EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/6/2011

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  ABA   


Mavericks win again - by Gianni Pascucci
The #1 Ranked Southeast Texas Mavericks defeated their arch rival and Gulf Coast Division foe the Gulf Coast Flash on Thursday night 119-98 at their NJEC Arena in Winnie, TX.
The Mavericks won their 18th straight game of the season and their 34th straight game at home. The Mavericks have compiled an amazing 59-2 record at home over the past three seasons in the ABA.
The Mavericks came out strong in the first quarter taking a 7-2 lead to start the game. Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, agency: Tank Sports, college: IUPUI) and P.J. Couisnard (6'4''-G/F-84, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Wichita St.) set the tone with their scoring and passing. Working inside and out and using post players Jon Rogers (6'9''-F/C-84, college: Valdosta St.) and Alex Sanders (6'7''-F/C-75, college: Louisville) the Mavs showcased their power game in the paint as they controlled the lane and the tempo in the first period of play. The first quarter ended 28-19 for the Mavs, who won the second one too, 32-28, taking a 60-47 lead into the locker-room at halftime.
In the third quarter both teams play hard and well. Desmond Cambridge (6'0''-G-79, college: Alabama A&M) seemed to be everywhere and made play after play for the Mavericks, especially when it looked like Gulf Coast would cut into the Mavs lead. Each team would make runs, but it was the Mavericks spurted late in the quarter to take a 16 point lead into the fourth and final quarter of play. In the last period Cambridge continued his all over the court mastery as he would collect 7 steals for the game. SETX won the final quarter by five points (33-28) andtook the win.
Cambridge and Bradley led the Mavericks with 22 points apiece. Couisnard scored 16 points and pulled down 7 rebounds. Brandon Davis (6'7''-F/C, college: S.Alabama) again had another double/double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Myles Thrash (6'0''-G-77, college: Stillman) scored 12 points as well on the night. Freeman Taylor (6'6''-F-81, college: Robert Morris), Luther Suggs (6'5''-F/G-87, college: Missis.Gulf Coast CC), and Jordan Payne (6'3''-G-85) each scored 18 points respectively for the Flash. Taylor also pulled down a game high 15 rebounds.
The SETX Mavericks will be at home tonight vs the 3rd Coast Ballers Travel Team from League City, TX. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 PM.


Standings
ABA Standings
 1. Colorado Kings 17-0 
 2. Arlington B. 2-3 
 3. NY Prime Time 1-4 
 4. Santa Barbara 0-0 
 5. Texas RR 0-1 
 6. Shizuoka Gym. 0-4 
Gulf Coast
 1. SE Texas M. 27-1 
 2. Gulf Coast F. 8-5 
 3. Mobile Bay H. 4-2 
 4. Louisiana U. 1-5 
 5. Cypress 0-0 
 6. Houston R.S. 0-9 
Mid-Atlantic
 1. Seven Cities 16-2 
 2. Atlanta V. 0-0 
 3. Charlotte 0-0 
 4. College Park 0-0 
 5. Fayetteville F. 0-0 
 6. Georgia G. 0-0 
 7. Georgia K. 0-0 
NoCal
 1. E.Bay Pitbulls 14-5 
 2. Bay Area M. 13-7 
 3. Modesto H. 9-9 
 4. Sacramento H. 8-6 
 5. California SK 8-7 
 6. S.Francisco R. 5-3 
 7. Clayton 0-0 
North Central
 1. Chicago Steam 13-3 
 2. Lake Michigan 11-5 
 3. NWI M.Stars 4-6 
 4. Detroit Hoops 0-0 
 5. Elkhart E. 0-0 
 6. Indianapolis 0-0 
 7. Kansas City S. 0-0 
 8. Pittsburgh P. 0-0 
Northeast
 1. Jersey Expr. 8-6 
 2. NY Red Riders 0-0 
 3. NY Thunder 0-0 
 4. S.Jersey 0-0 
 5. Tri-City Suns 0-0 
Northwest
 1. Seattle M. 14-1 
SoCal
 1. San Diego Sol 15-3 
 2. Las Vegas A. 9-1 
 3. LA Slam 8-6 
 4. San Diego S. 7-6 
 5. Compton C. 0-0 
 6. S.Valley Fever 0-0 
 7. Mid-Valley 0-1 
 8. Riverside R. 0-1 
 9. SoCal Swish 0-4 
South Central
 1. E.Kentucky En. 16-1 
 2. St. Louis 8-3 
 3. Columbus Diesel 8-4 
 4. W.Virginia B. 8-8 
 5. Kentucky B. 0-0 
 6. Kentucky C. 0-0 
Southeast
 1. Jacksonville 19-0 
 2. Columbus Life 11-3 
 3. Savannah Storm 11-6 
 4. Heartland P. 8-3 
 5. Bahama PS 0-0 
 6. Florida M. 0-0 
 7. Florida Th. 0-0 
 8. Orlando Kings 0-0 
 9. Team Haiti 0-0 
Southwest
 1. Texas Fuel 15-4 
 2. North Dallas 12-6 
 3. Oklahoma 8-6 
 4. West Texas W. 8-6 
 5. N.Texas F. 1-5 
 6. Dallas Impact 0-0 


