle7.6 
 10. Elsafadi, Froya7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Edmunds GABRANS
  Froya
  (190-G-79)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Gabrans, Froya5.4 
 2. Eskeland, Ulriken4.5 
 3. Issalhi, Tromso4.4 
 4. Mahnin, Asker4.3 
 5. Bullock, Gimle4.3 
 6. Russell, Kristiansand4.2 
 7. Elgmork, Baerum4.0 
 8. Ouakkaha, Ulriken3.6 
 9. Mihaylov, Tromso3.6 
 10. Timus, Tromso3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Peter BULLOCK
  Gimle
  (198-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Bullock, Gimle2.6 
 2. Diomande, Ammerud2.5 
 3. Ouakkaha, Ulriken2.3 
 4. Russell, Kristiansand2.2 
 5. Eskeland, Ulriken2.2 
 6. January, Tromso1.8 
 7. Timus, Tromso1.8 
 8. Gabrans, Froya1.7 
 9. Hinsch, Asker1.7 
 10. Elgmork, Baerum1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Oatis, Baerum3.6 
 2. Beqiri, Kristiansand1.7 
 3. January, Tromso1.5 
 4. Christensen, Tro.1.3 
 5. Bullock, Gimle1.1 
 6. Mullenax, Ulriken1.0 
 7. Karlsen, Asker0.9 
 8. Hamilton, Baerum0.9 
 9. Nevjen, Baerum0.9 
 10. Hagen, Ammerud0.8 


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  PALESTINE   


Standings - Men
PBBA Standings
 1. Al Ahli 0-0 
 2. Al Fara 0-0 
 3. Beit Sahour 0-0 
 4. Berzeit Club 0-0 
 5. Bethlehem 0-0 
 6. De La Salle 0-0 
 7. Ebal 0-0 
 8. Hiteen 0-0 
 9. Ibdaa D. 0-0 
 10. Islami 0-0 
 11. Orthodox R. 0-0 
 12. Qalandia 0-0 
 13. Sarriyet 0-0 


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  PBL   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mike WILLIAMS
  Rochester R.
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Williams, Vermo.20.9 
 2. Brown, Quebec K.19.5 
 3. Jones, Kentucky S.18.9 
 4. Egerson, Saint J.18.6 
 5. Parran, Quebec K.18.3 
 6. Anderson, Saint J.18.1 
 7. Dollard, Halifax R.17.7 
 8. Miles, Dayton A.17.5 
 9. Allen, Vermont FH16.7 
 10. Martin, Saint J.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric CROOKSHANK
  Halifax R.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Crookshank, Halif.10.5 
 2. Williams, Vermo.10.3 
 3. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC9.0 
 4. Dollard, Halifax R.8.2 
 5. Walton, Rocheste.8.1 
 6. DeMasi, Vermont FH8.0 
 7. Jones, Kentucky S.7.9 
 8. Harris, Kentucky S.7.8 
 9. Jones, Halifax R.7.7 
 10. Williams, Rocheste.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Dwuan RICE
  Saint John M.R.
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Rice, Vermont FH7.6 
 2. Parran, Quebec K.6.6 
 3. Anderson, Saint J.5.7 
 4. Brown, Halifax R.5.4 
 5. Egerson, Saint J.4.6 
 6. Bowden, Lawton F.3.8 
 7. Hill, Dayton A.3.7 
 8. Crouch, Rocheste.3.5 
 9. Acker, Quebec K.3.5 
 10. Fountain, Lawton F.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dwuan RICE
  Saint John M.R.
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 3
 1. Rice, Vermont FH3.0 
 2. Parran, Quebec K.2.5 
 3. Brown, Quebec K.2.2 
 4. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC2.2 
 5. Anderson, Saint J.2.2 
 6. Austin, Vermont FH2.0 
 7. Gilchrese, Saint J.1.8 
 8. Miles, Dayton A.1.8 
 9. Martin, Saint J.1.5 
 10. Taylor, Kentucky S.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jared CARTER
  Rochester R.
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Carter, Rocheste.1.6 
 2. Stevenson, Rocheste.1.5 
 3. Daniels, Lawton F.1.2 
 4. Mims, Lawton Ft.SC1.2 
 5. George, Dayton A.1.1 
 6. Ocitti, Saint J.1.1 
 7. Williams, Vermo.0.9 
 8. Harris, Kentucky S.0.9 
 9. DeMasi, Vermont FH0.8 
 10. Dollard, Halifax R.0.8 


Dollard's 38-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old forward Joshua Dollard (203-F-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Halifax R. and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
He had the game-high 38 points adding eight rebounds and five assists for Halifax R. in his team's victory, helping them to beat Saint John M.R. (#4, 6-5) in overtime 104-98. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Halifax R. maintains the 2nd position in PBL league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Halifax R. will need more victories to improve their 8-5 record. In the team's last game Dollard had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Halifax R., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Univ.of S.Carolina - Aiken graduate has very impressive stats this year. Dollard is in league's top in points (7th best: 17.7ppg), rebounds (5th best: 8.2rpg) and averages solid 54.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Jared Carter (216-C-87) of Rochester R.. He is a center in his first season at Rochester R.. In the last game Carter recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Rochester R. to another comfortable win 119-104 over slightly lower-ranked Dayton A. (#7, 3-12) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Rochester R. to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-7 record. Carter is one of the most experienced players at Rochester R. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. Former University of Kentucky star Carter is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Royce Parran (175-G-85) of Quebec K. (#3). Parran showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, five rebounds and ten assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Quebec K., leading his team to a 99-85 easy win against #2 ranked Halifax R. in a game of the week. Quebec K. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 5 lost games. Parran has a great season in PBL. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.5ppg (5th best) and assists with 6.5apg (2nd best). He also has 2.5spg and FGP: 53.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Joshua Dollard (203-F-86) of Halifax R. - 31 points and 11 rebounds
5. Anthony Anderson (180-G-81) of Saint John M.R. - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Marc Egerson (198-G-86) of Saint John M.R. - 33 points and 5 rebounds
7. Quade Milum (201-F-86) of Dayton A. - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Cordell Jeanty (196-F-79) of Quebec K. - 20 points and 7 rebounds
9. Quinnel Brown (198-G/F-83) of Quebec K. - 18 points and 11 rebounds
10. Marshall Brown (199-F-85) of Halifax R. - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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  POLAND   


Standings - DBE
PLK Standings
 1. Asseco Prokom 12-4 
 2. PGE Turow 12-5 
 3. Energa Czarni 12-6 
 4. Trefl Sopot 10-8 
 5. Polpharma 10-8 
 6. Anwil 9-9 
 7. Zastal 8-10 
 8. PBG Basket 8-10 
 9. Polonia Azbud 8-10 
 10. AZS Koszalin 7-9 
 11. SKK Kotwica 6-11 
 12. Siarka 3-15 


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  PORTUGAL   


Lusitania sign Ricky Franklin - by Eurobasket News
Ricky Franklin (185-G, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) moves to Portugal. He inked a deal with Lusitania. It is the first pro deal for the guard. Ricky Franklin spent the preseason with SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg in Poland but did not sign with the team. Ricky Franklin graduated from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 2010. He tallied 14.7 points, 4.2 boards and 3.9 assists per game in his senior season. Ricky Franklin was named into All-Horizon League 2nd Team last year. The player is expected to arrive to Portugal this week. Ricky Franklin can appear on court in Round 18 when Lusitania will travel to Ovarense.


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  ROMANIA   


Yamene Coleman gets MVP of the Week award for Romanian Div.A - by Eurobasket News
American Yamene Coleman (206-C-86, agency: Court Side) had an amazing evening in the last round for Miercurea and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 24-year old center had a double-double of 22 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team edged out Craiova (#13, 5-18) 79-77. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings in Round 21. Miercurea maintains the 15th position in Romanian Div.A. 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. Miercurea have already lost 21 games and recorded just two victories. Coleman turned to be Miercurea's top player in his first season with the team. Troy University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Coleman is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 9.7rpg) and averages solid 52.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old American center Kenneth Simms (203-C) of SCM CSU Craiova. Simms impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 30 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Craiova lost that game 84-106 to the higher-ranked Oradea (#6, 14-9). Craiova is still in a red zone at 13th spot in . 18 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Craiova managed to get this year. Simms is a newcomer at Craiova and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Serbian Andelko Mandic (198-F-76) of Oradea (#6). Mandic scored 28 points. He was a key player of Oradea, leading his team to a 106-84 easy win against the lower-ranked Craiova (#13, 5-18). Oradea needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in . Their record at this point is 14 victories and 9 lost games. Mandic has a very solid season. In 23 games in Romania he scored 14.7ppg. He also has 4.7rpg, 3.4apg and FGP: 55.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kenneth Simms (203-C) of Craiova - 21 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Kyndall Dykes (191-F-87) of U.Mobitel.CN - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Deven Mitchell (196-F-84) of Gaz Metan - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Milos Markovic (201-G/F-84) of CSU Sibiu - 28 points and 5 rebounds
8. Darko Vujacic (201-G-79) of Pitesti - 34 points and 2 rebounds
9. Qarraan Calhoun (203-F-86) of Ploiesti - 15 points and 11 rebounds
10. Dwight Lewis (196-G-87) of Mures - 27 points and 5 rebounds

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


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Kyndall DYKES
  U.Mobitel.CN
  (191-F-87)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Dykes, U.Mobite.20.9 
 2. Dawson, Polite.20.6 
 3. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.20.3 
 4. Pesic, Timisoara19.8 
 5. Vujacic, Pitesti19.5 
 6. Scott, Otopeni18.6 
 7. Bubanja, Brasov17.9 
 8. Darby, Rovinari17.8 
 9. Wohlleb, Craiova17.7 
 10. Tomic, CSM B.17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth SIMMS
  Craiova
  (203-C-)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Simms, Craiova12.1 
 2. Nicoara, Gaz Metan10.5 
 3. Coleman, Miercurea9.7 
 4. Forte, Mures9.4 
 5. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.9.2 
 6. Bigus, Rovinari8.2 
 7. Mladenovic, Mures8.0 
 8. Burlacu, Ploiesti8.0 
 9. Bennett, CSM B.7.9 
 10. Eichelberger, Pitesti7.6 
Assists Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Cooley, Mures8.2 
 2. Dzambic, CSM B.7.9 
 3. Hannah, Miercurea6.0 
 4. Howell, Gaz Metan5.5 
 5. Blidaru, Ploiesti5.3 
 6. Stojakovic, Craiova5.2 
 7. Maric, Oradea5.0 
 8. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN5.0 
 9. Medvedj, Otopeni4.9 
 10. Gennie, Pitesti4.9 
Steals Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Cooley, Mures2.6 
 2. Stojakovic, Craiova2.5 
 3. Gennie, Pitesti2.5 
 4. Howell, Gaz Metan2.5 
 5. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.3 
 6. Medvedj, Otopeni2.3 
 7. Dykes, U.Mobite.2.3 
 8. Blidaru, Ploiesti2.2 
 9. Paliciuc, Brasov2.1 
 10. Dawson, Polite.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  CSU Sibiu
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Harrison, CSU Sibiu1.9 
 2. Eichelberger, Pitesti1.7 
 3. Capusan, Rovinari1.6 
 4. Lazar, Oradea1.5 
 5. Masiulis, CSU S.1.5 
 6. Mladenovic, Mures1.5 
 7. Simms, Craiova1.3 
 8. Anghel, Polite.1.0 
 9. Vajda, Miercurea1.0 
 10. Bennett, CSM B.1.0 


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  SCOTLAND   


Standings
National League Standings
 1. C.Eriksson F. 16-2 
 2. Edinburgh K. 15-1 
 3. St.Mirren 13-4 
 4. Glasgow Univ. 11-6 
 5. Stirling Knights 10-7 
 6. Troon Tornadoes 8-10 
 7. Glasgow Storm 5-12 
 8. Glasgow R. II 4-13 
 9. E.Lothian P. 3-14 
 10. Dunfermline 1-17 


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  SERBIA   


Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Dragan BJELICA
  Viva Basket
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 27.2
 1. Bjelica, Viva Basket27.2 
 2. Svilar, Smederevo20.3 
 3. Dukanac, Mladost .19.9 
 4. Radic, Spartak18.1 
 5. Blagojevic, KG 0617.6 
 6. Trailovic, Sindje.16.8 
 7. Lalic, Radnicki BG16.7 
 8. Tesanovic, KK Nis16.5 
 9. Samailovic, Student16.0 
 10. Glisovic, Student15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nemanja KNEZEVIC
  Vojvodina
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Knezevic, Vojvodina9.6 
 2. Vuletic, Viva Basket9.4 
 3. Ivosev, Vojvodina7.6 
 4. Petrovic, Viva B.7.5 
 5. Gugleta, Zeleznicar7.1 
 6. Koprivica, Radnicki.7.0 
 7. Dukanac, Mladost .6.9 
 8. Glisovic, Student6.8 
 9. Zivanovic, Smede.6.6 
 10. Despotovic, KG 066.6 
Assists Per Game
 Zarko KARIC
  Radnicki BG
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Karic, Radnicki BG6.6 
 2. Bjelica, Viva Basket6.5 
 3. Kasabasic, Zeleznicar5.2 
 4. Boltic, Radnicki BG4.8 
 5. Tanasijevic, Stude.4.3 
 6. Dinic, Spartak4.2 
 7. Mijovic, Radnicki.4.2 
 8. Stanisavljev., Jagod.4.2 
 9. Vukasovic, Radnic.4.1 
 10. Sparovic, Smede.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Negoslav GACIC
  Radnicki BG
  (--)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Gacic, Radnicki BG2.8 
 2. Karic, Radnicki BG2.6 
 3. Zivanovic, Smede.2.2 
 4. Kuntic, Spartak2.2 
 5. Radic, Spartak2.0 
 6. Tomasevic, Vojvo.1.9 
 7. Sparovic, Smede.1.9 
 8. Ivosev, Vojvodina1.9 
 9. Tanasijevic, Stude.1.9 
 10. Kasabasic, Zeleznicar1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Slobodan GUGLETA
  Zeleznicar
  (--83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gugleta, Zeleznicar2.4 
 2. Karahodzic, Spartak1.6 
 3. Knezevic, Vojvodina1.4 
 4. Marelja, KG 061.1 
 5. Vasilic, Radnic.1.0 
 6. Markovic, Sindjeli.0.9 
 7. Petrovic, Viva B.0.9 
 8. Mirkovic, KG 060.9 
 9. Savic, Student0.8 
 10. Blagojevic, KG 060.8 


Standings - A Liga
A Standings
 1. FMP 22-2 
 2. Beograd 17-6 
 3. Metalac 17-7 
 4. Mega Vizura 14-10 
 5. Tamis 13-11 
 6. Sloga 11-12 
 7. Novi Sad 11-13 
 8. Sloboda Uzice 11-13 
 9. Vojvodina 11-13 
 10. Proleter Naftagas 10-14 
 11. Borac 10-14 
 12. Napredak 10-14 
 13. Crnokosa 9-15 
 14. Superfund 1-23 
Play in international cups:
 1. Crvena Zvezda
 2. Hemofarm
 3. Partizan
 4. Radnicki


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Branko MILISAVLJEVIC
  Mega Vizura
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Milisavljevi., Mega V.21.7 
 2. Koprivica, Super.20.7 
 3. Janjusevic, Crnok.18.8 
 4. Zekovic, Beograd18.5 
 5. Micevic, Sloboda .17.8 
 6. Sinovec, Metalac17.7 
 7. Bunic, Novi Sad17.4 
 8. Bozovic, Sloga17.4 
 9. Kovacevic, Super.16.3 
 10. Sulovic, Napredak16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nikola MARKOVIC
  FMP
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Markovic, FMP7.8 
 2. Ljubicic, Metalac7.5 
 3. Jelovac, Mega V.7.4 
 4. Misanovic, Beograd6.9 
 5. Cantekin, Mega V.6.8 
 6. Djurovic, Crnokosa6.4 
 7. Cubrilo, Sloga6.4 
 8. Bozovic, Sloga6.4 
 9. Zekovic, Beograd6.3 
 10. Dedijer, Borac6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Vid ZARKOVIC
  Proleter Naftagas
  (189-G-75)
  Avg: 6
 1. Zarkovic, Prolet.6.0 
 2. Ljubicic, Metalac5.9 
 3. Vlahovic, Sloga5.3 
 4. Radivojevic, FMP5.2 
 5. Milisavljevi., Mega V.4.9 
 6. Covic, FMP4.7 
 7. Atanackovic, Prolet.4.3 
 8. Kocergin, Superfund4.1 
 9. Mitrovic, Beograd4.0 
 10. Kovacevic, Novi Sad3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ognjen KUZETA
  Novi Sad
  (194-G-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Kuzeta, Novi Sad2.7 
 2. Dundjerski, Beograd2.6 
 3. Gagovic, Prolet.2.3 
 4. Ljubicic, Metalac2.2 
 5. Mukanovic, Crnok.2.1 
 6. Marjanovic, Vojvo.2.1 
 7. Kovacevic, Novi Sad1.9 
 8. Jovic, Sloga1.9 
 9. Bocka, Crnokosa1.8 
 10. Tresac, Borac1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  T.E.Kashan
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Misanovic, Beograd1.9 
 2. Ilic, FMP1.4 
 3. Bircevic, Metalac1.2 
 4. Majkic, Prolet.1.1 
 5. Marjanovic, Vojvo.1.0 
 6. Cantekin, Mega V.1.0 
 7. Buric, Tamis0.9 
 8. Ljubojevic, Slobod.0.8 
 9. Kalinic, Novi Sad0.7 
 10. Dedijer, Borac0.7 


A League Round 24: No surprise as #1 FMP Zeleznik defeats Crnokosa - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in A League. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

A League top team - FMP Zeleznik (22-2) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. They already secured first place and a Superleague ticket. Beograd and Metalac also already booked a spot for the next stage. This time FMP crushed thirteenth ranked Crnokosa (9-15) in Beograd 87-52. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Crnokosa. The game without a history. FMP Zeleznik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Crnokosa to just 7 points in second quarter. FMP Zeleznik had a 30-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 59.3 percentage. FMP Zeleznik looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Crnokosa's players. Worth to mention a quality performance of guard Milos Dimic (195-G-89) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 4 assists and naturalized Bosnian center Mile Ilic (215-84, agency: Beo Basket) who added 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Milijan Bocka (186-82, agency: 011 Sports) with 23 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. FMP Zeleznik have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 22-2 record. Newly promoted Crnokosa keeps the thirteenth place with 15 games lost. FMP Zeleznik are looking forward to face Novi Sad (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Crnokosa will play against Borac (#11) in Cacak and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Novi Sad. Ninth ranked Vojvodina Srbijagas (11-13) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 8th ranked Sloboda (11-13) 74-71 in the fight for the seventh place. The winners were led by swingman Bogdan Riznic (202-90) who scored that evening 24 points (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) and Dejan Kovacevic supported him with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Even 18 points by guard Nikola Micevic (196-82) did not help to save the game for Sloboda. Vojvodina Srbijagas moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Sloboda Uzice and Novi Sad. Vojvodina Srbijagas will play against higher ranked Tamis (#5) in Pancevo in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sloboda will play at home against Proleter Naftagas in Zrenjanin and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game took place in Cacak where higher ranked Mega Vizura (14-10) was upset on the court of eleventh ranked Borac (10-14) 91-79 on Wednesday. The best player for the winners was Djordje Tresac who scored 14 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was Dusan Cvetkovic who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Borac moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Napredak and Proleter Naftagas. Mega Vizura at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. Borac will meet Crnokosa (#13) in the next round. Mega Vizura will play against Sloga (#6) in Kraljevo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Zrenjanin where 7th ranked Novi Sad (11-13) was upset on the court of tenth ranked Proleter Naftagas (10-14) 80-70. It was a good game for Zoran Majkic who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Proleter Naftagas maintains tenth position with 10-14 record, which they share with Napredak and Borac. Novi Sad lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 13 games lost. Proleter Naftagas' next round opponent will be higher ranked Sloboda (#8) in Uzice and it may be quite challenging game.
An interesting game took place in Krusevac where higher ranked Tamis (13-11) were upseton the court of twelfth ranked Napredak Rubin (10-14) 67-61 on Wednesday. Worth to mention a great performance of Nenad Sulovic who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 9 rebounds. Tamis' coach Bojan Jovicic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Napredak Rubin moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Proleter Naftagas and Borac. Loser Tamis keep the fifth position with 11 games lost. Napredak Rubin will face bottom-ranked Superfund BP (#14) in Beograd in the next round. Tamis will play at home against Vojvodina Srbijagas (#9) in Novi Sad.