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Krka 16-7 
 2. Partizan 15-7 
 3. Union Olimpija 14-8 
 4. KK Zagreb CO 13-9 
 5. Buducnost 13-10 
 6. Radnicki 11-11 
 7. Hemofarm 11-11 
 8. CEZ Nymburk 11-12 
 9. Cedevita 11-12 
 10. Igokea 10-12 
 11. Cibona 10-13 
 12. Siroki TT 9-14 
 13. Crvena Zvezda 7-16 
 14. Zadar 7-16 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Michael LEE
  Radnicki
  (207-F-86)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Lee, Radnicki20.1 
 2. Zoric, KK.19.7 
 3. Bogdanovic, Cibona19.3 
 4. Macvan, Hemofarm19.2 
 5. Marsh, Crvena Z.18.6 
 6. Draper, Cedevita17.8 
 7. Edwards, Cedevita17.5 
 8. Chase, Igokea16.5 
 9. Car, Zadar16.2 
 10. Dragicevic, Buduc.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Zoric, KK.8.6 
 2. Harvey, Igokea7.6 
 3. Dragicevic, Buduc.7.0 
 4. Gist, Partizan6.9 
 5. Macvan, Hemofarm6.8 
 6. Kasun, KK.6.2 
 7. Benda, CEZ Nymburk6.0 
 8. Necas, CEZ Nymburk5.9 
 9. Nikolic, Crvena Z.5.7 
 10. Lee, Radnicki5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Draper, Cedevita5.4 
 2. Markovic, Radnicki4.9 
 3. Pavkovic, Hemofarm4.9 
 4. Morovic, Siroki TT4.1 
 5. Renfroe, KK.3.8 
 6. Ilievski, Union O.3.8 
 7. Chase, Igokea3.8 
 8. Nissim, CEZ N.3.5 
 9. Car, Zadar3.4 
 10. Vladovic, Zadar3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Draper, Cedevita2.3 
 2. Lee, Radnicki2.1 
 3. Stemberger, Siroki T.2.1 
 4. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.9 
 5. Car, Zadar1.9 
 6. Dragic, Krka1.9 
 7. Renfroe, KK.1.8 
 8. Simonovic, Buduc.1.6 
 9. Radosevic, Cibona1.6 
 10. Ozbolt, Union O.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Zoric, KK.1.3 
 2. Nikolic, Crvena Z.1.1 
 3. Dragicevic, Buduc.1.0 
 4. Radosevic, Cibona0.9 
 5. Shermadini, Union O.0.9 
 6. Jawai, Partizan0.8 
 7. Edwards, Cedevita0.7 
 8. Gist, Partizan0.7 
 9. Bilan, Zadar0.7 
 10. Vesely, Partizan0.7 


Zadar appoints Pino Grdovic as new Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
Zadar has a new Head Coach. Tihomir Bujan stepped down on his position recently and Zadar was on the lookout for the new coach. They identified Pino Grdovic (agency: Interperformances ) as right man for the job to help Zadar avoid relegation in Adriatic League. Grdovic has so far working with Cibona helping the team win the title in junior competition. He is expected to make his debut in the next round of Adriatic League.
Pino Grdovic (agency: Interperformances ) is most renowned as youth coach. During 2001-2002 season he was appointed as Assistant Coach at Italian outfit Paf Bologna. There his assignment was individual work with the likes of Greogr Fucka and Marko Milic. After that, Grdovic took his first Head Coaching job in 2005 when he was appointed at Union Olimpija. He led Olimpija to Slovenian Cup in 2005. However, in November of 2005 he was fired and has left the club. At the start of 2007-2008 season, Grdovic took over Cibona Zagreb youth team.