In the last game of round 24 bottom-ranked Superfund were destroyed by Metalac on the opponent's court 20-0.


Borac - Mega Vizura 91-79

An interesting game took place in Cacak where higher ranked Mega Vizura (14-10) was upset on the court of eleventh ranked Borac (10-14) 91-79 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Borac led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 20 Mega Vizura turnovers. Strangely Mega Vizura outrebounded Borac 36-17 including 21 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was guard Djordje Tresac (192-87) who scored 14 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Power forward Filip Dedijer (206-88) chipped in 20 points. Five Borac players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was center Dusan Cvetkovic (205-89, agency: Beo Basket) who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and power forward Stevan Jelovac (208-89, agency: BeoExcell) added 16 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Borac moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Napredak and Proleter Naftagas. Mega Vizura at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. Borac will meet Crnokosa (#13) in the next round. Mega Vizura will play against Sloga (#6) in Kraljevo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Borac: F.Dedijer 20+3reb+2ast, N.Pesakovic 17+2reb+5ast, D.Tresac 14+6reb+6ast, N.Vasojevic 14+1reb+1ast, F.Pajevic 14+1reb, N.Todorovic 12+2reb
Mega Vizura: D.Cvetkovic 22+13reb+2ast, S.Jelovac 16+10reb+1ast, V.Micic 9+3ast, P.Reljic 8+5reb+3ast, M.Lukovic 7+2reb, N.Nikolic 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 109890


FMP - Crnokosa 87-52

A League top team - FMP Zeleznik (22-2) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Crnokosa (9-15) in Beograd 87-52. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Crnokosa. The game without a history. FMP Zeleznik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Crnokosa to just 7 points in second quarter. FMP Zeleznik had a 30-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 59.3 percentage. FMP Zeleznik looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Crnokosa's players. Worth to mention a quality performance of guard Milos Dimic (195-89) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 4 assists and naturalized Bosnian center Mile Ilic (215-84, agency: Beo Basket) who added 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Milijan Bocka (186-82, agency: 011 Sports) with 23 points and center Nemanja Karalic (207-88) scored 13 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. FMP Zeleznik have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 22-2 record. Newly promoted Crnokosa keeps the thirteenth place with 15 games lost. FMP Zeleznik are looking forward to face Novi Sad (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Crnokosa will play against Borac (#11) in Cacak and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
FMP: M.Dimic 19+4reb+4ast, A.Milutinovic 19+4reb+1ast, M.Ilic 11+11reb+4ast, S.Zivanovic 11+2reb+1ast, I.Smiljanic 8+4reb+2ast, M.Stojadinovic 7+3reb+2ast
Crnokosa: M.Bocka 23+2reb, N.Karalic 13+6reb, B.Djurovic 8+4reb+1ast, M.Petronijevic 3+1reb, M.Djurovic 3+3reb+1ast, S.Mladenovic 2+5reb
gschID: 109891


Proleter Naftagas - Novi Sad 80-70

An interesting game took place in Zrenjanin where 7th ranked Novi Sad (11-13) was upset on the court of tenth ranked Proleter Naftagas (10-14) 80-70. The game was mostly controlled by Proleter Naftagas. Novi Sad was better in second period 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for center Zoran Majkic (207-78, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Nenad Djoric (184-78, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 22 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Proleter Naftagas players scored in double figures. Forward Nikola Kalinic (202-91) replied with 15 points and 5 rebounds and guard Ognjen Kuzeta (194-87) added 13 points and 4 steals in the effort for Novi Sad. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Proleter Naftagas maintains tenth position with 10-14 record, which they share with Napredak and Borac. Novi Sad lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 13 games lost. Proleter Naftagas' next round opponent will be higher ranked Sloboda (#8) in Uzice and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Proleter Naftagas: Z.Majkic 24+8reb+1ast, N.Djoric 22+5ast, V.Gagovic 12+10reb, M.Vulin 11+7reb, P.Lambic 7, V.Vlaskovic 4+5reb+2ast
Novi Sad: N.Kalinic 15+5reb+1ast, O.Kuzeta 13+2reb+1ast, B.Vujosevic 10+1reb+5ast, D.Bunic 9+6reb, F.Sepa 5+3reb, S.Petkovic 5+2ast
gschID: 109892


Vojvodina - Sloboda Uzice 74-71

Important game to mention about took place in Novi Sad. Ninth ranked Vojvodina Srbijagas (11-13) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 8th ranked Sloboda (11-13) 74-71 in the fight for the seventh place. The hosts were ahead by 9 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 24-18 run, which allowed them to win the game. Vojvodina Srbijagas made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Vojvodina Srbijagas had a 24-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. Sloboda was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by swingman Bogdan Riznic (202-90) who scored that evening 24 points (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) and guard Dejan Kovacevic (195-89, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Even 18 points by guard Nikola Micevic (196-82) did not help to save the game for Sloboda. Center Novak Popovic (207-81, agency: 011 Sports) added 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Sloboda players scored in double figures. Vojvodina Srbijagas moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Sloboda Uzice and Novi Sad. Vojvodina Srbijagas will play against higher ranked Tamis (#5) in Pancevo in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sloboda will play at home against Proleter Naftagas in Zrenjanin and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Vojvodina: B.Riznic 24+3reb, D.Kovacevic 13+8reb+3ast, A.Jevdjic 10+3reb, M.Popovic 7+5reb+8ast, G.Pobric 6+3reb, M.Marjanovic 6+3reb+2ast
Sloboda Uzice: N.Micevic 18+3reb+3ast, N.Popovic 17+6reb, B.Andjic 13+2reb, N.Marinkovic 10+3reb+2ast, S.Fekete 9+4reb+4ast, N.Arsic 2+2reb
gschID: 109893


Napredak - Tamis 67-61

An interesting game took place in Krusevac where higher ranked Tamis (13-11) were upseton the court of twelfth ranked Napredak Rubin (10-14) 67-61 on Wednesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Tamis won third quarter 16-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Nenad Sulovic (202-85) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Marko Puzic (198-85) who added 12 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Five Napredak Rubin players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Branko Jereminov (187-87) with 20 points and guard Davor Perak (198-83) scored 10 points. Tamis' coach Bojan Jovicic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Napredak Rubin moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Proleter Naftagas and Borac. Loser Tamis keep the fifth position with 11 games lost. Napredak Rubin will face bottom-ranked Superfund BP (#14) in Beograd in the next round. Tamis will play at home against Vojvodina Srbijagas (#9) in Novi Sad.
Top scorers:
Napredak: N.Sulovic 16+9reb+2ast, S.Pejovic 15+2reb+2ast, P.Beader 13+1reb+1ast, M.Puzic 12+8reb, S.Cupkovic 10+3reb+1ast, L.Milojevic 1
Tamis: B.Jereminov 20+2reb+3ast, D.Perak 10+3reb+1ast, D.Buric 10+3reb, M.Radenkovic 9+5reb, Z.Pasuj 4, B.Stajic 4+2reb+1ast

gschID: 109894
Metalac - Superfund 20-0


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Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Adam MCCOY
  Vahostav-Zilina
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. McCoy, Svit26.6 
 2. Fears, Prievidza23.5 
 3. Booker, Prievidza23.1 
 4. Burrows, Komarno22.1 
 5. Sapp, Pezinok20.2 
 6. Delic, Handlova20.2 
 7. Carter, Vahostav.20.0 
 8. Tomek, Nitra19.4 
 9. Jackson, Komarno19.2 
 10. Szalay, Prievidza18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Branislav TOMEK
  Nitra
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Tomek, Nitra12.4 
 2. Szalay, Prievidza11.4 
 3. Jackson, Komarno11.2 
 4. Delic, Handlova8.9 
 5. Erwin, Nitra8.7 
 6. Johnson, Nova Ves8.3 
 7. Micuda, Pezinok8.2 
 8. Carter, Vahostav.8.2 
 9. Velcic, B.Bystrica7.6 
 10. Burrows, Komarno7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Johnathon JONES
  Komarno
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Jones, Komarno6.6 
 2. Moore, Nitra6.6 
 3. Jefferson, Nova Ves5.7 
 4. Booker, Prievidza5.5 
 5. Fears, Prievidza5.5 
 6. Gavlak, Handlova4.5 
 7. Sapp, Pezinok4.4 
 8. Kostomaj, Levice4.3 
 9. Wheeler, Inter B.4.1 
 10. Milosevic, Pezinok4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Prievidza
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Fears, Prievidza2.9 
 2. Carter, Vahostav.2.6 
 3. Nuber, Handlova2.5 
 4. Jefferson, Nova Ves2.2 
 5. Moore, Nitra2.1 
 6. Sapp, Pezinok2.0 
 7. Jones, Komarno1.9 
 8. Velcic, B.Bystrica1.8 
 9. Zavodny, Vahost.1.8 
 10. Erwin, Nitra1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Duane ERWIN
  Nitra
  (206-F-82)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Erwin, Nitra4.4 
 2. Toroman, Levice4.3 
 3. Szalay, Prievidza2.8 
 4. Klein, Levice2.7 
 5. Montgomery, Nitra2.3 
 6. Micuda, Pezinok1.9 
 7. Mroz, Nova Ves1.5 
 8. Votroubek, Svit1.5 
 9. Jackson, Komarno1.4 
 10. Batka, Nova Ves1.3 


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1B Stats Leaders
1B Standings
 1. Rogaska 18-2 
 2. Sencur CP 17-3 
 3. Kraski Zidar 15-5 
 4. Splosna plovba 14-6 
 5. Grosuplje 12-8 
 6. Hrastnik 12-8 
 7. Litija 11-9 
 8. Radovljica 9-11 
 9. Primorac Branik 7-13 
 10. KD Postojna 7-13 
 11. Nova Gorica 6-14 
 12. Medvode 6-14 
 13. Triglav Kranj 4-16 
 14. Konjice 2-18 


1B Round 20: Sencur CP loses to Hrastnik - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Kranj between second ranked Sencur CP (17-3) and seventh ranked Hrastnik (12-8) on Saturday night. Sencur CP was defeated by Hrastnik in a tough game at home 76-85. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Sencur CP. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sencur CP won third quarter 25-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hrastnik made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Sencur CP helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Tadej Tusek (194-F-80, agency: World Sport Agency) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Drago Brcina (203-87) contributed with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Power forward Stefan Kosec (195-83) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for Sencur CP. Sencur CP's coach Gregor Jeras rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Hrastnik have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Grosuplje. Sencur CP at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. Hrastnik is looking forward to face KD Postojna (#10) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Sencur CP's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Kranj Triglav Kranj.
1B top team - Rogaska (18-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eighth ranked Radovljica (9-11) 94-87. Worth to mention a quality performance of power forward Igor Spesic (204-83) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 7 rebounds and Zeljko Jotic who added 20 points during the contest. Rogaska's coach Matej Baksic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Jurij Ucman (185-86) responded with 18 points and 6 assists. Rogaska have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-2 record. Newly promoted Radovljica keeps the eighth place with 11 games lost. Rogaska will play against bottom-ranked Konjice (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Radovljica will play against Primorac Branik (#9) in Maribor and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Litija (11-9) and Primorac Branik (7-13), which took place in Litija. 7th ranked Litija lost at home to tenth ranked Primorac Branik 68-76 on Wednesday. Primorac Branik moved-up to ninth place, which they share with KD Postojna. Loser Litija keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Primorac Branik will meet higher ranked Radovljica (#8) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Litija will play against Nova Gorica and hope to secure a win.
The game between third ranked Kraski Zidar (15-5) and 14th ranked Konjice (2-18) in Sezana ended with biggest points difference. Kraski Zidar outscored guests from Konjice 110-78. The best player for the winners was Marko Likar who scored 24 points and 5 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kraski Zidar have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 15-5 record having just three points less than leader Rogaska. Konjice lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 18 lost games. Kraski Zidar's next round opponent will be Medvode (#12) at home and are hoping to win another game. Konjice will play against the league's leader Rogaska in Rogaska Slatina.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 20: Grosuplje beat KD Postojna on the road 78-63. Medvode lost to Triglav Kranj on its own court 57-68. Nova Gorica unfortunately lost to Splosna plovba in Portoroz 66-78.
The most impressive performance of 20th round was 26 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists by Tomaz Jereb of Konjice.


KD Postojna - Grosuplje 63-78

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Grosuplje (12-8) beat on the road 9th ranked KD Postojna (7-13) 78-63. The game was mostly controlled by Grosuplje. KD Postojna was better in third quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Grosuplje maintains fifth position with 12-8 record, which they share with Hrastnik. KD Postojna at the other side keeps the ninth place with 13 games lost. Grosuplje's next round opponent will be higher ranked Splosna plovba (#4) in Portoroz and it may be quite challenging game. KD Postojna will play at home against Hrastnik (#6).
gschID: 89597


Sencur CP - Hrastnik 76-85

The most important game in the last round took place in Kranj between second ranked Sencur CP (17-3) and seventh ranked Hrastnik (12-8) on Saturday night. Sencur CP was defeated by Hrastnik in a tough game at home 76-85. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Sencur CP. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sencur CP won third quarter 25-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hrastnik made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Sencur CP helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Tadej Tusek (194-80, agency: World Sport Agency) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Drago Brcina (203-87) contributed with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Power forward Stefan Kosec (195-83) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and the former international forward Roman Horvat (200-71) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Sencur CP. Five Hrastnik and four Sencur CP players scored in double figures. Sencur CP's coach Gregor Jeras rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Hrastnik have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Grosuplje. Sencur CP at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. Hrastnik is looking forward to face KD Postojna (#10) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Sencur CP's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Kranj Triglav Kranj.
Top scorers:
Hrastnik: T.Tusek 22+6reb+4ast, M.Babic 18+4reb+1ast, Z.Koritnik 15+6reb+1ast, D.Brcina 15+8reb+4ast, Z.Percel 10+5reb, M.Vajdic 3+4reb
Sencur CP: S.Kosec 19+11reb+1ast, R.Horvat 13+6reb+1ast, J.Hladnik 10+5reb, U.Troppan 10+1reb+1ast, A.Urbanc 7+3reb+1ast, D.Buncic 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 89598


Medvode - Triglav Kranj 57-68

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 12th ranked Medvode (6-14) lost at home to thirteenth ranked Triglav Kranj (4-16) 68-57. It looked good early as Medvode took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Triglav Kranj had a 21-18 second period charge getting the lead and Medvode was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 57-68. The best player for the winners was guard Milos Varagic (195-87) who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Slavko Ovcina (198-78) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four Triglav Kranj players scored in double figures. Forward Andraz Podobnik (198-88) produced 13 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Franko Primoz (195-88) added 10 points respectively for the hosts. Medvode's coach Ales Miklic tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Triglav Kranj maintains thirteenth position with 4-16 record. Medvode lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh place with 14 games lost. Triglav Kranj's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Sencur CP in Kranj and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Triglav Kranj: M.Varagic 18+6reb+2ast, Z.Markus 16+3reb, S.Ovcina 13+7reb, U.Ninic 12+5reb+1ast, R.Jakobcic 5+11reb+1ast, L.Grum 2
Medvode: A.Podobnik 13+6reb, F.Primoz 10+4reb+1ast, A.Macek 9, Z.Drvaric 7+4reb, M.Cilgic 6+1reb+1ast, Z.Jenko 5+3reb
gschID: 89599


Radovljica - Rogaska 87-94

1B top team - Rogaska (18-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eighth ranked Radovljica (9-11) 94-87. The guests were ahead by 7 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 29-21 run, which allowed them to win the game. Radovljica was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a quality performance of power forward Igor Spesic (204-83) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 7 rebounds and guard Zeljko Jotic (185-89) who added 20 points during the contest. Rogaska's coach Matej Baksic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Jurij Ucman (185-86) responded with 18 points and 6 assists and center Milan Klepo (211-80) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Five Radovljica players scored in double figures. Rogaska have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-2 record. Newly promoted Radovljica keeps the eighth place with 11 games lost. Rogaska will play against bottom-ranked Konjice (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Radovljica will play against Primorac Branik (#9) in Maribor and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rogaska: I.Spesic 25+7reb, Z.Jotic 20+1reb, S.Smajlovic 13+4reb, B.Pungartnik 10, M.Petrovic 9+5reb+1ast, J.Pesic 8+1reb
Radovljica: A.Primc 20, J.Ucman 18+3reb+6ast, U.Ivanovic 18+6reb+1ast, M.Klepo 14+11reb+1ast, M.Pirija 14+2reb+1ast, L.Zavrsnik 3+6reb+1ast
gschID: 89594