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  ARGENTINA   


Regatas Corrientes tame Halcones Xalapa at the start of Liga Americas Final Four - by Eurobasket News
Halcones Xalapa - Regatas Corrientes 72:81

Regatas Corrientes celebrated the opening win at the Liga Americas Final Four. They defeated Halcones Xalapa in Mexico yesterday to improve at 1-0 record. Regatas will next face Halcones Rojos tonight. The hosts will try to bounce back against Capitanes de Arecibo.
It was a tough battle in the first half. Neither side was able to gain any sort of clear advantage. Halcones Xalapa and Regatas stayed knotted up at 13 after ten minutes. The Argentinean team pulled in front in the second quarter. They grabbed a narrow 24:22 lead at the interval. Both teams increased the tempo in the third term. Regatas Corrientes unloaded 29 points in the period to post a comfortable 9-point lead with one quarter to go 53:44. Halcones Xalapa went on a desperate rescue rally in the fourth quarter. The hosts erupted for 28 points in the period but their defense remained out of sync and Regatas capitalized scoring 28 points of their own and stealing a valuable win at the end. Federico Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) finished with impressive 18 points and 19 rebounds for Corrientes. Ramzee Stanton (197-F-80, agency: Dream Team Management, college: W.Chester) added 17 points in the win. Louis Roe (200-F-72, college: Massachusetts) answered with 23 points and 8 rebounds for Halcones Xalapa. Leando Garcia Morales had 18 points in the loss.

Halcones Xalapa: Louis Roe 23, Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) 18
Regatas Corrientes: Federico Kammerichs 18+19 boards, Ramzee Stanton 17, Eduardo Villares (188-G-79) 15



LigaA Round 22: Penarol loses to Lanus in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Buenos Aires. Second ranked host Lanus (15-7) defeated one of their biggest challengers Penarol (13-9) 76-70. Penarol trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 14 after three quarters before a 21-13 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 70-76 at the end of the game. Lanus outrebounded Penarol 33-18 including a 27-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Penarol helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Panamanian power forward Jamaal Levy (206-83, college: Wake Forest, agency: Priority Sports) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized Italian swingman Adrian Boccia (196-82) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side guard Selem Safar (190-87) responded with 21 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lanus maintains second position with 15-7 record behind leader Obras. Defending champion Penarol keeps the third place with nine games lost. They share the position with Gimnasia CR and La Union. Lanus are looking forward to face Club 9 (#10) in Rio Tercero in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Penarol will play at home against Atenas (#6) in Cordoba and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
La Union (#4) was upset in Cordoba by seventh ranked Atenas 89-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of La Union. The former international guard Bruno Labaque (183-77, agency: Interperformances) notched 16 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and Miguel Gerlero supported him with 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Even 24 points by American guard David Jackson (196-82, college: Penn St.) did not help to save the game for La Union. Atenas (12-9) moved-up to sixth place. La Union at the other side dropped to the third position with nine games lost. They share it with Penarol and Gimnasia CR. Atenas will play against higher ranked Penarol (#3) in Mar del Plata in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. La Union will play at home against the league's leader Obras in Buenos Aires and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Sionista managed to get a seventh victory on Friday night. This time they edged fifth-ranked Gimnasia CR in Comodoro R. 80-79. Diego Osella fired 13 points for the winners. Diego Romero produced 23 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Sionista maintains sixteenth position with 7-15 record. Loser Gimnasia CR dropped to the third place with nine games lost. They share the position with Penarol and La Union. Sionista will meet at home higher ranked Argentino (#14) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Gimnasia CR will play against Regatas Corrientes (#11) and hope to secure a win.
LigaA top team - Obras (16-6) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked Libertad Sunchales (12-10) in Buenos Aires 64-60. Worth to mention a great performance of Juan Gutierrez who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 20 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!). Obras have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-6 record. Libertad Sunchales at the other side dropped to the seventh place with ten games lost. Obras' next round opponent will be La Union (#4) in Formosa. Libertad Sunchales will play at home against Estudiantes in Bahia Blanca and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Junin. Fifteenth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (7-14) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 13th ranked Argentino (8-14) 88-87 on Friday evening. Andre Laws scored 18 points to lead the charge for the winners. Olimpico de La Banda maintains fifteenth position with 7-14 record. Newly promoted Argentino dropped to the fourteenth place with 14 games lost. Olimpico de La Banda will face higher ranked Boca Juniors (#13) in Buenos Aires in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.