Litija - Primorac Branik 68-76

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Litija (11-9) and Primorac Branik (7-13), which took place in Litija. 7th ranked Litija lost at home to tenth ranked Primorac Branik 68-76 on Wednesday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-13. But Litija won second period 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Primorac Branik moved-up to ninth place, which they share with KD Postojna. Loser Litija keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Primorac Branik will meet higher ranked Radovljica (#8) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Litija will play against Nova Gorica and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 89595


Splosna plovba - Nova Gorica 78-66

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Splosna plovba (14-6) won against 11th ranked Nova Gorica (6-14) in Portoroz 78-66. Nova Gorica was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 24-9 charge of Splosna plovba, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 21 Nova Gorica turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Nova Gorica's players. The best player for the winners was center Pavel Djurkovic (206-79) who scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Tomaz Podboj (185-86) chipped in 23 points. Splosna plovba's coach Konstantin Subotic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international forward Dalibor Petrovic (198-75) produced 18 points and 6 rebounds and guard Tine Horvat (184-91) added 12 points respectively for the guests. Four Nova Gorica players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Splosna plovba maintains fourth position with 14-6 record. Nova Gorica lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 14 games lost. Splosna plovba's next round opponent will be Grosuplje (#5) in Grosuplje. Nova Gorica will play on the road against Litija (#7).
Top scorers:
Splosna plovba: D.Moro 26+1reb, T.Podboj 23+4reb+3ast, P.Djurkovic 20+9reb+2ast, J.Drenik 4+3ast, S.Milovic 3+4reb+6ast, R.Perko 2+2reb+8ast
Nova Gorica: D.Petrovic 18+6reb+2ast, M.Marcetic 13+4reb+1ast, T.Horvat 12+4reb+3ast, G.Kuburic 10+2reb+2ast, R.Rituper 9+8reb+1ast, D.Lazic 2
gschID: 89596


Kraski Zidar - Konjice 110-78

The game between third ranked Kraski Zidar (15-5) and 14th ranked Konjice (2-18) in Sezana ended with biggest points difference. Kraski Zidar outscored guests from Konjice 110-78. The game without a history. Kraski Zidar led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Konjice to just 2 points in first quarter. Kraski Zidar shot 63.3 percent from the field and made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Kraski Zidar forced 19 Konjice turnovers. They shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 57.7 percentage. Kraski Zidar players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. The best player for the winners was swingman Marko Likar (195-78) who scored 24 points and 5 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Forward Mirnes Husic (203-85) chipped in 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Five Kraski Zidar players scored in double figures. Guard Tomaz Jereb (192-91) produced 26 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and power forward Bostjan Sivka (200-76) added 24 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kraski Zidar have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 15-5 record having just three points less than leader Rogaska. Konjice lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 18 lost games. Kraski Zidar's next round opponent will be Medvode (#12) at home and are hoping to win another game. Konjice will play against the league's leader Rogaska in Rogaska Slatina.
Top scorers:
Kraski Zidar: M.Likar 24+1reb+5ast, M.Husic 18+6reb+4ast, N.Buda 18+4reb+2ast, M.Meden 15+4ast, V.Furlan 12+4reb+2ast, Z.Lazarevski 10+2reb+1ast
Konjice: T.Jereb 26+6reb+8ast, B.Sivka 24+5reb+1ast, T.Rap 10+4reb+1ast, A.Gacnik 8+1reb+1ast, A.Brodnjak 3+3reb, T.Lajnscek 3+2reb
gschID: 89593




Cresnar leaves Lithuania - by Zeljko Zule
Former Slovenian U-20 national team member Blaz Cresnar (214-C-86) parted ways with Lithuanian team Nevezis for personal reasons. He averaged 7.1 points (2P 47%, 3P 33%, FT 58%), 4.8 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.5 blocks in 15 Lithuanian League games and 7.2 points (2P 49%, 3P 67%, FT 62%), 4.6 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 1.3 blocks over 19 games of Baltic League this season. Cresnararrived to Nevezis at the start of his season from Latvian side Valmiera.

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DStv PBL: Pillars ends Kada invicibility, Hoopers makes it 1-1 on road - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Defending champion of the DStv Premier Basketball League, Kano Pillars basketball club last weekend proved that its the true champion of the Nigeria league when it ended the invicibility of reigning Savannah conference leader, Kada Stars basketball club of Kaduna.

Kada Stars, host of the week-5 high-profile pairing lost to the visitor by as much as 22-point margin of 67-89 points with Pillars being the only team in the conference yet to taste defeat, 2009/2010 runner-up Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt makes it a 1-1 record on its mission to Lagos losing to Islanders basketball club of Lagos by 73-70 points but woke up to defeat Dodan Warriors basketball club of Lagos by 88-87 points to move to the second spot in the Atalntic conference with a 4-1 record.

In other week-5 games decided last weekend Comets basketball club continue its fine run in the Atlantic conference beating Police Baton basketball club in a local derby by 73-58 points.

The former Nigeria league champion took the first, third and fourth quarters by 17-08, 25-12 and 23-18 points respectively losing the second quarter to the Baton by 08-20 points. Yelwa Hawks basketball club of Bauchi recorded an away win over Tapgun Rockets basketball club of Jos by 76-68 points; Nigeria Immigration basketball club of Kano pipped visiting Plateau Peaks basketball club of Jos by 73-61 points for its first win of the season while Bauchi Nets basketball club walked-over Niger Potters basketball club of Minna.

Week-5 Results

Atlantic Conference
Union Bank 83-54 Chariots
Islanders 73-70 Royal Hoopers
Dodan Warriors 87-88 Royal Hoopers
Comets 73-58 Police Baton

Savannah conference
Tapgun Rockets 68-76 Yelwa Hawks
Kada Stars 67-89 Kano Pillars
Bauchi Nets 20-00 Niger Potters (W/O)
Immigration 73-61 Plateau Peaks



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Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Sonic Boom KT 34-14 
 2. Elephants 34-14 
 3. Dongbu Promy 30-18 
 4. KCC Egis 30-19 
 5. Samsung Th. 26-21 
 6. LG Sakers 22-26 
 7. SK Knights 21-27 
 8. Mobis Phoebus 16-31 
 9. Anyang KGC 15-33 
 10. Daegu Orions 12-37 


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Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
 1. CB Murcia 23-3 
 2. Obradoiro 22-4 
 3. Burgos 21-5 
 4. Caceres 16-10 
 5. Leon 16-10 
 6. La Laguna 14-12 
 7. Melilla 14-12 
 8. Navarra 13-13 
 9. Girona 13-13 
 10. Lleida 12-14 
 11. La Palma 11-15 
 12. Breogan 10-16 
 13. Clinicas Rincon 10-16 
 14. Palencia 9-17 
 15. CB Tarragona 9-17 
 16. Alcazar 8-18 
 17. Huesca 8-18 
 18. Ourense 5-21 


Standings - LEB Silver
LEB Silver Standings
 1. Clavijo 18-3 
 2. Mallorca 17-4 
 3. Andorra 16-6 
 4. Plasencia 14-8 
 5. Promobys 13-8 
 6. Prat Juventud 12-10 
 7. ADT Tarragona 11-10 
 8. Oviedo Feve 9-12 
 9. Regal FC II 9-12 
 10. Avila 8-13 
 11. Guadalajara 7-14 
 12. Illescas 7-15 
 13. Santurtzi 7-15 
 14. Coruna 7-15 
 15. Lan Mobel ISB 6-16 


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Matt WITT
  Clavijo
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Witt, Clavijo16.6 
 2. Barcelo, Plasencia16.4 
 3. Ratzsch, Oviedo F.15.6 
 4. Mortellaro, Lan M.14.9 
 5. Bivia, Mallorca14.8 
 6. O''Leary, Oviedo F.14.7 
 7. Justo, Avila14.6 
 8. Bratton, Lan M.14.6 
 9. Ramsdell, Avila14.6 
 10. Garcia, Illescas14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Guadalajara
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Lawal, Guadalajara10.8 
 2. O''Leary, Oviedo F.9.3 
 3. Chubrevich, Illescas8.3 
 4. Larry, Regal F.7.7 
 5. Mesa, Clavijo7.7 
 6. De Santana, Clavijo7.7 
 7. Mortellaro, Lan M.7.6 
 8. Ramsdell, Avila7.4 
 9. Howard, Andorra7.1 
 10. Todorovic, Prat J.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Matt WITT
  Clavijo
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Witt, Clavijo5.7 
 2. Uriz, Santurtzi5.0 
 3. Lopez, Coruna4.7 
 4. Ibargutxi, Lan M.4.6 
 5. Marco, ADT T.4.3 
 6. Bivia, Mallorca4.0 
 7. Rufian, Promobys3.6 
 8. Bavosi, Promobys3.3 
 9. Zamora, Andorra3.3 
 10. Suarez, Oviedo Feve3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kim ADAMS
  Coruna
  (203-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Adams, Coruna2.1 
 2. Barcelo, Plasencia2.1 
 3. Uriz, Santurtzi2.0 
 4. Martinez, Plasencia1.9 
 5. Guirao, ADT T.1.9 
 6. Ramsey, Promobys1.7 
 7. Pampin, Mallorca1.6 
 8. Creus, Regal F.1.6 
 9. Witt, Clavijo1.6 
 10. Larry, Regal F.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Bismack BIYOMBO
  Fuenlabrada
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Biyombo, Illescas1.9 
 2. Mbaye, Regal F.1.8 
 3. Todorovic, Prat J.1.3 
 4. Lawal, Guadalajara1.3 
 5. Conde, Avila1.2 
 6. Cage, ADT Tarragona1.1 
 7. De Santana, Clavijo1.1 
 8. Adams, Coruna1.0 
 9. Johnson, Andorra0.9 
 10. Marti, Prat J.0.9 


LEB Silver Round 23: Plasencia Extremadura wins overtime game against Fontedoso Carrefour - by Eurobasket News
Ninth-ranked Fontedoso Carrefour (8-13) gave a tough game to fifth ranked Plasencia Extremadura (14-8) on Wednesday. Plasencia Extremadura needed two overtimes to secure at the end comfortable 106-90 win. However their fans expected much easier game. 26 personal fouls committed by Fontedoso Carrefour helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for swingman Jonathan Barcelo (192-F/G-79) who led his team to a victory scoring 31 points and 6 assists. Swingman Ruben Martinez (196-85) helped adding 22 points and 5 rebounds. Plasencia Extremadura's coach Rafa Gomariz used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard David Garcia (190-80) responded with 31 points and 8 rebounds. Plasencia Extremadura have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. Fontedoso Carrefour at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. Plasencia Extremadura are looking forward to face ADT Tarragona (#7) on the road in the next round. Fontedoso Carrefour will play against CB Guadalajara and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Andorra. 3rd placed host River Andorra (16-6) lost to first ranked CB Clavijo (18-3) 73-69. It was an exceptional evening for center David Mesa (200-80) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. Sidnei De Santana accounted for 8 points and 14 rebounds. Swingman Pablo Sanchez (197-81) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for River Andorra in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for CB Clavijo. They maintain first place with 18-3 record. River Andorra at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. CB Clavijo will play against Prat Juventud (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. River Andorra will have a break next round.
The game in Prat was also quite interesting. 4th placed Promobys Tijola (13-8) played at the court of sixth ranked Prat Juventud (12-10). Prat Juventud did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 73-56 on Wednesday. The best player for the winners was Alejandro Barrera who scored 16 points. Victor Perez produced 13 points for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Prat Juventud. They maintain sixth place with 12-10 record. Loser Promobys Tijola dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Prat Juventud will meet league's leader CB Clavijo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Promobys Tijola will play against CB Illescas (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Fourteenth ranked CB Guadalajara (7-14) crushed at home 12th ranked Santurtzi (7-15) by 18 points 74-56, which is the biggest margin this round. Deforrest Smith orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. CB Guadalajara's coach Roman Peinado allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. CB Guadalajara moved-up to eleventh place. Santurtzi lost their third game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 15 games lost. CB Guadalajara's next round opponent will be higher ranked Fontedoso Carrefour (#10) in Avila and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Santurtzi will play at home against Regal FC II in Barcelona.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 23: ADT Tarragona won against Illescas on the opponent's court 77-67. Mallorca managed to outperform Lan Mobel ISB in a home game 95-85. Coruna recorded a loss to Regal FC II on the road 62-53.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 25 points, 18 rebounds and 4 blocks by Alexey Chubrevich of Illescas.


Illescas - ADT Tarragona 67-77

Very expected game when 11th ranked CB Illescas (7-15) was defeated at home by seventh ranked ADT Tarragona (11-10) 77-67. The game was mostly controlled by ADT Tarragona. CB Illescas was better in second period 26-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Center Eduard Riu (202-82) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 8 rebounds. Jose Antonio Marco (180-89) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Israeli center Alexey Chubrevich (212-86, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 18 rebounds and 4 blocks and forward Alvaro Munoz (195-90) added 17 points in the effort for CB Illescas. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. ADT Tarragona maintains seventh place with 11-10 record. CB Illescas at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with 15 games lost. ADT Tarragona's next round opponent will be higher ranked Plasencia Extremadura (#4) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CB Illescas will play against Promobys Tijola (#5).
Top scorers:
ADT Tarragona: E.Riu 14+8reb+2ast, J.Antonio Marco 13+2reb+3ast, J.Bataller 9+2reb+1ast, D.Stribling 9+3reb, E.Cage 7+5reb, D.Vinas 7+2reb+1ast
Illescas: A.Chubrevich 25+18reb, A.Munoz 17+2reb+2ast, H.Garcia 8+3reb, C.SEKOU CONDE 6+5reb, C.FILIP ADRIAN 5+4reb, J.Machuca 4+1ast
gschID: 98510


Prat Juventud - Promobys 73-56

The game in Prat was also quite interesting. 4th placed Promobys Tijola (13-8) played at the court of sixth ranked Prat Juventud (12-10). Prat Juventud did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 73-56 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Prat Juventud led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Prat Juventud forced 26 Promobys Tijola turnovers. The best player for the winners was power forward Alejandro Barrera (199-92) who scored 16 points. The former international guard Jaume Comas (186-74) chipped in 7 points and 6 assists. Swingman Victor Perez (193-82) produced 13 points and Rafael Rufian (184-82) added 11 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Prat Juventud. They maintain sixth place with 12-10 record. Loser Promobys Tijola dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Prat Juventud will meet league's leader CB Clavijo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Promobys Tijola will play against CB Illescas (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Prat Juventud: A.Barrera 16+1reb, M.Todorovic 10+3reb, A.Ventura 9+5reb, C.Sanmartin 8+2reb, J.Comas 7+3reb+6ast, C.Bravo 7+4reb
Promobys: V.Perez 13+3reb+1ast, R.Rufian 11+1reb+3ast, I.Matemalas 9+2reb, R.McDade 7+7reb+1ast, L.Parejo 7, B.Castillo 3+1reb
gschID: 98511


Andorra - Clavijo 69-73

The game between Top Four teams took place in Andorra. 3rd placed host River Andorra (16-6) lost to first ranked CB Clavijo (18-3) 73-69. The guests were ahead by 5 points but lost the second period ending it with a 10-point deficit before their 29-15 run, which allowed them to win the game. River Andorra was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for center David Mesa (200-80) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. Center Sidnei De Santana (215-83) accounted for 8 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side. Four CB Clavijo players scored in double figures. Swingman Pablo Sanchez (197-81) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and American guard James Holmes (188-83, college: S.Florida) added 22 points respectively for River Andorra in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for CB Clavijo. They maintain first place with 18-3 record. River Andorra at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. CB Clavijo will play against Prat Juventud (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. River Andorra will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Clavijo: D.Mesa 15+13reb+1ast, E.Suarez 14+4reb+1ast, M.Witt 13+4reb+4ast, A.Ott 11+3reb, S.De Santana 8+14reb, A.Rodriguez 6+2reb
Andorra: J.Holmes 22+2reb+1ast, P.Sanchez 13+12reb+1ast, A.Matali 10+8reb+2ast, R.Johnson 7+2reb, A.Ros 5+3reb+1ast, J.Santamaria 4+1ast
gschID: 98512


Mallorca - Lan Mobel ISB 95-85

Very predictable result when second ranked Basquet Mallorca (17-4) defeated at home bottom-ranked Lan Mobel ISB (6-16) 95-85. The game was mostly controlled by Basquet Mallorca. Lan Mobel ISB was better in third quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Basquet Mallorca players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Joan Carles Bivia (185-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 5 assists. American forward Shaun Green (203-87, college: Utah, agency: Limelight Hoops) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Basquet Mallorca players scored in double figures. Basquet Mallorca's coach Xavi Sastre allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American swingman Reginald Bratton (193-86, college: Lenoir-Rhyne) answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward Anthony Paez (198-84, college: Stephen F. Austin, agency: JEMsports) added 24 points in the effort for Lan Mobel ISB. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Basquet Mallorca. Basquet Mallorca maintains second place with 17-4 record behind leader Clavijo. Lan Mobel ISB lost their seventh game in a row. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Basquet Mallorca's next round opponent will be Leyma Basquet (#14) in Coruna which should be an easy win for them. Lan Mobel ISB will play at home against Feve Oviedo.
Top scorers:
Mallorca: J.Carles Bivia 25+4reb+5ast, S.Green 17+7reb+2ast, M.Axton 14+2reb, A.Jaume Vicens 12+4reb+1ast, S.Alonso 11+5reb+4ast, I.Torres 9+3reb+2ast
Lan Mobel ISB: A.Paez 24+1reb+1ast, R.Bratton 16+9reb+2ast, S.De La Fuente 9+2reb+2ast, C.Mortellaro 9+10reb+4ast, J.Ibargutxi 8+2reb+8ast, X.Osa 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 98506