In the last two games of round 22 Monte Hermoso was destroyed by Boca Jrs on the opponent's court 85-56. Estudiantes managed to outperform Club 9 in a home game 94-85.



Gimnasia CR - Sionista 79-80

Bottom-ranked Sionista managed to get a seventh victory on Friday night. This time they edged fifth-ranked Gimnasia CR in Comodoro R. 80-79. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 22-11. But Gimnasia CR won second period 22-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sionista made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. The former international power forward Diego Osella (207-69) fired 13 points for the winners. Forward Alejandro Zilli (200-82) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. Center Diego Romero (209-82, college: Florida St.) produced 23 points and 9 rebounds and forward Maximiliano Maciel (198-83) added 18 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sionista maintains sixteenth position with 7-15 record. Loser Gimnasia CR dropped to the third place with nine games lost. They share the position with Penarol and La Union. Sionista will meet at home higher ranked Argentino (#14) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Gimnasia CR will play against Regatas Corrientes (#11) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Sionista: D.Osella 13+4reb+2ast, A.Zilli 13+5reb, C.Hayes 12+4reb, P.Franco 12+1reb+4ast, R.Iglesias 9+2reb, D.Hure 9+3reb
Gimnasia CR: D.Romero 23+9reb+2ast, M.Maciel 18+1reb, G.Brown 13+1reb+1ast, R.Okosa 11+3reb+2ast, F.Funes 5+2reb+2ast, A.Carabajal 5+1ast
gschID: 117585


Atenas - La Union 89-73

La Union (#4) was upset in Cordoba by seventh ranked Atenas 89-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of La Union. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Atenas's pressure prevailed and they won that period 27-16 extending their advantage to 16 points. The former international guard Bruno Labaque (183-77, agency: Interperformances) notched 16 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and guard Miguel Gerlero (192-88) supported him with 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Five Atenas players scored in double figures. Even 24 points by American guard David Jackson (196-82, college: Penn St.) did not help to save the game for La Union. Panamanian-Spanish power forward Ruben Garces (206-73, college: Providence, agency: Priority Sports) added 9 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Atenas (12-9) moved-up to sixth place. La Union at the other side dropped to the third position with nine games lost. They share it with Penarol and Gimnasia CR. Atenas will play against higher ranked Penarol (#3) in Mar del Plata in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. La Union will play at home against the league's leader Obras in Buenos Aires and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Atenas: M.Gerlero 18+2reb+2ast, B.Labaque 16+4reb+4ast, M.Garcia 15+5reb, J.Manuel Rivero 13+3reb+1ast, G.Lewis 12+2reb, M.Lescano 8+1reb+1ast
La Union: D.Jackson 24+3reb+1ast, A.Zago 13+4reb+1ast, G.Mikulas 11+5reb, R.Garces 9+9reb+2ast, P.Barrios 5+3reb+1ast, F.Ferrini 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 117586


Boca Jrs - Monte Hermoso 85-56

There was a minor upset in Buenos Aires where 11th ranked Monte Hermoso (9-13) was crushed by fourteenth ranked Boca Juniors (9-14) 85-56 on Friday. The game without a history. Boca Juniors led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Monte Hermoso's 32. American power forward Derrick Alston (208-72, college: Duquesne, agency: Priority Sports) had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Rodney Elliott (202-76, college: Maryland) chipped in 21 points during the contest. Boca Juniors' coach Oscar Sanchez felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side guard Hernando Salles (188-79) responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds and American power forward Byron Johnson (201-80, college: Belm.Abbey, agency: Dream Team Management) scored 10 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Boca Juniors moved-up to thirteenth place. Monte Hermoso lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Boca Juniors will face Olimpico de La Banda (#15) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: R.Elliott 21+1reb, L.O'Bannon 18+3reb, D.Alston 13+12reb, J.Brussino 12+1reb+2ast, F.Martina 8+5reb+1ast, M.Fierro 4+4reb+2ast
Monte Hermoso: H.Salles 17+6reb+3ast, G.Sciutto 11+4reb, C.Robinson 10+1reb+1ast, B.Johnson 10+8reb, A.White 6+8reb, C.Paredes 2
gschID: 117587