Regal FC II - Coruna 62-53

Not a big story in a game in Barcelona where 13th ranked Leyma Basquet (7-15) was defeated by tenth ranked Regal FC II (9-12) 62-53. Leyma Basquet was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 32-21 second half run of Regal FC II. Guard Eduardo Jimenez (188-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Josep Marcos (187-78) contributed with 11 points for the winners. American power forward Kim Adams (203-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Strategic Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds and power forward Jose Ramon Esmoris (202-75) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Leyma Basquet. Leyma Basquet's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Regal FC II moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Oviedo Feve. Leyma Basquet at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Regal FC II's next round opponent will be Santurtzi (#13) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Leyma Basquet will play against the league's second-placed Basquet Mallorca and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Regal FC II: E.Jimenez 15+9reb+2ast, J.Marcos 11+3reb+3ast, M.Acosta 8+4reb, A.Aparicio 8+5reb+1ast, R.Larry 8+7reb, S.Drame 4+4reb+1ast
Coruna: B.Wierzbicki 12+1reb, K.Adams 10+14reb+2ast, J.Ramon Esmoris 9+5reb+1ast, V.Hidalgo 9+5reb+1ast, A.Seijo 8+2reb+3ast, L.Lopez 2+4reb+5ast
gschID: 98507


Guadalajara - Santurtzi 74-56

Fourteenth ranked CB Guadalajara (7-14) crushed at home 12th ranked Santurtzi (7-15) by 18 points 74-56, which is the biggest margin this round. It looked good early as Santurtzi took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then CB Guadalajara had a 22-7 second period charge getting the lead and Santurtzi was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 56-74. CB Guadalajara dominated on the defensive end, holding Santurtzi to just 7 points in second quarter. They made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. CB Guadalajara forced 26 Santurtzi turnovers. American swingman Deforrest Smith (198-84, college: Southern, agency: KMG Sports Management) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Raul Lazaro (195-87) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Four CB Guadalajara players scored in double figures. CB Guadalajara's coach Roman Peinado allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Marcos Casado (183-83) answered with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and forward Eduardo Hernandez (197-81) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Santurtzi. CB Guadalajara moved-up to eleventh place. Santurtzi lost their third game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 15 games lost. CB Guadalajara's next round opponent will be higher ranked Fontedoso Carrefour (#10) in Avila and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Santurtzi will play at home against Regal FC II in Barcelona.
Top scorers:
Guadalajara: R.Lazaro 18+4reb+2ast, R.Nunez 15+1reb, S.Fernandez 14+3reb+1ast, D.Smith 12+12reb+2ast, M.Van Schaik 6+2reb, J.Barra 4+2reb
Santurtzi: E.Hernandez 17+5reb+1ast, M.Casado 15+5reb+8ast, R.Read 8+3reb, U.Calbarro 8+10reb+1ast, N.Higgs 5+4reb, A.Torres 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 98508


Plasencia - Avila 106-90 OT2

Ninth-ranked Fontedoso Carrefour (8-13) gave a tough game to fifth ranked Plasencia Extremadura (14-8) on Wednesday. Plasencia Extremadura managed to secure only sixteen-point victory 106-90. However their fans expected much easier game. 26 personal fouls committed by Fontedoso Carrefour helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for swingman Jonathan Barcelo (192-79) who led his team to a victory scoring 31 points and 6 assists. Swingman Ruben Martinez (196-85) helped adding 22 points and 5 rebounds. Plasencia Extremadura's coach Rafa Gomariz used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard David Garcia (190-80) responded with 31 points and 8 rebounds and American power forward Charles Ramsdell (208-85, college: Tulsa, agency: Court Side) scored 24 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Plasencia Extremadura have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place. Fontedoso Carrefour at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. Plasencia Extremadura are looking forward to face ADT Tarragona (#7) on the road in the next round. Fontedoso Carrefour will play against CB Guadalajara and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Plasencia: J.Barcelo 31+4reb+6ast, R.Martinez 22+5reb, A.Howard 15+4reb+1ast, R.Rueda 14+1reb+7ast, M.Calvo 13+6reb+2ast, G.Gitterer 7+13reb+1ast
Avila: D.Garcia 31+8reb+2ast, C.Ramsdell 24+4reb+1ast, K.Cipruss 11+9reb+2ast, J.Merino 10+1reb+1ast, G.Justo 8+1reb, X.Lopez 4+1reb+7ast
gschID: 98509




LEB Gold Round 26: Obradoiro CAB edges Ourense by two points - by Eurobasket News
Eighteenth-ranked Ourense (5-21) made lots of trouble for second ranked Obradoiro CAB (22-4) on Wednesday. The visitors from Santoago de Comp managed to secure only two-point victory 66-64. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 19-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Puerto Rican Andres Rodriguez (182-81, college: American) who scored 16 points. The other American import forward Michael Ruffin (203-77, college: Tulsa) chipped in 8 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Jose Salvador Arco (194-84) produced 23 points for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Obradoiro CAB maintains second position with 22-4 record behind leader CB Murcia. Ourense lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. Obradoiro CAB are looking forward to face Palencia Baloncesto (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Ourense will play against Lobe Huesca (#17) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was between seventh ranked La Laguna and 4th ranked Caceres 2016 where host La Laguna (14-12) won against Caceres 2016 (16-10) with 17-point difference 100-83. The former international power forward Ricardo Guillen (205-76) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 7 rebounds. Albert Sabat contributed with 27 points and 5 assists for the winners. La Laguna's coach Alejandro Martinez allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Ryan Humphrey (203-79, college: Notre Dame, agency: Priority Sports) replied with 20 points and 7 rebounds for Caceres 2016. La Laguna have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Melilla. Caceres 2016 at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. They share it with Leon. La Laguna will play against Grupo Iruna Navarra (#8) in Pamplona in the next round. Caceres 2016 will play at home against Leche Rio Breogan (#12) in Lugo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Leader CB Murcia delivered the twentieth third victory on Wednesday night. This time they beat 9th ranked Lleida Basquet (12-14) 82-66. Vitor Faverani scored 10 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. CB Murcia's coach Luis Guil used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Alhaji Mohammed responded with 18 points. CB Murcia (23-3) have an impressive 14-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Loser Lleida Basquet dropped to the tenth place with 14 games lost. CB Murcia will meet Ford Burgos (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Lleida Basquet will play against Baloncesto Leon (#5) and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Palencia, where higher ranked Girona FC (13-13) was outleveled in a road game by fifteenth ranked Palencia Baloncesto (9-17) 85-61. Adrian Moss notched a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Palencia Baloncesto moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with CB Tarragona. Girona FC at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. Palencia Baloncesto's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Obradoiro CAB in Santoago de Comp and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
An interesting game took place in Lugo, where higher ranked Leche Rio Breogan (10-16) lost at home to seventeenth ranked Lobe Huesca (8-18) 75-80 on Wednesday. The best player for the winners was Stevie Johnson who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Lobe Huesca's coach Angel Navarro used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Lobe Huesca moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with Alcazar. Loser Leche Rio Breogan keeps the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Lobe Huesca will face bottom-ranked Ourense (#18) at home in the next round.

Rest of the games of round 26 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Navarra defeated Alcazar in Pamplona 72-67. Leon beat La Palma at home 77-65. Burgos won against Clinicas Rincon on the opponent's court 71-67. CB Tarragona unfortunately lost to Melilla in a home game 73-84.
The best stats of 26th round was 16 points and 18 rebounds by Kahiem Seawright of Leon.



La Laguna - Caceres 100-83

Another exciting game was between seventh ranked La Laguna and 4th ranked Caceres 2016 where host La Laguna (14-12) won against Caceres 2016 (16-10) with 17-point difference 100-83. The game was mostly controlled by La Laguna. Caceres 2016 was better in second period 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. La Laguna shot the lights out from three nailing 18 long-distance shots on high 52.9 percentage. The former international power forward Ricardo Guillen (205-76) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 7 rebounds. Albert Sabat (187-85) contributed with 27 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four La Laguna players scored in double figures. La Laguna's coach Alejandro Martinez allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Ryan Humphrey (203-79, college: Notre Dame, agency: Priority Sports) replied with 20 points and 7 rebounds and Carlos Cherry (184-79) added 19 points and 4 assists in the effort for Caceres 2016. La Laguna have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Melilla. Caceres 2016 at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. They share it with Leon. La Laguna will play against Grupo Iruna Navarra (#8) in Pamplona in the next round. Caceres 2016 will play at home against Leche Rio Breogan (#12) in Lugo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Caceres: R.Humphrey 20+7reb+2ast, F.Sanchez 20+1reb+1ast, C.Cherry 19+4reb+4ast, J.McCoy 8+7reb, J.Angel Antelo 6+5reb+1ast, D.Mediano 5+1ast
La Laguna: A.Sabat 27+1reb+5ast, R.Guillen 24+7reb+3ast, N.Richotti 17+1reb+2ast, J.Chagoyen 15+8reb+2ast, M.Gansey 5+2reb, L.FOTIOS 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 92801


Alcazar - Navarra 67-72

There was no surprise in Alcazar where 16th ranked Fundacion Adepal (8-18) was defeated by tenth ranked Grupo Iruna Navarra (13-13) 72-67 on Wednesday. Fundacion Adepal trailed by 19 points after 3 quarters before a 27-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 67-72 at the end of the game. Grupo Iruna Navarra made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Strangely Fundacion Adepal outrebounded Grupo Iruna Navarra 37-22 including 23 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American-Swedish power forward Jason Blair (201-79, college: San Diego) who scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Adrian Garcia (201-85) chipped in 9 points and 5 rebounds. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Duane Virgil (205-74, college: Murray St.) produced 22 points and 8 rebounds and German power forward Kiril Wachsmann (203-83, college: Iona, agency: Edge Sports) added 13 points and 14 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Fundacion Adepal's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Grupo Iruna Navarra have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Girona. Fundacion Adepal at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the sixteenth position with 18 games lost. Grupo Iruna Navarra will face higher ranked La Laguna (#6) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Fundacion Adepal will play against Melilla Baloncesto (#7).
Top scorers:
Alcazar: D.Virgil 22+8reb+1ast, K.Wachsmann 13+14reb, E.Almazan 8+4reb+1ast, A.Frutos 7+1reb+2ast, I.Guigou 4, J.Alonso 4+1ast
Navarra: J.Blair 14+5reb+3ast, I.Narros 12+1reb+2ast, R.Bas 10+1ast, A.Garcia 9+5reb+2ast, I.Sanz 8+2reb+2ast, C.Lee 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 92802


Palencia - Girona 85-61

We should mention about the upset which took place in Palencia, where higher ranked Girona FC (13-13) was outleveled in a road game by fifteenth ranked Palencia Baloncesto (9-17) 85-61. The game without a history. Palencia Baloncesto led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Palencia Baloncesto made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Palencia Baloncesto outrebounded Girona FC 45-25 including a 32-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. American power forward Adrian Moss (204-81, college: Florida) notched a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort and Finnish swingman Samuel Haanpaa (203-86) supported him with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four Palencia Baloncesto players scored in double figures. Even 11 points by center Josep Ortega (201-84) did not help to save the game for Girona FC. Ignacio Ordin (183-78) added 13 points for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Palencia Baloncesto moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with CB Tarragona. Girona FC at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. Palencia Baloncesto's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Obradoiro CAB in Santoago de Comp and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Girona: I.Ordin 13+1reb+1ast, J.Ortega 11+3reb+2ast, C.Canals 9+1reb+2ast, L.Rost 8+3reb+1ast, D.Middleton 6+5reb, M.Kedzo 5+4reb+1ast
Palencia: R.Clark 16, S.Olmos 12+5reb+1ast, S.Haanpaa 12+7reb+1ast, A.Moss 11+13reb+1ast, C.Bravo 9+4reb+1ast, T.Frost 8+8reb+2ast
gschID: 92798


Ourense - Obradoiro 64-66

Eighteenth-ranked Ourense (5-21) made lots of trouble for second ranked Obradoiro CAB (22-4) on Wednesday. The visitors from Santoago de Comp managed to secure only two-point victory 66-64. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 19-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Puerto Rican Andres Rodriguez (182-81, college: American) who scored 16 points. The other American import forward Michael Ruffin (203-77, college: Tulsa) chipped in 8 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Jose Salvador Arco (194-84) produced 23 points and Ivorian-American forward Jonathan Kale (203-85, college: Providence) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Obradoiro CAB maintains second position with 22-4 record behind leader CB Murcia. Ourense lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. Obradoiro CAB are looking forward to face Palencia Baloncesto (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Ourense will play against Lobe Huesca (#17) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ourense: J.Salvador Arco 23, J.Kale 14+8reb, O.Starosta 7+6reb+2ast, J.Manuel Coego 5+2reb, D.Fergerson 4+1ast, U.Onyekwe 4+2reb+1ast
Obradoiro: J.Bulfoni 16, A.Rodriguez 16+2reb+1ast, M.Ruffin 8+10reb, L.Kendall 6+6reb, A.Corbacho 6+1reb, M.Feliu 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 92799


Breogan - Huesca 75-80

An interesting game took place in Lugo, where higher ranked Leche Rio Breogan (10-16) lost at home to seventeenth ranked Lobe Huesca (8-18) 75-80 on Wednesday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Leche Rio Breogan won third quarter 25-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Lobe Huesca won last quarter 22-18. Lobe Huesca made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Lobe Huesca forced 19 Leche Rio Breogan turnovers. Leche Rio Breogan was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American power forward Stevie Johnson (198-78, college: Iowa St.) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Asier Zengotitabengoa (201-88) chipped in 23 points. Four Lobe Huesca players scored in double figures. Lobe Huesca's coach Angel Navarro used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Portuguese-Cape Verdean forward Joao Gomes (199-85) produced 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American forward Wilbert Brown (200-84, college: Niagara, agency: ZAG Advocates) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Lobe Huesca moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with Alcazar. Loser Leche Rio Breogan keeps the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Lobe Huesca will face bottom-ranked Ourense (#18) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Breogan: J.Gomes 20+2reb, W.Brown 13+7reb+1ast, J.Feldeine 10+3reb+1ast, J.Amador 9+2reb, M.Mokongo 8+1reb+8ast, E.Hicks 8+5reb
Huesca: A.Zengotitabengoa 23+4reb+2ast, S.Johnson 19+10reb+4ast, J.Bonds 11+2reb+3ast, G.Yango 10+9reb, R.Freimanis 7+2reb+1ast, J.Salson 6+1ast
gschID: 92800


Leon - La Palma 77-65

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Baloncesto Leon (16-10) defeated at home 11th ranked UB La Palma (11-15) 77-65 on Wednesday. UB La Palma was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was American power forward Kahiem Seawright (203-86, college: Rhode Island, agency: Impact Basketball) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 18 rebounds. Swingman Julio Alberto Gonzalez (196-81) chipped in 23 points and 7 rebounds. Four Baloncesto Leon players scored in double figures. Mexican-American forward Roman Martinez (201-88, college: N.Mexico) produced 15 points and 6 rebounds and Colombian power forward Juan Palacios (204-85) added 8 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. UB La Palma's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Baloncesto Leon moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Caceres. Loser UB La Palma keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Baloncesto Leon will face Lleida Basquet (#10) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. UB La Palma will play against CB Tarragona 2017.
Top scorers:
La Palma: R.Martinez 15+6reb+1ast, S.Arrocha 14, R.Schaftenaar 10+1reb, J.Palacios 8+8reb+2ast, D.Rodriguez 7+2reb+4ast, C.Odiakosa 4+7reb
Leon: J.Alberto Gonzalez 23+7reb+2ast, K.Seawright 16+18reb+2ast, J.Garcia 16+4reb+1ast, E.Quezada 11+3reb+4ast, A.Fontet 6+3reb, J.Calvo 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 92795


CB Murcia - Lleida 82-66

Leader CB Murcia delivered the twentieth third victory on Wednesday night. This time they beat 9th ranked Lleida Basquet (12-14) 82-66. The game without a history. CB Murcia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Brazilian center Vitor Faverani (211-88) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Argentinian-Italian forward Juan Ignacio Jasen (196-85) chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. CB Murcia's coach Luis Guil used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ghanian guard Alhaji Mohammed (192-81, college: Louisville, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 18 points and American center Dwayne Curtis (203-85, college: Mississippi, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 6 points and 12 rebounds. CB Murcia (23-3) have an impressive 14-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Loser Lleida Basquet dropped to the tenth place with 14 games lost. CB Murcia will meet Ford Burgos (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Lleida Basquet will play against Baloncesto Leon (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Lleida: A.Mohammed 18+4reb+2ast, M.Ambres 13+3reb, A.Moncasi 10+6reb, D.Martin 7+4reb, D.Curtis 6+12reb+1ast, D.Perez 5+4reb+2ast
CB Murcia: S.Perez 14+2reb, P.Robles 14+1ast, M.Umeh 12+3reb, J.Ignacio Jasen 10+5reb+3ast, V.Faverani 10+7reb+3ast, F.Puyada 6+2ast
gschID: 92796


Clinicas Rincon - Burgos 67-71

Very expected game in Malaga where 13th ranked Clinicas Rincon (10-16) was defeated by third ranked Ford Burgos (21-5) 71-67 on Wednesday. Clinicas Rincon was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 23-12 charge of Ford Burgos, which allowed them to win the game. Ford Burgos forced 19 Clinicas Rincon turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Micah Downs (203-86, college: Gonzaga, agency: Priority Sports) who scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized Brazilian forward Marcus Vinicius Toledo (203-86) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Four Ford Burgos players scored in double figures. Puerto Rican power forward Angel Garcia (210-88, college: Memphis) produced 15 points and 9 rebounds and guard Carlos Cobos (193-88) added 17 points respectively for the hosts. Clinicas Rincon's coach Francisco Alonso tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Ford Burgos have an impressive 12-game winning streak. Ford Burgos maintains third position with 21-5 record having just two points less than leader CB Murcia. Loser Clinicas Rincon dropped to the twelfth place with 16 games lost. Ford Burgos will face league's leader CB Murcia at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Clinicas Rincon will play against Girona FC (#9).
Top scorers:
Clinicas Rincon: C.Cobos 17+3reb+3ast, A.Garcia 15+9reb+1ast, J.Pozas 10+3reb+1ast, E.Diaz 7+2ast, M.Lorenzo 7+7reb, R.Freire 4+2ast
Burgos: M.Downs 16+6reb+2ast, M.Vinicius Toledo 12+9reb+2ast, R.Lopez 10+2reb+5ast, J.Tillman 10+5reb+2ast, P.Lorant 9+4reb, V.Baldo 5+7reb
gschID: 92797


CB Tarragona - Melilla 73-84

Very predictable result when eighth ranked Melilla Baloncesto (14-12) beat on the road 14th ranked CB Tarragona 2017 (9-17) 84-73 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Melilla Baloncesto. CB Tarragona 2017 was better in third quarter 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Melilla Baloncesto made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Melilla Baloncesto outrebounded CB Tarragona 2017 41-28 including 27 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Zach Moss (201-81, college: Mountain St.) who scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. The other American import center Jeff Foote (213-88, college: Cornell) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four Melilla Baloncesto players scored in double figures. Swingman Alejandro Alba (193-77) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Alexander Franklin (196-88, college: Siena) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Melilla Baloncesto moved-up to sixth place, which they share with La Laguna. Loser CB Tarragona 2017 keeps the fourteenth position with 17 games lost. Melilla Baloncesto will face Fundacion Adepal (#16) in Alcazar in the next round and are hoping to win another game. CB Tarragona 2017 will play on the road against UB La Palma.
Top scorers:
CB Tarragona: A.Alba 16+10reb, A.Franklin 16+5reb+5ast, T.Oglesby 11+1reb, R.Fornas 9+5reb+2ast, M.Diouf 7+3reb, R.Schraeder 5+2reb+1ast
Melilla: J.Vega 14+3reb, Z.Moss 13+5reb+3ast, J.Foote 12+7reb, J.Detrick 11+5reb+2ast, J.Fernandez 8+2reb+2ast, D.Pakamanis 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 92794




Panchi Barrera released by Unicaja Malaga - by Xisco Carots
Unicaja Malaga decided to release Panchi Barrera (194-G-85). The player returned from the loan to CB Granada yesterday but Unicaja cut him.
In two months with CB Granada, Barrera scored 27 points in total in six games. The player was loaned by Granada to replace the injured Jon Stefansson.


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Kjellbom's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
31-year old Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79) put on an amazing game in the last round for Norrkoping Dolphins and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 31.
He had a double-double of 30 points and 11 rebounds, while his team crushed Uppsala (#5, 15-15) with 23-point margin 111-88. Norrkoping maintains the 3rd position in Swedish league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Norrkoping will need more victories to improve their 20-8 record. Kjellbom has many years of experience at Norrkoping, through which he has constantly improved. Northern Arizona University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Kjellbom is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 7.8rpg) and averages solid 1.7bpg and 64.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Darius Hargrove (193-G-82, agency: Strategic Sports) of KFUM Jamtland Basket. He is American guard in his first season at Jamtland. In the last game Hargrove recorded impressive 40 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he lead Jamtland to another comfortable win 74-61 over the higher-ranked Sundsvall (#1, 25-6) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Jamtland to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-19 record. Hargrove is a newcomer at Jamtland and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.6ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 6.0rpg and 3.8apg.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Johnell Smith (186-G-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza) of Sodertalje Kings (#4). Smith got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for ten rebounds . Despite Smith's great performance Sodertalje lost 94-95 to the lower-ranked Boras (#8, 12-20). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Sodertalje needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 19 victories and 13 lost games. Smith has a great season in Sweden. After 30 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.5ppg (3rd best) and assists with 4.0apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michael Palm (208-C-79) of Boras - 23 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Tim Whitworth (198-G/F-81) of Uppsala - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Christopher Ryan (196-G-90) of Boras - 29 points and 4 assists
7. Johan Akesson (210-C-84) of LF Basket - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Demetrius Brown (201-F-83) of 08 - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Rudy Mbemba (181-G-87) of LF Basket - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
10. George Gervin (189-G-76) of Norrkoping - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists

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


Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Sundsvall 26-6 
 2. LF Basket 22-10 
 3. Norrkoping 20-9 
 4. Sodertalje 19-13 
 5. Uppsala 15-15 
 6. Solna 15-16 
 7. Jamtland 13-19 
 8. Boras 12-20 
 9. 08 8-23 
 10. Eco Orebro 6-25 


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Standings - LNA
LNA Standings
 1. Lugano Tigers 20-2 
 2. Fribourg 16-7 
 3. Geneve Lions 15-7 
 4. SAV Vacallo 14-9 
 5. Monthey 13-9 
 6. Boncourt 11-12 
 7. Starwings 11-12 
 8. SAM Massagno 8-15 
 9. BBC Nyon 4-19 
 10. Zurich Wildcats 1-21 


Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Shorown GLOVER
  Boncourt
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Glover, Boncourt22.6 
 2. Reid, Monthey21.6 
 3. Abukar, Lugano T.21.4 
 4. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.20.4 
 5. Brown, Starwings20.2 
 6. Polyblank, Geneve L.20.1 
 7. Smith, Fribourg19.7 
 8. Byron, BBC Nyon19.1 
 9. Popovich, SAV V.18.9 
 10. Martin, BBC Nyon18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon12.5 
 2. Yates, Starwings10.0 
 3. Thompson, Starw.9.9 
 4. Ofoegbu, SAM M.9.8 
 5. Reid, Monthey9.5 
 6. Gugino, Boncourt9.2 
 7. Dos Santos, Bonco.8.2 
 8. Yates, Monthey8.2 
 9. Sloan, Geneve Lions8.0 
 10. Smith, Fribourg7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo7.0 
 2. Glover, Boncourt6.3 
 3. Brown, Starwings4.9 
 4. Draughan, Lugano T.4.7 
 5. Angley, Lugano T.4.6 
 6. Sharper, Monthey4.5 
 7. Hollins, Starwings4.2 
 8. Petkovic, Fribourg4.1 
 9. Ross, Geneve Lions4.1 
 10. Esterkamp, Fribo.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Shorown GLOVER
  Boncourt
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Glover, Boncourt4.0 
 2. Gibson, SAV Vacallo3.6 
 3. Hunte, BBC Nyon3.3 
 4. Draughan, Lugano T.2.8 
 5. Angley, Lugano T.2.7 
 6. Gugino, Boncourt2.7 
 7. Efevberha, Lugano T.2.3 
 8. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.2.3 
 9. Sharper, Monthey2.2 
 10. Smith, Fribourg2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon3.5 
 2. Toure, Geneve Lions2.2 
 3. Lukic, Zurich W.1.7 
 4. Thompson, Starw.1.6 
 5. Sloan, Geneve Lions1.4 
 6. Gugino, Boncourt1.4 
 7. Moris, Monthey1.1 
 8. Sanders, Lugano T.1.0 
 9. Ferguson, Zurich W.0.9 
 10. Vogt, Fribourg0.9 


Abukar number one in Switzerland for round 22 - by Eurobasket News
American forward Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Lugano Tigers, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, eight rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat BBC Nyon (#9, 3-19) 87-73. It allowed Lugano Tigers to consolidate first place in the Swiss LNA. Lugano Tigers has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 20-2. In the team's last game Abukar had a remarkable 64.7% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Lugano Tigers and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former San Diego State University star has very solid stats this year. Abukar is in league's top in points (3rd best: 21.4ppg) and averages impressive 59.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Shorown Glover (180-G-87) of Boncourt. Glover had a very good evening with a double-double of 18 points and 12 assists. Of course he lead Boncourt to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Zurich Wildcats (#10, 1-21) 92-47. Boncourt's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Glover is a newcomer at Boncourt, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.6ppg (#1). He also recorded 6.3 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Boncourt's star - American center Tony Gugino (207-C-86). Gugino showcased his all-around game by recording 12 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was another key player of Boncourt, helping his team with a 92-47 easy win against the lower-ranked Zurich Wildcats (#10, 1-21). Boncourt needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 11 lost games. Gugino has a great season in Switzerland. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.2rpg (6th best). He also has 2.7spg and 1.4bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alex Thompson (208-F-85) of Starwings - 14 points and 20 rebounds
5. Vernard Hollins (190-G-80) of Starwings - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Arizona Reid (196-F-86) of Monthey - 16 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Lester Hunte (196-G/F-88) of BBC Nyon - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Mladen Lukic (207-C-92) of Zurich Wildcats - 17 points and 12 rebounds
9. Steve Smith (200-F-81) of Fribourg - 21 points and 10 rebounds
10. Kevyn Popovich (196-F-85) of SAV Vacallo - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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Tough hoops for TT pros - by Albert-Lee Young
In Germany
6-9 Marlon Pompey added 18 points as 10th ranked SC Rist Wedel scored a surprising 126-122 road win over top-ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets in triple overtime.

Rist Wedel ended an eight-game winning streak by SG Schwelmer Baskets.

With the win SC Rist Wedel (9-13) moved-up to ninth place in German Men Pro B Group North, while newly promoted SG Schwelmer Baskets (17-5) still keep top position.

In Spain
6-9 Duane Virgil had 22 points & 8 rebounds for Alcazar in the Spanish Men LEB Gold League on March 2. However his team still went under 67-72 to Navarra 67-72 in a Regular Season Round 26 contest.

In Iran
Despite solid performances by 6-4 guard Ian Young, Gorgan (4-11) remains tired in 9th place in the Iran Basketball Super League.

On February 24, Young top scored with 24 pts in a 70-80 loss to Qom in a round 15 game. In their next match, Young contributed 25pts, 5rebs and 4 assists but Gorgan was humiliated by Maharam, 100-60.

With the regular season closing, Young is optimistic that Goran can secure a top 8 finish to qualify for the playoffs.

Over In the USA
6-9 Devougn Lamont posted a double-double, 29pts & 11 rebounds, for San Francisco Rumble in a 114-116 loss to Modesto Hawks in their final home game of the ABA regular season.

And in Japan
6-9 Julius Ashby had 12 points & 5 rebounds as Niigata Albriex secured a close 84-81 win over fifth-ranked Saitama Broncos on Sunday in the BJ League round 37.

The hosts trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 3 points. Niigata Albirex made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game.

With the win Niigata Albirex maintains fourth place with 18-16 record.

In another BJ game, 6-10 Kibwe Trim tallied 6 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for 5th ranked Kyoto Hannaryz in a 73-80 loss to 2nd ranked Sendai 89ers.

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kyoto Hannaryz won fourth quarter 22-21.

However it was not enough to take a lead as Sendai 89ers looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Kyoto Hannaryz was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch.



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Fenerbahce Ulker Men's Basketball Team player Mirsad Turkcan had surgery. - by Pervin Elgin
Fenerbahce Ulker Men's Basketball Team player Mirsad Turkcan had surgery.

During the Turkey Cup final game with Besiktas Cola Turka in Kayseri, Mirsad Turkcan injured left knee and ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.
He had at February 17th at Sporthopaedicum Center a surgery in the city of Munich - Germany. The player have to remain out of action for about 5-6 months.
During this he will see physical therapy. Mirsad Turkcan saw his injury as an accident, but he feels at the most progressive way to the Final Four upset to leave the team alone. After 5-6 months he will turn back to the fields. To this he added that he would not give up and will pass in this exam too.

Addition to the less pleasant news will follow a good news about the successful player Mirsad Turkcan, he became father for the third time. The Turkcan couple got already a girl and a boy named Naba and Nusrat. The third child of the pair Turkcan Karia is 51 inches tall and was born on 3 kilos 350 grams. We congratulate the couple Turkcan and wish Karia a long and healthy life.



TB2L Round 19: Optimum TED is defeated by Hacettepe Univ. - by Eurobasket News
The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season. There was no lack of interesting games this round.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Optimum TED (17-2) in Ankara on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by third ranked Hacettepe Univ. (14-5) 70-68. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Optimum TED. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in Group B. It was a great evening for guard Caner Erdeniz (188-87) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points. Forward Adnan Onder Kulcebas (205-81, agency: 1x1 Sports) helped adding 12 points. At the losing side guard Serhan Kavut (189-81) responded with 11 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hacettepe Univ. moved-up to second place in Group B, which they share with Kepez Bld. Optimum TED at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Hacettepe Univ. is looking forward to face Istanbulspor (#6) at home in the next round. Optimum TED will play against ITU Istanbul (#12) and is hoping to win this game.
Very significant was Genc Telekom's (#3) 63-59 road victory against 5th ranked Orman Genc in Group A. It was an exceptional evening for guard Murat Goktas (201-87) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 7 rebounds. Yunus Akcay accounted for 11 points and 6 rebounds. Canadian forward Ryan Wright (206-87, college: Oklahoma) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for Orman Genc in the defeat. Orman Genc's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Genc Telekom maintains third place in Group A with 13-6 record having just three points less than leader Genc Banvit, which they share with Usak. Orman Genc at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Genc Telekom will play against Pertevniyal (#7) in Istanbul in the next round. Orman Genc will play on the road against FMV Isikspor in Istanbul and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Manisa between Darussafaka and Vestel. Eighth ranked Darussafaka (9-10) got a very close victory on the road over much higher ranked Vestel (14-5). Darussafaka managed to escape with a 1-point win 78-77 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. Enique Clemons (180-G-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) fired 26 points and 8 assists for the winners. Arthur Johnson produced 20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Darussafaka moved-up to sixth place in Group A, which they share with Pertevniyal and Final Genclik. Loser Vestel keeps the second position with five games lost. Darussafaka will meet at home higher ranked Usak (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vestel will play against Istanbul B.B. and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Kepez Bld (14-5) against seventh ranked Gelisim (10-9) on Saturday night. Host Kepez Bld was defeated by Gelisim in a tough game in Antalya 85-90. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Kepez Bld. Worth to mention a great performance of Jayme Miller who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. Gelisim moved-up to sixth place in Group B, which they share with Istanbulspor. Kepez Bld at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. Gelisim's next round opponent will be higher ranked Gaziantep (#4) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kepez Bld will play against TED Istanbul and be promoted back to the TBL just one year after relegation.
TB2L top team - Genc Banvit (16-3) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat sixth ranked Pertevniyal (9-10) in Istanbul 71-64. It was a great evening for Marko Kolaric who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Pertevniyal's coach Omer Dogu Kanig let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Genc Banvit have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group A with 16-3 record. Loser Pertevniyal keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. Genc Banvit will face Izmir B.B. (#12) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Pertevniyal will play against Genc Telekom (#3) in Ankara.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 19:
In Group A FMV Isikspor lost to Final Genclik on the opponent's court 64-70. Usak managed to outperform Adanaspor in a home game 84-73. Istanbul B.B. recorded a loss to Izmir B.B. on the road 72-67.
In Group B Selcuk Univ. defeated TED Istanbul on its own court 74-71. ITU was smashed by Gaziantep in a road game 115-68. Istanbulspor was destroyed by Akhisar Bld at home 62-82. Beykoz was outscored by Basaksehir on the opponent's court 121-71.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 32 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks by Tyrone Nelson of Akhisar Bld.


Group A
Final Genclik - FMV Isikspor 70-64

Very expected game in Bursa where 11th ranked FMV Isikspor (3-16) was defeated by seventh ranked Final Genclik (9-10) 70-64 on Saturday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. It was a great evening for Costa Rican center Hernold Gardener (205-82, college: Lon Morris JC) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Husnu Guler (199-85) helped adding 15 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side Lutfi Demirhan (-87) responded with 9 points and 7 rebounds and guard Serhat Ugur (192-85) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Four FMV Isikspor players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Final Genclik moved-up to sixth place in Group A, which they share with Pertevniyal and Darussafaka. FMV Isikspor lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 16 games lost. Final Genclik will face Adanaspor (#10) on the road in the next round. FMV Isikspor will play against Orman Genc in Ankara.
Top scorers:
Final Genclik: H.Guler 15+7reb, H.Gardener 15+13reb+1ast, G.Senol 9+2reb+5ast, E.Ilter 9+3reb+2ast, M.Esen 4+7reb+1ast, E.Karalar 4+3reb+1ast
FMV Isikspor: S.Ugur 13+5reb+1ast, K.Tutuncu 12+1reb+2ast, O.Surucu 10+5reb+1ast, A.Uruk 10+3reb, L.Demirhan 9+7reb+3ast, D.Harris 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 112507


Orman Genc - Genc Telekom 59-63

Very significant was Genc Telekom's (#3) 63-59 road victory against 5th ranked Orman Genc in Group A. Orman Genc was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for guard Murat Goktas (201-87) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Yunus Akcay (-89) accounted for 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Canadian forward Ryan Wright (206-87, college: Oklahoma) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and guard Mehmet Sinan (195-82, agency: Diamond Athletes Agency) added 15 points respectively for Orman Genc in the defeat. Orman Genc's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Genc Telekom maintains third place in Group A with 13-6 record having just three points less than leader Genc Banvit, which they share with Usak. Orman Genc at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Genc Telekom will play against Pertevniyal (#7) in Istanbul in the next round. Orman Genc will play on the road against FMV Isikspor in Istanbul and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Genc Telekom: M.Goktas 22+7reb+2ast, A.Rindin 13+5reb, Y.Akcay 11+6reb+3ast, C.Ugur Ogut 8+4reb+1ast, G.Karabiyik 5+7reb+3ast, S.Gunes 2+4reb
Orman Genc: R.Wright 18+10reb+1ast, M.Sinan 15+4reb+2ast, B.Demirci 8+2reb+3ast, E.Ozseven 6+10reb+2ast, O.Nart 6+1reb+1ast, A.Denk 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 112508


Pertevniyal - Genc Banvit 64-71

TB2L top team - Genc Banvit (16-3) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat sixth ranked Pertevniyal (9-10) in Istanbul 71-64. Genc Banvit had a 27-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. Pertevniyal was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Serbian power forward Marko Kolaric (213-84, college: Chaminade) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Ufuk Gurgen (205-77) helped adding 9 points, 6 rebounds and 13 assists. At the losing side forward Ali Isik (205-90) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and Yigit Can scored 16 points. Pertevniyal's coach Omer Dogu Kanig let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Genc Banvit have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group A with 16-3 record. Loser Pertevniyal keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. Genc Banvit will face Izmir B.B. (#12) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Pertevniyal will play against Genc Telekom (#3) in Ankara.
Top scorers:
Genc Banvit: A.Canititiz 18+6reb+2ast, M.Kolaric 15+11reb+5ast, C.Sekeroglu 12+4reb, U.Gurgen 9+6reb+13ast, M.Gizir 9+3reb, T.Altunbey 8+6reb
Pertevniyal: Y.Can 16+3reb+1ast, A.Isik 14+11reb+1ast, C.Korkmaz 12+1reb+3ast, B.Can 9+5reb+1ast, R.Tekin 6+3reb, T.Erulku 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 112509