Argentino - Olimpico LB 87-88

Important game to mention about took place in Junin. Fifteenth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (7-14) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 13th ranked Argentino (8-14) 88-87 on Friday evening. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 18-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Olimpico de La Banda shot 60.8 percent from the field. Argentino was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Andre Laws (186-80, college: San Diego, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 18 points to lead the charge for the winners and forward Enzo Ruiz (193-88, agency: Dream Team Management) chipped in 19 points during the contest. At the losing side American guard Levi Stukes (188-84) responded with 25 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import power forward Joseph Bunn (198-75, college: Phillips (OK)) scored 25 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Olimpico de La Banda maintains fifteenth position with 7-14 record. Newly promoted Argentino dropped to the fourteenth place with 14 games lost. Olimpico de La Banda will face higher ranked Boca Juniors (#13) in Buenos Aires in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: D.Guaita 20+3ast, E.Ruiz 19+3reb+1ast, A.Laws 18+3reb+3ast, D.Kante 17+5reb, L.Picarelli 6+1reb+4ast, C.Romero 2
Argentino: L.Stukes 25+3reb+4ast, J.Bunn 25+5reb, S.Scala 11+3reb+5ast, P.Espinoza 11+2reb+2ast, J.Sartorelli 5+2reb+1ast, L.Martina 5+2reb
gschID: 117580


Obras - Libertad S. 64-60

LigaA top team - Obras (16-6) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked Libertad Sunchales (12-10) in Buenos Aires 64-60. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Obras dominated on the defensive end, holding Libertad Sunchales to just 6 points in second quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of international power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 20 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!). The former international guard Luis Cequeira (180-85) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Obras players scored in double figures. American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) replied with 8 points and 20 rebounds and the former international guard Sebastian Ginobili (190-72) added 20 points and 4 assists in the effort for Libertad Sunchales. Obras have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-6 record. Libertad Sunchales at the other side dropped to the seventh place with ten games lost. Obras' next round opponent will be La Union (#4) in Formosa. Libertad Sunchales will play at home against Estudiantes in Bahia Blanca and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Obras: J.Gutierrez 22+20reb+2ast, L.Cequeira 12+6reb+3ast, W.McFarlan 12+7reb+2ast, M.Osimani 12+3reb, C.Schattmann 4+1reb+1ast, A.Alloatti 2+2reb
Libertad S.: S.Ginobili 20+4reb+4ast, A.Galindo 16+7reb, R.Battle 8+20reb+1ast, J.Emiliano Fernandez 6+2reb, R.Wolkowyski 5+4reb+1ast, R.Selleaze 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 117581


Lanus - Penarol 76-70

The game between Top Four teams took place in Buenos Aires. Second ranked host Lanus (15-7) defeated one of their biggest challengers Penarol (13-9) 76-70. Penarol trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 14 after three quarters before a 21-13 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 70-76 at the end of the game. Lanus outrebounded Penarol 33-18 including a 27-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Penarol helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Panamanian power forward Jamaal Levy (206-83, college: Wake Forest, agency: Priority Sports) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized Italian swingman Adrian Boccia (196-82) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side guard Selem Safar (190-87) responded with 21 points and international forward Leonardo Gutierrez (200-78) scored 11 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lanus maintains second position with 15-7 record behind leader Obras. Defending champion Penarol keeps the third place with nine games lost. They share the position with Gimnasia CR and La Union. Lanus are looking forward to face Club 9 (#10) in Rio Tercero in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Penarol will play at home against Atenas (#6) in Cordoba and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Lanus: A.Boccia 15+5reb+1ast, J.Levy 15+7reb+1ast, T.Taylor 12+6reb+1ast, G.Fernandez 9+1reb, N.Laprovittola 8+2reb, M.Byro 6+2reb+2ast
Penarol: S.Safar 21+1reb, L.Gutierrez 11+1reb+2ast, F.Campazzo 10+1reb, K.Lamonte 8+3reb, M.Mata 6+3reb, P.Sebastian Rodriguez 4
gschID: 117583


Estudiantes - Club 9 94-85

Rather predictable result in Bahia Blanca where eighth ranked Estudiantes (11-10) defeated 10th ranked Club 9 (10-12) 94-85 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 47-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Estudiantes dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Club 9's 26 and made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. American forward Edward Nelson (203-82, college: Connecticut, agency: Dream Team Management) had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized Spanish guard Pepe Sanchez (193-77, college: Temple) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals during the contest. At the losing side American power forward Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds and forward Martin Melo (197-82) scored 19 points. Four Estudiantes and five Club 9 players scored in double figures. Estudiantes have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 11-10 record. Newly promoted Club 9 keeps the tenth place with 12 games lost. Estudiantes will face higher ranked Libertad Sunchales (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Club 9 will play against the league's second-placed Lanus having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes: E.Nelson 19+10reb, P.Sanchez 18+5reb+6ast, P.Gil 18+2reb+2ast, J.Espil 17+1reb+2ast, D.Davis 8+4reb+1ast, M.Gaynor 6
Club 9: J.Meyinsse 20+7reb+2ast, M.Melo 19+3reb+1ast, B.Zanotti 13, G.Luchino 10+3reb+5ast, J.Bucknor 10+8reb+2ast, E.Martina 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 117584