Usak - Adanaspor 84-73

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Usak (13-6) defeated at home 10th ranked Adanaspor (6-13) 84-73 on Saturday. Usak made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American forward Larry Smith (193-83, college: Post) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Mahir Bayrak (180-79) helped adding 15 points and 8 assists. Usak's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side forward Tufan Aktulgali (202-80, agency: Diamond Athletes Agency) responded with 16 points and 6 rebounds and American center Jason Keep (208-78, college: San Diego, agency: Diamond Athletes Agency) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four Adanaspor players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Usak. They moved-up to third place in Group A, which they share with Genc Telekom. Newly promoted Adanaspor keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. Usak will face Darussafaka (#8) in Istanbul in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Adanaspor will play at home against Final Genclik in Bursa.
Top scorers:
Usak: L.Smith 23+6reb, M.Bayrak 15+4reb+8ast, U.Yanar 15+1reb+3ast, C.Coskun 9+3reb, E.Algin 8+5reb+1ast, G.Sunter 5+2reb+3ast
Adanaspor: T.Aktulgali 16+6reb+1ast, J.Keep 15+7reb+1ast, D.Guney 13+4reb+5ast, D.Gokay 10+6reb+2ast, B.Erdogan 7+3reb+3ast, V.Tokcan 5+4reb
gschID: 112510


Izmir B.B. - Istanbul B.B. 72-67

There was a minor upset when 9th ranked Istanbul B.B. (8-11) was defeated on the road by twelfth ranked Izmir B.B. (2-17) 72-67 on Saturday. Istanbul B.B. was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Erman Demirer (-88) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Mustafa Arslantas (-83) helped adding 15 points. Izmir B.B.'s coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side guard Erden Eryuz (188-80) responded with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and American center Dane Johnson (208-86, college: Hofstra) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. Newly promoted Izmir B.B. maintains twelfth place in Group A with 2-17 record. Loser Istanbul B.B. keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. Izmir B.B. will face league's leader Genc Banvit in Balikesir in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Izmir B.B.: E.Demirer 17+12reb+3ast, M.Arslantas 15+3reb, O.Gokcepinar 10+3reb+3ast, O.Topcu 8+2reb+4ast, F.Deniz 6+6reb+3ast, C.Aydin Ergen 6+8reb
Istanbul B.B.: E.Eryuz 17+5reb+5ast, S.Sahin 14+7reb+1ast, D.Johnson 13+13reb+1ast, I.Daloglu 5+4reb+2ast, R.Dogrusoz 5+2reb+2ast, E.Bilmen 5
gschID: 112505


Vestel - Darussafaka 77-78

A very close game took place in Manisa (derby !!!) between Darussafaka and Vestel. Eighth ranked Darussafaka (9-10) got a very close victory on the road over much higher ranked Vestel (14-5). Darussafaka managed to escape with a 1-point win 78-77 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. Enique Clemons fired 26 points and 8 assists for the winners. Forward Burak Selen (202-88) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. American power forward Arthur Johnson (206-81, college: Missouri) produced 20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and forward Mustafa Gorur (204-88) added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Darussafaka moved-up to sixth place in Group A, which they share with Pertevniyal and Final Genclik. Loser Vestel keeps the second position with five games lost. Darussafaka will meet at home higher ranked Usak (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vestel will play against Istanbul B.B. and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Darussafaka: Enique Clemons 26+4reb+8ast, B.Selen 18+9reb+1ast, U.Yilmaz 12+2reb, A.Turgut 9+1reb+2ast, S.Sanli 8+7reb+1ast, Z.Yarkan 3+2reb+2ast
Vestel: A.Johnson 20+6reb+4ast, M.Gorur 13+9reb+2ast, S.Ugrasan 11+4reb, S.Gursu 9+1reb, H.Erol 9+6reb, H.Gungor 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 112506


Group B
Selcuk Univ. - TED Istanbul 74-71

Everything went according to plan in Konya where fourth ranked Selcuk Universitesi (11-8) edged 9th ranked TED Istanbul (6-13) 74-71 on Saturday. However just three-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. TED Istanbul was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American forward Brian Boddicker (204-81, college: Texas, agency: EM-PA) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Caner Senturk (196-86, agency: EM-PA) helped adding 9 points and 10 rebounds. Selcuk Universitesi's coach Altar Tunckol used entire bench in such tough game. At the losing side guard Admir Kan (185-83) responded with 17 points and 9 assists and American center Christopher Garnett (211-80, college: Indiana SE, agency: Diamond Athletes Agency) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Four TED Istanbul players scored in double figures. Selcuk Universitesi maintains fourth place in Group B with 11-8 record, which they share with Gaziantep. Loser TED Istanbul keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. Selcuk Universitesi will face Beykoz (#11) in Istanbul in the next round and are hoping to win another game. TED Istanbul will play at home against the league's second-placed Kepez Bld in Antalya.
Top scorers:
Selcuk Univ.: B.Boddicker 16+8reb+1ast, M.Kabakci 13+3reb, A.Ozdemir 10+4reb, C.Senturk 9+10reb+3ast, M.Gucyetmez 8+4reb+5ast, M.Yolcu 6+3reb+1ast
TED Istanbul: A.Kan 17+1reb+9ast, C.Garnett 15+10reb+1ast, S.Tulek 11+12reb+2ast, K.Kaan Atikir 10+2reb+1ast, M.Baras 9+1ast, G.Naldoven 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 112512


Gaziantep - ITU 115-68

There was no surprise when 12th ranked ITU Istanbul (2-17) was outplayed on the road by fifth ranked Gaziantep (11-8) 115-68 on Saturday. Gaziantep dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to ITU Istanbul's 36. They outrebounded ITU Istanbul 44-31 including 30 on the defensive glass. Gaziantep looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by ITU Istanbul's players. It was a great evening for Mete Dogan (-86) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Jamal Boykin (203-87, college: California) helped adding 18 points and 7 rebounds. Five Gaziantep players scored in double figures. Gaziantep's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side the former international forward Tolga Tekinalp (202-74, agency: 1x1 Sports) responded with 27 points and 7 rebounds and Okan Bostanci (-88) scored 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Gaziantep moved-up to fourth place in Group B, which they share with Selcuk Univ. ITU Istanbul lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Gaziantep will face Gelisim (#7) in Izmir in the next round. ITU Istanbul will play at home against the league's leader Optimum TED (#1) in Ankara.
Top scorers:
Gaziantep: M.Dogan 22+7reb+2ast, V.Ertetik 20+1reb+4ast, J.Boykin 18+7reb+1ast, O.Bugra Dag 12+5reb+1ast, A.Erhan Kocamis 12+5reb+4ast, N.Pastal 10+8reb+2ast
ITU: T.Tekinalp 27+7reb+1ast, O.Bostanci 14+9reb+4ast, O.Aksoy 11+3reb+3ast, E.Buyukbayrak 9+3reb, O.Batuhan Cakmak 4+1reb, U.Tinay 3+5reb+5ast
gschID: 112513


Optimum TED - Hacettepe Univ. 68-70

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Optimum TED (17-2) in Ankara on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by third ranked Hacettepe Univ. (14-5) 70-68. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Optimum TED. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in Group B. It was a great evening for guard Caner Erdeniz (188-87) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points. Forward Adnan Onder Kulcebas (205-81, agency: 1x1 Sports) helped adding 12 points. Four Hacettepe Univ. players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Serhan Kavut (189-81) responded with 11 points and center Mehmet Nezih (206-80) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hacettepe Univ. moved-up to second place in Group B, which they share with Kepez Bld. Optimum TED at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Hacettepe Univ. is looking forward to face Istanbulspor (#6) at home in the next round. Optimum TED will play against ITU Istanbul (#12) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Hacettepe Univ.: C.Erdeniz 18+4reb, A.Onder Kulcebas 12+4reb+3ast, J.Dearman 11+7reb, O.Adiguzel 11+1reb, O.Altinmakas 9+1reb+2ast, C.Ozcan 4+4reb+1ast
Optimum TED: M.Ozdogan 12+2reb, M.Nezih 11+5reb, S.Kavut 11+3reb+2ast, E.Ozpulat 8+5reb, H.Yapar 8+3reb, O.Onver 7+2reb
gschID: 112514


Istanbulspor - Akhisar Bld 62-82

There was a small surprise when eighth ranked Akhisar Bld (9-10) outleveled on the road 6th ranked Istanbulspor (10-9) 82-62 on Saturday. Akhisar Bld dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Istanbulspor's 28. It was a great evening for American forward Tyrone Nelson (206-85, college: N.Mexico St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 15-of-18 shooting from the field). Forward Erdinc Gul (200-81) helped adding 12 points. At the losing side forward Nusret Yildirim (202-89, agency: EM-PA) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and forward Orcun Okkali (201-87) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Four Istanbulspor players scored in double figures. Akhisar Bld maintains eighth place in Group B with 9-10 record. Newly promoted Istanbulspor keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. Akhisar Bld will face Basaksehir (#9) in Istanbul in the next round.
Top scorers:
Akhisar Bld: T.Nelson 32+15reb+2ast, E.Gul 12+3reb, O.Akis 8, B.Sahillioglu 7+8ast, E.Yenice 6+2reb+1ast, V.Volkan Basaran 6+4reb+2ast
Istanbulspor: N.Yildirim 13+10reb+2ast, O.Okkali 11+5reb+2ast, I.Demircioglu 11+2reb+4ast, C.Bayrak 11+3reb+1ast, O.Er 7+4reb+3ast, F.Celebioglu 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 112515


Kepez Bld - Gelisim 85-90

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Kepez Bld (14-5) against seventh ranked Gelisim (10-9) on Saturday night. Host Kepez Bld was defeated by Gelisim in a tough game in Antalya 85-90. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Kepez Bld. Gelisim made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jayme Miller (203-85) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Can Terzioglu (196-86) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Marcus Hall (185-85, college: Colorado) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 assists and center Umut Durmus (206-80) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Kepez Bld. Four Gelisim and five Kepez Bld players scored in double figures. Gelisim moved-up to sixth place in Group B, which they share with Istanbulspor. Kepez Bld at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. Gelisim's next round opponent will be higher ranked Gaziantep (#4) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kepez Bld will play against TED Istanbul and be promoted back to the TBL just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Gelisim: J.Miller 23+12reb+1ast, C.Terzioglu 20+5reb+1ast, S.Topcu 15+3reb+3ast, C.Mumcuogullari 15+3reb+3ast, D.Deniz Yigit 9+1reb+1ast, O.Kaya 6+6reb+1ast
Kepez Bld: G.Karamahmut 18+1ast, M.Hall 18+4reb+10ast, C.Amasyali 12+2reb+1ast, U.Durmus 12+8reb+2ast, M.Ademoglu 11+6reb+5ast, A.Ozurganci 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 112516


Basaksehir - Beykoz 121-71

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 11th ranked Beykoz's (4-15) road loss to tenth ranked Basaksehir (6-13) 71-121 on Saturday. Basaksehir dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Beykoz's 44. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Beykoz's players. It was a great evening for forward Adnan Sevda (206-86, agency: EM-PA) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. American guard Tyrone Anderson (193-84, college: Concord) helped adding 25 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Four Basaksehir players scored in double figures. At the losing side American power forward Timothy Parham (206-83, college: Md-Eastern Shore, agency: Diamond Athletes Agency) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds and guard Erkan Inan (192-89) scored 21 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. Basaksehir moved-up to ninth place in Group B, which they share with TED Istanbul. Beykoz lost their eighth game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Basaksehir will face higher ranked Akhisar Bld (#8) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Beykoz will play against Selcuk Universitesi in Konya.
Top scorers:
Basaksehir: T.Anderson 25+7reb+4ast, A.Sevda 22+12reb+2ast, A.Yilmaz 19+6reb+3ast, S.Ekmen 14+2reb, O.Ozkundilli 14+3reb+1ast, V.Incekara 8+3reb+5ast
Beykoz: E.Inan 21+5reb+3ast, T.Parham 17+15reb+1ast, E.Bayrak 14+3reb+1ast, A.Sogancioglu 6+5reb+2ast, N.Kaba 4, T.Gurpinar 3+1reb
gschID: 112511




Efes loans Raduljica to Alba and released Wisniewski - by Filippo Passerini
After the amazing elimination from the Eurolague top 16 by MPS, Efes Pilsen decided to lend Miroslav Raduljica to Alba Berlin. The serbian center, 22 yers old, arrived in istanbul after a great season with FMP Beograd,which gave to him a ticket for NBA. At the start of the season the center hurt himself seriously and he couldn't play for 4 months of more. At his return he didn't played a lot and the team decided to let leave him after 4 Eurolague games. Wisniwski played bad and the team after the elimination decided to break the contract. The amercan guard scored 4.5 points in eurolague and 4.1 in TBL.

Standings - TB2L
TB2L Standings
Group A
 1. Genc Banvit 16-3 
 2. Vestel 14-5 
 3. Genc Telekom 13-6 
 4. Usak 13-6 
 5. Orman Genc 12-7 
 6. Final Genclik 9-10 
 7. Pertevniyal 9-10 
 8. Darussafaka 9-10 
 9. Istanbul B.B. 8-11 
 10. Adanaspor 6-13 
 11. FMV Isikspor 3-16 
 12. Izmir B.B. 2-17 
Group B
 1. Optimum TED 17-2 
 2. Kepez Bld 14-5 
 3. Hacettepe Univ. 14-5 
 4. Gaziantep 11-8 
 5. Selcuk Univ. 11-8 
 6. Istanbulspor 10-9 
 7. Gelisim 10-9 
 8. Akhisar Bld 9-10 
 9. Basaksehir 6-13 
 10. TED Istanbul 6-13 
 11. Beykoz 4-15 
 12. ITU 2-17 


TB2L Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Arthur JOHNSON
  Vestel
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Johnson, Vestel20.6 
 2. Hall, Kepez Bld19.9 
 3. Nelson, Akhisar Bld19.5 
 4. Boddicker, Selcuk U.19.4 
 5. Terry, ITU19.3 
 6. Gardener, Final G.18.9 
 7. Boswell, Basaksehir18.3 
 8. Tekinalp, ITU17.8 
 9. Boykin, Gaziantep17.5 
 10. Dearman, Hacett.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jamil TERELL
  Adanaspor
  (200-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Terell, Adanaspor11.9 
 2. Keep, Adanaspor11.7 
 3. Gardener, Final G.11.5 
 4. Lewis, Beykoz11.0 
 5. Johnson, Istanbul.10.3 
 6. Isik, Pertevniyal10.1 
 7. Nelson, Akhisar Bld10.1 
 8. Johnson, Vestel10.0 
 9. Wright, Orman Genc9.4 
 10. Boswell, Basaksehir9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus HALL
  Kepez Bld
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Hall, Kepez Bld6.2 
 2. Kan, TED Istanbul6.0 
 3. Ogut, Genc Telekom5.8 
 4. Erdogan, Adanaspor5.2 
 5. Gucyetmez, Selcuk U.5.1 
 6. Eris, Vestel5.1 
 7. Topcu, Gelisim5.1 
 8. Ay, Final Genclik4.7 
 9. Kavut, Optimum TED4.7 
 10. Yikilmaz, Pertevniyal4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone ANDERSON
  Basaksehir
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Anderson, Basak.3.0 
 2. Hall, Kepez Bld2.9 
 3. Yonder, Genc Banvit2.3 
 4. Ozdemir, Kepez Bld2.0 
 5. Nelson, Akhisar Bld1.9 
 6. Karabulut, Orman G.1.8 
 7. Ademoglu, Kepez B.1.8 
 8. Topcu, Izmir B.B.1.8 
 9. Yikilmaz, Pertevniyal1.8 
 10. Erdogan, Adanaspor1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Ater MAJOK
  Blaze
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Majok, FMV I.3.1 
 2. Anderson, Basak.2.7 
 3. Johnson, Vestel2.0 
 4. McGowan, Akhisar .1.8 
 5. Kulcebas, Hacett.1.8 
 6. Smith, Usak1.8 
 7. Clarkson, TED I.1.6 
 8. Boswell, Basaksehir1.5 
 9. Johnson, Istanbul.1.4 
 10. Turkyilmaz, Genc B.1.4 


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  UBL   


METROPLEX LIGHTNING SEASON OPENER!!!! - by Torrence Moody
UBL METROPLEX LIGHTNING will be in action for the 1st time of the 2011 UBL SEASON. March 5th, 2011 at 5pm vs the Oklahoma Impact.
Martin Luther King Center
2901 Pennsylvania Ave
Dallas Texas, 75215
The game will feature the 2010 defending UBL CHAMPION OKLAHOMA IMPACT LED BY VETERAN PG Jonathan Reed (6'0'-G-81, college: Clayton St.) . The Lightning will have there hands full with a well coached and fast paced game. The Impact have won 2 UBL championships and look to add to the organization. 'Even though this is our 1st season, we have to be prepared for what Reed and his Impact will have' says Coach Mitchell.
The Final Roster has been set for the METROPLEX LIGHTNING AND GOES AS FOLLOWS


Micah Reed (6'4''-F)

Dale Perkins (6'2''-G-83)

Eric Chatman (6'2''-G)

Joey Gladney (6'3''-G)

Nik Tyler (6'8''-F)

Dan Martin (6'3''-G)

Bamfield Harmon (6'2''-G)

Marcus Girtmon (6'5''-F-82)

Terrance White (5'11''-G)

Torrence Moody (5'10''-G-76)

Victor James (6'5''-F, college: NW Missouri St.)

Al Essuman (6'5''-G/F-86)

Tim Polley (6'3''-G)

Michael Blaylock (6'3''-G)

Joemal Campbell (6'1''-G-84, college: W.Kentucky

Michael Thomas (6'8''-F/C)


2011 UBL SEASON

COME GET SOME!!


UBLHOOPS.COM



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  UKRAINE   


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 27-7 
 2. BC Donetsk 26-9 
 3. Azovmash 23-13 
 4. Hoverla 22-13 
 5. Dnipro 19-17 
 6. Ferro-ZNTU 18-17 
 7. Kryvbasbasket 18-17 
 8. Mykolaiv 16-18 
 9. BC Odessa 15-21 
 10. DniproAzot 14-22 
 11. Halychyna 12-25 
 12. Khimik 11-24 
 13. BC Kyiv 8-26 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Burtt, Dnipro23.1 
 2. Burns, Fe.17.5 
 3. Washington, BC Od.16.9 
 4. Flores, BC Donetsk16.8 
 5. Curry, Azovmash16.7 
 6. Williams, Halychyna14.8 
 7. Wiggins, Halychyna14.6 
 8. Bakic, Kryvbasb.14.5 
 9. Millage, Khimik14.1 
 10. Fraser, DniproAzot14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael FRASER
  DniproAzot
  (203-C/F-84)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Fraser, DniproAzot10.7 
 2. Wiggins, Halychyna9.3 
 3. Burns, Fe.8.3 
 4. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.7 
 5. Austin, Dnipro7.4 
 6. Morrison, Halyc.7.2 
 7. Hunter, Fe.6.9 
 8. Owens, Azovmash6.8 
 9. Chappell, Hoverla6.3 
 10. Greene, Mykolaiv6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Todd ABERNETHY
  Halychyna
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Abernethy, Halyc.5.2 
 2. Zimmerman, Hoverla5.1 
 3. Vasiljevic, BC Do.5.0 
 4. Burtt, Dnipro4.9 
 5. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 6. Millage, Khimik4.7 
 7. Brewer, BC Odessa4.5 
 8. Curry, Azovmash4.1 
 9. Sirsnins, DniproAzot4.1 
 10. Hinnant, Kryvbasb.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Millage, Khimik2.5 
 2. House, Azovmash1.8 
 3. Sirutavicius, Dnipro.1.6 
 4. Gliebov, BC Donetsk1.5 
 5. Burns, Fe.1.5 
 6. Zimmerman, Hoverla1.5 
 7. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.5 
 8. Love, Mykolaiv1.5 
 9. Greene, Mykolaiv1.4 
 10. Swanson, Hoverla1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.3 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.2 
 3. Hunter, Fe.1.6 
 4. Agafonov, Budiv.1.5 
 5. Morrison, Halyc.1.4 
 6. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.4 
 7. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 8. Pettway, Dnipro1.3 
 9. Owens, Azovmash1.2 
 10. Onufriyev, Mykolaiv1.2 


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Stats Leaders - BBL
Points Per Game
 Trey MOORE
  Newcastle
  (192-G-75)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Moore, Newcastle22.8 
 2. Bell, Cheshire Jets22.6 
 3. Dagostino, Sheffi.21.2 
 4. Smith, Newcastle21.1 
 5. Blount, Leices.20.2 
 6. Gilbert, Worcester20.2 
 7. Greer, Cheshire.20.0 
 8. Zabas, Plymouth20.0 
 9. Chapman, Newcastle19.8 
 10. Prezzie-Blue, Worth.19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn MYERS
  MK Lions
  (198-G/F-69)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Myers, MK Lions10.3 
 2. Nottley, Worthing9.3 
 3. Durant, Worthing9.3 
 4. Rowe, Plymouth9.1 
 5. Missere, Leices.9.0 
 6. Tuck, Sheffiel.8.8 
 7. Greer, Cheshire.8.6 
 8. Williams, Sheffi.8.5 
 9. Polk, Plymouth8.4 
 10. Toney, Liverpoo.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Trey MOORE
  Newcastle
  (192-G-75)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Moore, Newcastle6.2 
 2. Clark, MK Lions5.6 
 3. Zabas, Plymouth5.0 
 4. Bolds, MK Lions4.8 
 5. Middleton, Worce.4.4 
 6. Blount, Leices.4.3 
 7. Creppy, Worcester4.0 
 8. Patton, Sheffi.4.0 
 9. Missere, Leices.3.9 
 10. Chapman, Newcastle3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Bolds, MK Lions3.3 
 2. Middleton, Worce.2.3 
 3. Bell, Cheshire Jets2.2 
 4. Moore, Newcastle2.1 
 5. Gumbs, Plymouth2.0 
 6. McLemore, Guildf.2.0 
 7. Harrison, Glasgow .1.9 
 8. Murray, Cheshire.1.9 
 9. Greer, Cheshire.1.8 
 10. Dagostino, Sheffi.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Otis POLK
  Plymouth
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Polk, Plymouth1.9 
 2. Missere, Leices.1.8 
 3. Richard, Newcastle1.6 
 4. Potter, Leices.1.2 
 5. Sturt, Essex P.1.0 
 6. Williams, Sheffi.0.9 
 7. Dobbins, Worcester0.9 
 8. Woodfork, Worthing0.8 
 9. Toney, Liverpoo.0.8 
 10. Rowe, Plymouth0.8 


Molten Monthly Award For Veteran Myers - by Paul Nilsen
Prestige Homes MK Lions forward Shawn Myers (198-G/F-69, college: W.Georgia) has been handed the accolade of the Molten BBL Player Of The Month For February after the veteran produced some stunning numbers during the period to help his team.

Myers averaged the highest performance valuation of any BBL player during February after averaging a superb double-double across the eight games he played during a busy month of action.

The 41 year old averaged 18.5 points and 12.4 rebounds per game while shooting an impressive percentage of 65% inside.

With a wealth of BBL experience including stints with Eagles, Jets and Riders, Myers used all of his experience to help his team pick up a number of victories in the month including a particularly memorable success against title chasing Mersey Tigers.



Jones Looking Forward ToTrophy Reunion - by Paul Nilsen
Mersey Tigers shooting guard James Jones (193-G/F-83, college: Whitworth) cant wait to face his old side Guildford Heat at the O2 when the Franklin & Marshall BBL Trophy Final takes place on Saturday lunchtime. Jones collected a Trophy winner's medal with the Heat in 2008 as they defeated Newcastle Eagles in the final, and hes excited about the prospect of playing them at the world famous London venue.

Jones collected a Trophy winner's medal with the Heat in 2008 as they defeated Newcastle Eagles in the final, and hes excited about the prospect of playing them at the world famous London venue:

Its against my former club, and obviously that begins to mean a bit less as the years go on, but its good to be playing against them.

I played with Mike [Martin, Heat captain], hes a great guy to have in the BBL and I know hell have his team-mates pumped up for the final. To be honest, whoever we played in the final, wed just want to win.

It will be the second final of the season for the Tigers, and Jones is looking to put the nightmare BBL Cup final in which they lost 93-66 against One Health Sharks Sheffield behind him:

Its a chance to put right the BBL Cup final, as that was a complete nightmare, and get a piece of silverware said the England international.

It will be the first time 27-year-old Jones has had the chance to play at the O2, and hes excited to be playing in the capital: Ive not played there, but Ive seen GB play there and Im really looking forward, as are the rest of the guys. Its a great place to watch a game, and itll be good to find out what its like to play there.

Jones admits that hes unsure of the Heat side hell face on Saturday: Weve played them a couple of times, but theyve made some changes and signed a new point guard and big man. Im sure Tony [Garbelotto] will have the well-scouted. Mike and Julius Joseph know this league well, though, and theyll be out to win the Trophy.



02 Experience Will Be Thrill For Heat Vet - by Paul Nilsen
Guildford Heat veteran Julius Joseph (193-F-75, college: Georgia Coll.) is excited about the prospect of playing at the O2 as his team prepare to face Mersey Tigers in Saturdays Franklin & Marshall BBL Trophy Final.

Im definitely looking forward to it said the 35-year-old former Great Britain international, Its a great arena, and although Ive never played there, Ive been there a few times most recently for the Lakers game and I know the environment and the atmosphere can really electric and amazing.

With his side having already suffered defeats in both the BBL Championship and Cup against the Tigers this season, Joseph has a good idea what to expect from the Tigers on Saturday lunchtime:

Nate Reinking and Drew Sullivan are definitely key for them. But I get to match up against James Jones, hes s tricky player and a good shooter. Hes got a great basketball IQ and hes a talented individual.

Joseph recognises that a Tigers side that contains two members of the Great Britain side has the edge when it comes experience of playing in key games, but believes his side can spring a surprise:

Tigers have a lot more experience of big games than us, and theyve already played in a final this year. That may work in their favour, but we have a lot of heart and weve done well to get to the final. Well be doing our best to win the championship. Were healthy and ready to go.

The Heat go into the game on the back of three wins in the space of five days which has seen them strengthen their bid for a place in the play-offs, and Joseph is delighted with the form they are showing in the lead-up to the final:

Weve managed to put together a good run of form and get some rhythm together. It worked out well to have three games in such a short period of time. The new guys needed those games to find their feet in the league, and that can only help us on Saturday.



Paternostro Molten BBL Coach Of Month For February - by Paul Nilsen
Rob Paternostro is the Molten BBL Coach Of The Month for February after his Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders team won four of six games during the month to consolidate their play-off position in the BBL Championship amidst fierce competition from their rivals.

The play-caller watched as his players ensured the club remained unbeaten at home after securing four victories against four teams who were all placed above Riders in the BBL Championship table.

The month started off well for Paternostro when his team beat One Heath Sharks Sheffield and despite crashing at UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders the following day, they came roaring back with three wins in a row.

Riders beat Guildford Heat, Newcastle Eagles and Glasgow Rocks before narrowly losing 88-85 on the road to Heat last weekend.

Paternostro has a tough task in getting his team straight back to winning ways with a tough trip to One Health Sharks Sheffield pencilled in for Friday night and he will be hoping March begins the same way as February did - with a win against the Yorkshire club.



The Lord Mayor and NBA CARES - by Steve Dagostino
Last week, the Sheffield Sharks organization was invited to a gathering with the Lord Mayor of Sheffield at his City hall office. My teammates and I, as well as management, got a chance to drink beers and chat with the Lord Mayor himself as he recognized our 2011 BBL CUP championship. It was an awesome time. His office was amazing. If anyone has seen Boardwalk Empire, it resembles 'Nucky Thompson's' office. If you haven't seen Boardwalk Empire, then you have serious problems and need to get on it quickly. The office is decorated with portraits of former Lord Mayor's from the 1800's, swords, and all types of interesting pieces of history. For all his prestige, the best thing about the Lord Mayor is his bling. He rocks a huge gold chain necklace that is so heavy it needs to be reinforced with an extra strap that goes around his neck. The night was one of those that takes your mind off of the court and helps you realize some of the opportunities that playing overseas can get you.

Speaking of opportunities the NBA Cares program held a clinic in Sheffield as part of England's basketball week leading up the the NBA game this weekend. I got a chance to coach at the clinic and speak with former NBA assistant and current Memphis Grizzlies Scout Gordon Chiesa. Amazing man, who taught me alot about the game in only 25 minutes of conversation. The event was pretty sweet and even though i'm a nike guy, the adidas sponsored clinic was definately another notch to put on my basketball belt. Especially because in the summers i run my own camps and clinics in Upstate NY. Check out www.dagsbasketball.com if you have a chance.

As far as basketball goes, it seems like we can't sweep a weekend series, we have split the last three weekends, losing on the tail end each time. This last weekend we played the two teams directly in front of us. We ended up beating Nick Livas (198-G-88, college: Ill.-Springfield) (a dominant Greek who wants a big contract next year!!) and the Glasgow Rocks by 7 which was a big win. Then we lost on the road to Cheshire who has a crazy home court advantage (think CYO gym with wooden backboards and concrete floor), nonetheless with there big guy Matt Schneck (203-C-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: St.Cloud St.) back they have a solid squad for the end of the season. We still have 13 games left in the season and alot of optimism to finish in the top 4. We sit in 5th now but have the same amount of losses as the 3rd place team. The league is wide open and each game means alot to all of the teams. It will definately be interesting to find out where each team ends up.

This blogging thing isn't too bad, i'm glad i have the opportunity to do it. Thanks to all those who read this blog.
-Dags


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  VENEZUELA   


Jonathan Polanco; stop is not an option - by Jonathan Leon
After an unexpected decision from Guaiqueries'Head Coach Tony Ruiz as letting him go and some disrespectful comments from team president Rodolfo Tovar on Venezuela media against his basketball skills level ; Venezuelan shooting guard Jonathan Polanco flew out to the Caribbean to play the XXXI Superior Basketball tournament in Santiago Dominican Republic. ' I respect their decision, Jonathan Polanco says, but I don't understand why they came out on media with negatives comments and why they don't let me keep my rights to play with another LPB team ' Johnathan Polanco (190-G-82) doesn't want to please those that wants to stop him. Polanco whom played 4 successful college level seasons in USA and now with more than 5 years of experience in the professional level among Venezuela, Mexico and Dominican Republic, will join Pueblo Nuevo Basketball club to keep going with his professional basketball player career.


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


Stats Leaders - LPB
Points Per Game
 Evan BROCK
  Guaiqueries
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 16
 1. Brock, Guaiqueries16.0 
 2. Coleman, Panteras16.0 
 3. Flores, Panteras16.0 
 4. Cobos, Guaiqueries13.0 
 5. Rondon, Guaiqueries9.0 
 6. Jackson, Panteras9.0 
 7. Cristopher, Pante.8.0 
 8. Mensah, Panteras8.0 
 9. Torres, Panteras8.0 
 10. Silva, Guaiqueries7.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 DeAndre COLEMAN
  Panteras
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 14
 1. Coleman, Panteras14.0 
 2. Brock, Guaiqueries7.0 
 3. Irazabal, Panteras6.0 
 4. Jackson, Panteras6.0 
 5. Flores, Panteras6.0 
 6. Rondon, Guaiqueries5.0 
 7. Machado, Guaiquer.5.0 
 8. Chiquito, Guaiqueries5.0 
 9. Mensah, Panteras4.0 
 10. Cobos, Guaiqueries3.0 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos CEDENO
  Guaiqueries
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 7
 1. Cedeno, Guaiqueries7.0 
 2. Torres, Panteras2.0 
 3. Mensah, Panteras2.0 
 4. Coleman, Panteras2.0 
 5. Machado, Guaiquer.1.0 
 6. Cobos, Guaiqueries1.0 
 7. Silva, Guaiqueries1.0 
 8. Irazabal, Panteras1.0 
 9. Diaz, Panteras1.0 
 10. Brock, Guaiqueries1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kojo MENSAH
  Panteras
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 6
 1. Mensah, Panteras6.0 
 2. Cristopher, Pante.3.0 
 3. Torres, Panteras3.0 
 4. Machado, Guaiquer.2.0 
 5. Coleman, Panteras2.0 
 6. Cedeno, Guaiqueries2.0 
 7. Diaz, Panteras2.0 
 8. Osorio, Panteras1.0 
 9. Flores, Panteras1.0 
 10. Cobos, Guaiqueries1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Carlos RODRIGUEZ
  Guaiqueries
  (206-C-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Rodriguez, Guaiquer.2.0 
 2. Coleman, Panteras2.0 
 3. Brock, Guaiqueries2.0 
 4. Jackson, Panteras2.0 
 5. Arteaga, Guaiquer.0.0 
 6. Silva, Guaiqueries0.0 
 7. Osorio, Panteras0.0 
 8. Rondon, Guaiqueries0.0 
 9. Mensah, Panteras0.0 
 10. Cobos, Guaiqueries0.0 


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  WABA   


Jalaa and Riyadi open semifinal series with victories - by Eurobasket News
Jalaa - Zob Ahan 89:76
Jalaa clinched the opening win in their WABA League semifinal series against Zob Ahan. The Syrian team celebrated the victory at home court yesterday. It was the seventh straight win for Jalaa in this years edition of the tournament. Ramy Merjani (181-G-83) came up with 19 points to lead the effort.
Jalaa led from start to finish in this one. The hosts accumulated a 26:14 lead after ten minutes of action. They controlled the tempo in the second half and posted a well-deserved win at the end. Marcelle Yaqqub (206-C-77) delivered 18 points for Jalaa. Samaki Walker (206-F/C-76, college: Louisville) and Jamaal Miller (187-G-82, agency: Court Side, college: Green River CC) added 16 points each in the victory. Michel Maadanli provided 12 points for the home team. The teams are scheduled to meet in Iran on March 7.

Jalaa: Ramy Merjani 19, Marcelle Yaqqub 18, Samaki Walker 16, Jamaal Miller 16
Zob Ahan: Carlos Powell 27, Ousmane Barro 19



Mahram - Riyadi 90:94
Riyadi posted the opening win in WABA League semifinal series against Mahram. The Lebanese powerhouse stole a difficult road win in Iran yesterday. Nathanel Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) unloaded 24 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and made 6 assists to pace the winners. The teams now move to Beirut for what could be the decisive second game of the series.
Mahram showed their ambitions early in the encounter. They entered the game aggressively and capped the starting term with a 9:0 run to take a 28:17 lead. Mahram stretched the margin to 16 points in the second term 38:22. But Riyadi reacted with a stifling defense as they went on a 15:0 spurt to surge in front. The visitors took over from that point and rolled comfortably. Mahram never got any closer in the reminder of the contest as the Lebanese team celebrated a crucial road win at the end. Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) produced 23 points and 11 rebounds for Riyadi. Omar El Turk (188-G-81, college: Dawson Coll.) netted 16 points in the victory. Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) answered with 22 points and 14 boards for Mahram. Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara) produced 19 points in the loss.

Mahram: Chris Williams 22+14 boards, Marlon Garnett 19
Riyadi: Nathanel Johnson 24+10 boards, Loren Woods 23+11 boards, Omar El Turk 16






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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


Final-Four moved to Sibenik - by Zeljko Zule
The board of Women Adriatic League has reached an agreement to hold the 2011 Final-Four in Sibenik, Croatia.
The final tournament, which will take place on the weekend of March 5-6, were scheduled to take place in Belgrade, Serbia, but a decision was taken to move the season finale events in order to guarantee greater public attention.
Schedule
March, 5: 16.30 Gospic CO (1)-Celje (4), 18.45 Partizan Galenika (2)-Sibenik Jolly JBS
March, 6: 18.00 finals




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  BELGIUM - Women  


Belgian D1 round 20 best performance: Laurence VanMalderen - by Eurobasket News
International center Laurence VanMalderen (193-C-81, agency: LBM Management) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Dexia Namur, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, eight rebounds) to her team's victory, helping them to crush Willebroek (#10, 5-13) with 18-point margin 83-65. Dexia Namur maintains the 4th position in Belgian D1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Dexia Namur will need more victories to improve their 12-7 record. In the team's last game VanMalderen had a remarkable 91.7% from 2-point range. She turned to be Dexia Namur's top player in her first season with the team. Laurence VanMalderen has solid league stats. She is in league's top in points (7th best: 15.2ppg) and averages impressive 55.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old former international forward Annelies Blommaers (176-F-83) of Houthalen. Blommaers had a very good evening with 33 points and 5 rebounds. Bad luck as Houthalen lost that game 75-85 to slightly higher-ranked R.Spirou M. (#6, 8-10). Houthalen is still in a red zone at 7th spot in the standings. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-12 record. Blommaers is well-known at Houthalen and is a proven leader in her second season with the team. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.8ppg (#9).