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


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 David JACKSON
  La Union
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Jackson, La Union20.3 
 2. Bunn, Argentino19.0 
 3. Johnson, Monte H.17.2 
 4. Lo Grippo, Quimsa17.1 
 5. Meyinsse, Club 916.8 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras16.7 
 7. Galindo, Libertad S.15.8 
 8. Taylor, Lanus14.8 
 9. Gutierrez, Penarol14.4 
 10. Salles, Monte H.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Gutierrez, Obras10.4 
 2. Kammerichs, Regat.9.9 
 3. Rollins, Gimnasia.9.0 
 4. Battle, Libertad S.9.0 
 5. Kante, Olimpico LB8.6 
 6. Williams, Atenas8.3 
 7. Johnson, Monte H.8.1 
 8. Alston, Boca Jrs7.5 
 9. Leiva, Penarol7.4 
 10. Mikulas, La Union7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.6.4 
 2. Martinez, Regat.5.8 
 3. Labaque, Atenas5.1 
 4. Salles, Monte H.4.7 
 5. Ginobili, Libertad S.4.5 
 6. Cequeira, Obras4.3 
 7. Franco, Sionista3.6 
 8. Sartorelli, Argentino3.3 
 9. Treise, Quimsa3.2 
 10. Laws, Olimpico LB3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Pepe SANCHEZ
  Estudiantes
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Sanchez, Estudian.3.4 
 2. Cequeira, Obras2.5 
 3. Sciutto, Monte H.2.5 
 4. Martinez, Regat.2.4 
 5. Salles, Monte H.2.4 
 6. Williams, Atenas2.3 
 7. Lamonte, Penarol2.3 
 8. Selleaze, Libertad S.2.3 
 9. Okosa, Gimnasia CR2.2 
 10. Moodie, Boca Jrs2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.9 
 2. Johnson, Monte H.1.4 
 3. Meyinsse, Club 91.3 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.1.2 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 6. Alston, Boca Jrs1.0 
 7. Williams, Atenas0.9 
 8. Aguerre, Estudian.0.8 
 9. Levy, Lanus0.8 
 10. Wolkowyski, Libertad.0.7 


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  AUSTRALIA   


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Kirk PENNEY
  Breakers
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Penney, Breakers20.7 
 2. Ervin, Hawks20.6 
 3. Redhage, Wildcats18.0 
 4. Clark, Blaze17.3 
 5. Williams, Tigers17.1 
 6. Khazzouh, Sydney K.17.0 
 7. Worthington, Blaze16.8 
 8. Ballinger, 36ers16.0 
 9. Wilkinson, Breakers15.4 
 10. Devendorf, Tigers14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.10.1 
 2. Davidson, Hawks8.0 
 3. Vukona, Breakers7.8 
 4. Brown, Wildcats7.6 
 5. Nevill, Tigers7.4 
 6. Holmes, 36ers7.0 
 7. Crosswhite, Taipa.7.0 
 8. Worthington, Blaze7.0 
 9. Williams, Tigers6.8 
 10. Burston, Tigers6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Tigers
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Williams, Tigers5.9 
 2. Gibson, Blaze5.5 
 3. Ervin, Hawks4.6 
 4. Carter, 36ers4.5 
 5. Braswell, Breakers4.4 
 6. Saville, Hawks4.3 
 7. Shannon, 36ers4.3 
 8. Ubaka, Taipans4.0 
 9. DeVries, 36ers3.4 
 10. Blalock, Crocodiles3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Damian MARTIN
  Wildcats
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Martin, Wildcats2.1 
 2. Saville, Hawks1.6 
 3. Crawford, Croco.1.5 
 4. Ellis, Crocodiles1.4 
 5. Shannon, 36ers1.3 
 6. Carter, 36ers1.3 
 7. Braswell, Breakers1.3 
 8. Tovey, Wildcats1.3 
 9. Ervin, Hawks1.3 
 10. Williams, Tigers1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam BALLINGER
  36ers
  (205-F-79)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Ballinger, 36ers2.1 
 2. Majok, Wildcats2.0 
 3. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.8 
 4. Clark, Blaze1.3 
 5. Nevill, Tigers1.1 
 6. Worthington, Blaze1.1 
 7. Schenscher, Croco.1.0 
 8. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.0 
 9. Freeman, Croco.0.9 
 10. Gilder, Sydney K.0.9 