Third on the list of top players last round was Hungarian center Katalin Kurtozi (193-C-81, agency: LBM Management) of R.Spirou M. (#6). Kurtozi scored 18 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). She was a key player of R.Spirou M., leading her team to a 85-75 win against slightly lower-ranked Houthalen (#7, 6-12). The chances of R.Spirou M. ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Kurtozi could help R.Spirou M. to bring them higher in the standings. Kurtozi has a great season in Belgium. After only 7 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.6rpg (5th best). She also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 50.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Melissa Dennett (188-F-83) of Sint Kateline - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) of Sint Kateline - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Melissa Dennett (188-F-83) of Sint Kateline - 18 points and 8 rebounds
7. Virginie Michiels (182-F-87) of R.Spirou M. - 16 points and 9 rebounds
8. Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) of Sint Kateline - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Julie Vanloo (172-G-93) of Waregem - 22 points and 3 rebounds
10. Virginie Michiels (182-F-87) of R.Spirou M. - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Ariadna FELIPE
  Santo Andre
  (179-G/F-83)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Felipe, Santo Andre17.7 
 2. Silvestre, Sao C.15.0 
 3. Da Costa, Basque.14.8 
 4. Martins, Americana14.3 
 5. Jacintho, Santo A.14.3 
 6. Crepaldi, Basque.13.9 
 7. Santos, Acucar13.3 
 8. Marcal, Acucar13.1 
 9. de Sousa, Joinville12.7 
 10. Santos Luz, Acucar12.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Fernanda DA COSTA
  Basquete Clube
  (193-C-85)
  Avg: 11
 1. Da Costa, Basque.11.0 
 2. Santos, Acucar10.8 
 3. Nascimiento, Basque.10.4 
 4. Gomes, Sao Caetano9.0 
 5. Ferreira, Sao C.8.4 
 6. Lima, Santo Andre8.2 
 7. Plutin, Ourinhos6.9 
 8. Garvao, Santo Andre6.6 
 9. da Silva, Joinville6.5 
 10. Felipe, Santo Andre6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Bethania VASCONCELOS
  Ourinhos
  (178-G/F-81)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Vasconcelos, Ourin.4.8 
 2. Mares Burian, Acu.4.7 
 3. de Souza, Ourinhos4.0 
 4. Honorio, Americana3.6 
 5. de Oliveira, Santo A.3.2 
 6. Veneza, Basquete.3.2 
 7. da Silva, M.Petrob.3.0 
 8. Santos Luz, Acucar3.0 
 9. Garvao, Santo Andre2.9 
 10. Jacintho, Santo A.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Karla MARTINS
  Americana
  (173-G-78)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Martins, Americana2.5 
 2. de Sousa, Joinville2.5 
 3. de Souza, Ourinhos2.4 
 4. Jacintho, Santo A.2.3 
 5. De Oliveira, Ourinhos2.1 
 6. Duarte, M.Petrob.2.0 
 7. Lacerda, M.Petrob.2.0 
 8. Mares Burian, Acu.1.8 
 9. Felipe, Santo Andre1.8 
 10. Marcal, Acucar1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Isis NASCIMIENTO
  Basquete Clube
  (202-C-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Nascimiento, Basque.2.4 
 2. Lima, Santo Andre1.2 
 3. Gomes, Sao Caetano1.1 
 4. Garvao, Santo Andre0.9 
 5. Caetano De S., Americ.0.8 
 6. de Souza, Joinville0.8 
 7. Jacintho, Santo A.0.7 
 8. Andrade, Sao C.0.5 
 9. Santos, M.Petrob.0.5 
 10. Da Costa, Basque.0.5 


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Charel Allen claims Bulgarian NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Charel Allen (181-G-86, agency: LBM Management) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Dunav Ruse and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 24-year old guard had the game-high 31 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for Dunav in her team's victory, helping them to beat Lukoil (11-6) 89-81. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Dunav is placed at 2nd position in Bulgarian NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Dunav will need more victories to improve their 11-6 record. In the team's last game Allen had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. She turned to be Dunav's top player in her first season with the team. University of Notre Dame graduate has very impressive stats this year. Allen is in league's top in points (2nd best: 19.8ppg), rebounds (7th best: 7.4rpg) and averages solid 2.2spg and 57.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old former international forward Natalia Topalova-Shopova (187-F-80) of Levski Sofia. Topalova-Shopova impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds. Of course she lead Levski to another comfortable win outscoring Slavia (#6, 0-17) 71-27. Levski's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. Her team's 11-6 record is not bad at all. Topalova-Shopova is a newcomer at Levski and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Juanita Ward (180-G-86, agency: Merit Sports) of Beroe 07 (#5). Ward scored 20 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). She was a key player of Beroe 07, leading her team to a 79-65 easy win against the higher-ranked Montana 2003 (#1, 12-5). The chances of Beroe 07 not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 11 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Ward could try to bring Beroe 07's a little bit higher in the standings. Ward has individually a great season in Bulgaria. After only 9 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.2ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 8.7rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Olena Samburska (172-G-89) of Lukoil - 30 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Zornitsa Kostova (176-G-82) of Dunav - 9 points, 2 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Radostina Dimitrova (185-F-85) of Levski - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Tamara Bowie (183-F/C-81) of Lukoil - 14 points and 12 rebounds
8. Hristina Minkova (184-C/F-72) of Dunav - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Agnesa Doychinova (188-F-73) of Montana 2003 - 19 points and 7 rebounds
10. Diana Naydenova (171-G-73) of Levski - 6 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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  CANADA - Women  


BlackBerry - CIS Top Ten Tuesday (#23): No. 1 Saskatchewan, Carleton impressive in hoops playoff debut - by Eurobasket News
OTTAWA (CIS) The University of Saskatchewan women and Carleton University men top the final CIS basketball rankings of the 2010-11 season.

In other CIS sports, Calgary leads the final rankings in swimming after successfully defending both national team titles last weekend, while UNB (mens hockey) and Windsor (womens & mens track and field) also maintain their No. 1 status.

In womens basketball, the Huskies, who opened the campaign at No. 6 back in early November, topped the final eight coaches polls of the season (out of 14).

After taking first place in Canada West with an impressive 22-2 conference mark, Saskatchewan kicked off the playoffs last weekend with a two-game sweep of Calgary, 76-68 and 75-64. The Huskies will now host the CWUAA Final Four starting Friday with a semifinal matchup against Fraser Valley.

In mens hoops, the Ravens were ranked No. 1 from day one and then proved their worth by posting an unblemished 22-0 record in conference play.

Carleton made quick work of Ryerson last Saturday in their post-season debut, qualifying for the OUA Final Four with a 97-73 OUA East semifinal. The Ravens face Wilfrid Laurier Friday evening in Hamilton with the winners advancing to the Wilson Cup final.

WOMENS BASKETBALL (final rankings)
(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)

1. Saskatchewan (22-2 / 2-0 playoffs) / 72 pts (6) / (1)
2. Windsor (20-2 / 1-0 playoffs) / 66 / (2)
3. Regina (19-5 / 2-0 playoffs) / 59 / (4)
4. Carleton (18-4 / 2-0 playoffs) / 53 / (6)
5. Western Ontario (19-3 / 1-1 playoffs) / 48 / (3)
6. Toronto (18-4 / 1-1 playoffs) / 40 / (5)
7. Cape Breton (16-4) / 39 / (8)
8. Alberta (17-7 / 2-0 playoffs) / 29 / (10)
9. Wilfrid Laurier (15-7 / 2-1 playoffs) / 23 / (NR)
10. UNB (14-6) / 20 / (7)

Other teams receiving votes: McGill (10), Winnipeg (4), StFX (4).



2010-11 RSEQ major awards and all-stars announced - by Eurobasket News
MONTREAL - The Rseau du sport tudiant du Qubec (RSEQ) announced today the 2010-11 university women's basketball individual award winners and members of the association's all-star teams. McGill Martlet *Anneth Him-Lazarenko (178-F) (Laval, QC) is the Player of the Year after leading her team to the RSEQ regular season title for the first time since 1995-96. The former Vanier College Cheetah averaged a league-best 15.6 points per game and was second in the conference in rebounds per game with 8.6. The education student (with a concentration in social sciences) also posted the best shooting rate (.541), and was one of the top rebounders in the conference averaging 3.8 offensive and 4.9 defensive boards per game averages. The 2008-09 rookie of the year also captured the Tracy MacLeod Award from Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) last year underlining her determination, perseverance and courage. In 2007-08, she was picked on the AAA College League First All-Star Team.

Concordia Stinger Kaylah Barrett (173-G) (Brampton, ON) is both the Defensive Player of the Year and the Rookie of the Year. The Religious Studies student had the best league-wide steals per game average (2.9) and was second in offensive rebounds with 3.8 per game. She was fourth overall in the RSEQ in total boards per game with 7.6 while ranking ninth in the points per game with 11.5.

*Marie-Michelle Genois (Cap-Sant, QC) of the Laval Rouge et Or is the RSEQ's nominee for the CIS Sylvia Sweeney Award honouring academic and athletic excellence. The two-time player of the year finished first in the league with 10.6 the rebounds per game, 1.6 blocked shots per game and 7.4 defensive rebounds per match. The masters student in Cellular and Molecular Biology posted an overall 4.18 grade point average on a scale of 4.33. The former Ste. Foy Cegep Dynamique was a guest athlete at many events, such as the Rimouski Basketball Camp, the Portneuf Schoolboard Charity Golf Tournament and the Dribblons avec cur Event (Dribble with Heart) at the Dominique-Savio Elementary School.

Jessy Roy (173-G) (Val-d'Or, QC) of the Bishop's Gaiters is the RSEQ's nominee for CIS Tracy MacLeod Award that honours determination, perseverance and courage. The former Sherbrooke Cegep Volontaire returned from a pair of severe injuries to become on of the league's elite players. The senior starter missed the second half of last season with injuries to her shoulder and knee but resumed play this season and closed the campaign as the sixth best pointer getter with 12.3 ppg and was third in the assists per game with 3.6. A second-team all-star, Roy was second in the RSEQ in 2010-11 with 2.4 steals per game.

McGill's Ryan Thorne is the conference Coach of the Year after leading the Martlets to the regular season pennant with a 13-3 record, the team's highest win total since 1996-97. Thorne also guided the Martlets to the best offensive and defensive records in the conference. In his eighth season as bench boss of the Marlets, Thorne was previously honoured as the league's top coach in 2005-06. A former standout at Bishop's University, he helped the Gaiters win Quebec's last CIS title in 1998.

Rounding out the major award winners is Mario Boutin who was named Official of the Year.

Playoffs on this week's menu
A pair of semifinals are on the agenda Wednesday night in RSEQ women's university basketball action.

The Laval Rouge et Or will travel down Autoroute 20 to face the McGill Martlets this Wednesday at 7 pm (ET). McGill has won three of the four regular season matchups against the six-time champions in the last decade. McGill's last championship goes back to 1995-96.

The other semifinal sees the Concordia Stingers heading across town to tip-off against the UQAM Citadins at 7 pm. UQAM was the winner of three out of four games this season against Concordia and home court has been an true advantage for UQAM who have not lost to the Stingers since January 26, 2007.

The semifinal winners will tip-off in the title game, Saturday night at the home of the highest remaining seed. The RSEQ champions will move on to the CIS women's basketball championship March 18-20 at the University of Windsor while the loser will have a shot at redemption as they head to Western Canada to participate in one of three CIS regional play-in tournaments.

Player of the Year
*Aillier, Anneth Him-Lazarenko, U. McGill, Secondary Social Sciences, Laval, QC, Vanier College

Defensive Player of the Year
Arrire, Kaylah Barrett, U. Concordia, Religion, Brampton, ON, Sultan Prospects OBA

Rookie of the Year
Arrire, Kaylah Barrett, U. Concordia, Religion, Brampton, ON, Sultan Prospects OBA

Sylvia Sweeney Award Nomination
*Ailier/centre, Marie-Michelle Genois, U. Laval, QC, Matrise biologie cellulaire et molculaire, Cap-Sant, Cgep de Sainte-Foy

Tracy MacLeod Award Nomination
Arrire, Jessy Roy, U. Bishop's, Math / Education, Val-d'Or, QC, Cgep de Sherbrooke

Coach of the Year
Ryan Thorne , U. McGill

Official of the Year
Mario Boutin

FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM

Position, Name, School, Program, Hometown, Last team

*Forward, Anneth Him-Lazarenko, U. McGill, Secondary Social Sciences, Laval, QC, Vanier College
*Forward/Centre, Marie-Michelle Genois, U. Laval, Matrise biologie cellulaire et molculaire, Cap-Sant, QC, Cgep de Sainte-Foy
*Guard, Marie-Eve Martin, U. McGill, Sociology, Granby, QC, Vanier College
Guard, Kaylah Barrett, U. Concordia, Religion, Brampton, ON, Sultan Prospects OBA
Guard, Michelle Auger-Bellemare, UQAM, Sciences comptables, Victoriaville, QC, Collge douard-Montpetit

SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM

Position, Name, School, Program, Hometown, Last team

Guard, Jessy Roy, U. Bishop's, Math / Education, Val-d'Or, QC, Cgep de Sherbrooke
Guard, Yasmin Jean-Philippe, U. Concordia, Sociology, Montral, QC, Vanier College
Guard, Jessica Bibeau-Ct, UQAM, Communication, Sherbrooke, QC, Cgep de Sherbrooke
Guard, Elyse Jobin (180-G-90), U. Laval, Physiothrapie, Campbellton, NB, NEDA
Guard, Franoise Charest, U. McGill, Industrial Relations, Qubec, QC, Cgep de Sainte-Foy

ROOKIE ALL-STAR TEAM

Position, Name, School, Program, Hometown, Last team

Guard, Kaylah Barrett, U. Concordia, Religion, Brampton, ON, Sultan Prospects
Guard, Roya Assadi, U. McGill, Science (undeclared), Vancouver, Colombie-Britannique, York House School
Forward, Gabrielle Chamberland, U. Bishop's, Business, Sherbrooke, QC, Cgep de Sherbrooke
Centre, Bailey Trafford, U. Bishop's, Env. Biology, Centerville, NB, Carleton North H.S.
Guard, Catherine Groleau (175-G-90), U. Laval, Administration des affaires, Qubec, QC, Cgep de Sainte-Foy

*Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence bursary winner
Courtesy of:RSEQ



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  CHINA - Women  


Quarterfinals openers - by Eurobasket News
Shenyang Golden Lions, Guangdong Dolphins, Bayi Kylin and Liaoning Hengye won their first Quarterfinal games. Liaoning produced a 72:63 win against Beijing Great Wall. Shenyang outscored Zhejiang Far East 88:84 as Miao LiJie (180-G-81) erupted with 36 points. Guangdong edged Jiangsu Phoenix 72:68. Bayi Kylin survived a scare against Qujing Yunnan before prevailing 70:69. Chen Nan (197-C-83) had 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Games 2 will be played on March 4th.




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  CROATIA - Women  


Gospic and Lupa opens with comfortable wins - by Zeljko Zule
Gospic CO and Lupa promotion earned comfortable wins in the opening Round of League Play-Off, while the gams Sibenik-Pula was delayed.
Studenac Omis-Lupa promotion 67-88 (Puljic 6, Buzov 11, Javorcic 9, Seric 16, Vrkic 2, Dilber 7, Sesnic 16 Juric 2, Cacic 5, Cuncic 11, Vukicevic 2, Vukoje 10, Matic 26, Bosnjak 4, Mada 16, Miller 12): Lupa outscored thje home team 29-8 in the first quarter quarter and handed out 30 assists. Jasenka Meda delivered a double-oduble in her debut with 16 points and 11 rebounds, Jovana Vukoje had 10 points and 11 asists, Ivona Matic scored game-high 26 points and Britany Miller added 12. Omis were outrebounded 19-39. Ivana Seric and Dina Sesnic posted 16 points apiece and Tea Buzov 12.
Gospic CO-Medvescak 100-73 (Mandir 22, Reid 12, Gambiraza 7, Jurcevic 11, Aleksic 4, Vrsaljko 10, Pavetic 10, P.Devcic 2, Maslowski 22 - Meznaric 11, Peric 6, Begic 13, Borovic 20, Bedalov 4, Rados 2, Tikvic 17): Gospic led by as many as 26 poinst at the break and had six scorers in double digits. Sandra Mandir and Michelle Maslowski netted 22 points each, Maurita Reid 12, Ivona Jurcevic 11 and Ana Vrsaljko and Sena.Pavetic added 10 apiece. Medvescak played without their leading scorer Iva Badanjak.
Sibenik Jolly JBS-Pula postoponed
League Play-Out:
Croatia 2006-Split 77-58 (Butina 3, Dikic 14, Kelava 1, Ilijanic 14, Kraljev 16, Dzankic 13, Stilinovic 10, Borenovic 6 - Babun 5, Laura 12, Giljanovic, Parunov 4, Zovko 13, Cizmic 12, Skara 4)
Agram-Plamen
Zadar bye



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  ESTONIA - Women  


Meisterliga Stst Leaders
Points Per Game
 Birgit PIIBUR
  Audentes
  (160-G-94)
  Avg: 14
 1. Piibur, Audentes14.0 
 2. Saat, Audentes13.0 
 3. Sokman, Tartu U.11.0 
 4. Mitt, Tartu Ulikooli9.0 
 5. Ruutli, Tartu U.8.0 
 6. Lilleallik, Tartu U.7.0 
 7. Uprus, Audentes6.0 
 8. Kullamaa, Audentes5.0 
 9. Rinaldo, Audentes5.0 
 10. Pikkur, Audent.4.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Triin MITT
  Tartu Ulikooli
  (185-F-90)
  Avg: 10
 1. Mitt, Tartu Ulikooli10.0 
 2. Sokman, Tartu U.