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 19-5 
 2. Wildcats 14-10 
 3. Crocodiles 14-10 
 4. Taipans 12-11 
 5. Hawks 12-12 
 6. Blaze 11-12 
 7. Tigers 9-13 
 8. 36ers 8-15 
 9. Sydney K. 6-17 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Baltic League round 22 best performance: Jurijs Aleksejevs - by Eurobasket News
Center Jurijs Aleksejevs (203-C-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Liepajas Lauvas, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 16 rebounds, while his team beat Nevezis (#6, 12-9) 75-62. Liepaja maintains the 10th position in Baltic League . Liepaja is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-14 record. In the team's last game Aleksejevs had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Jurijs Aleksejevs averages this season 10.6ppg and 6.7rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Callistus Eziukwu (208-F/C-85) of TU/Rock. Eziukwu had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as TU/Rock lost that game 84-99 to slightly lower-ranked Siauliai (#5, 13-8). TU/Rock managed to keep the same 3rd spot in the standings. His team's 14-7 record is not bad at all. Eziukwu is a newcomer at TU/Rock, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Randall Hanke (211-F/C-84) of Norrkoping (#8). Hanke scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Norrkoping, leading his team to a 72-71 win against slightly lower-ranked Perlas (#9, 9-13). The chances of Norrkoping ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 12 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Hanke could help Norrkoping to bring them higher in the standings. Hanke has a very solid season. In 8 games in Baltic League he scored 15.5ppg. He also has 7.5rpg, 1.4bpg and FGP: 63.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tautvydas Slezas (207-C-90) of Perlas - 14 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85) of Nevezis - 19 points and 10 rebounds
6. Janis Kaufmanis (185-G-89) of Valmiera - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Tautvydas Slezas (207-C-90) of Perlas - 10 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Vytautas Sarakauskas (203-C-82) of Siauliai - 22 points and 3 rebounds
9. Saulius Kulvietis (203-F-91) of Perlas - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Giedrius Staniulis (205-C/F-91) of Perlas - 14 points, 3 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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  BELARUS   


Premier League Round 5:Minsk-2006 beat Grodno in the top game - by Eurobasket News
There was a change at the Premier League leadership position after last games. Round 5 most important game was a defeat of league's leader BGUIR-RCOR (6-25). They were defeated by fourth ranked Vitalyur-RGUOR (3-30) 74-58 on Friday night. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-58. Vitalyur-RGUOR maintains fourth place in League with 3-30 record. Newly promoted BGUIR-RCOR dropped to the third position with 25 games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Lokomotiv. BGUIR-RCOR will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Vitalyur-RGUOR will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked BGUIR-RCOR. It will be extra interesting game as BGUIR-RCOR is their local rival from Minsk.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Grodno-93 (22-11) at the home court. Hosts were rolled over by Minsk-2006 (33-0) 96-73. Defending champion keeps a position of League leader. Grodno-93 at the other side dropped to the second place with 11 games lost.


Very important is a road loss of third ranked OZAA Osipovichi (20-13) against fourth ranked Sozh Gomel (18-15) on Friday night. Visiting OZAA Osipovichi was defeated by Sozh Gomel in a tough game in Gomel 88-94. Sozh Gomel maintains fourth place in League with 18-15 record. Loser OZAA Osipovichi keeps the third position with 13 games lost. Sozh Gomel will again meet at home higher ranked OZAA Osipovichi (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Mogilev. Second ranked host Borifsen (12-21) defeated 3rd placed Lokomotiv (16-15) 84-70. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in League. Borifsen maintains second place in League with 12-21 record having two points less than leader Lokomotiv. Lokomotiv at the other side still keeps top position with 15 games lost.


Group A
Sozh Gomel - OZAA Osipov. 94-88

Very important is a road loss of third ranked OZAA Osipovichi (20-13) against fourth ranked Sozh Gomel (18-15) on Friday night. Visiting OZAA Osipovichi was defeated by Sozh Gomel in a tough game in Gomel 88-94. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But OZAA Osipovichi won third quarter 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sozh Gomel maintains fourth place in League with 18-15 record. Loser OZAA Osipovichi keeps the third position with 13 games lost. Sozh Gomel will again meet at home higher ranked OZAA Osipovichi (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 123310


Grodno-93 - Minsk-2006 73-96

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Grodno-93 (22-11) at the home court. Hosts were rolled over by Minsk-2006 (33-0) 96-73. Grodno-93 was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Defending champion keeps a position of League leader. Grodno-93 at the other side dropped to the second place with 11 games lost.
gschID: 123309


Group B
Vitalyur - BGUIR-RCOR 74-58

There was a change at the Premier League leadership position after last games. Round 5 most important game was a defeat of league's leader BGUIR-RCOR (6-25). They were defeated by fourth ranked Vitalyur-RGUOR (3-30) 74-58 on Friday night. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-58. Vitalyur-RGUOR maintains fourth place in League with 3-30 record. Newly promoted BGUIR-RCOR dropped to the third position with 25 games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Lokomotiv. BGUIR-RCOR will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings.
gschID: 123312


Borifsen - Lokomotiv 84-70

The game between Top Four teams took place in Mogilev. Second ranked host Borifsen (12-21) defeated 3rd placed Lokomotiv (16-15) 84-70. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in League. The game was mostly controlled by Borifsen. Lokomotiv was better in fourth quarter 22-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Borifsen maintains second place in League with 12-21 record having two points less than leader Lokomotiv. Lokomotiv at the other side still keeps top position with 15 games lost.
gschID: 123311




Standings - Premier League
Premier Standings
Group A
 1. Minsk-2006 33-0 
 2. Grodno-93 22-11 
 3. OZAA Osipov. 20-13 
 4. Sozh Gomel 18-15 
Group B
 1. Lokomotiv 16-15 
 2. Borifsen 12-21 
 3. BGUIR-RCOR 6-25 
 4. Vitalyur 3-30 


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  BELGIUM   


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Charleroi 16-1 
 2. Aalstar 15-5 
 3. M.Hainaut 12-6 
 4. Antwerp 10-9 
 5. Oostende 10-10 
 6. Leuven 7-11 
 7. Liege 6-12 
 8. Verviers-Pep. 6-13 
 9. Gent 2-17 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 16.9
 1. Copeland, Aalstar16.9 
 2. Mallet, Charleroi16.1 
 3. Lojeski, Oostende16.1 
 4. Jackson, Verviers.15.6 
 5. Waters, Verviers.15.2 
 6. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.0 
 7. Lewis, M.Hainaut14.9 
 8. Miller, Leuven14.9 
 9. Hilliard, Aalstar14.8 
 10. Black, Antwerp14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rashaun FREEMAN
  Verviers-Pep.
  (206-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Freeman, Verviers.8.1 
 2. Hilliard, Aalstar7.8 
 3. Randle, Gent7.6 
 4. Young, Aalstar7.5 
 5. Tofi, Leuven7.3 
 6. Stipanovic, Liege6.8 
 7. Jackson, Verviers.6.7 
 8. Copeland, Aalstar6.2 
 9. Riddick, Charleroi6.0 
 10. Thomas, Oostende6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Oostende
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Mitchell, Oostende4.6 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut4.2 
 3. Dagunduro, Leuven3.4 
 4. Waters, Verviers.3.2 
 5. Hopkins, Antwerp3.1 
 6. Lewis, M.Hainaut2.9 
 7. Mallet, Charleroi2.9 
 8. Miller, Leuven2.8 
 9. Moors, Antwerp2.6 
 10. Muya, Liege2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Michael JENKINS
  Liege
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jenkins, Liege2.8 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut2.6 
 3. Hopkins, Antwerp2.4 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi2.1 
 5. Mitchell, Oostende2.1 
 6. Wilson, Antwerp1.9 
 7. Dagunduro, Leuven1.9 
 8. Lojeski, Oostende1.7 
 9. Bosco, Gent1.6 
 10. McCauley, M.Hai.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre RIDDICK
  Charleroi
  (205-C-73)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Riddick, Charleroi1.8 
 2. Mejri, Antwerp1.8 
 3. Johnson, Aalstar1.3 
 4. Tofi, Leuven0.8 
 5. Randle, Gent0.8 
 6. Young, Aalstar0.7 
 7. Stipanovic, Liege0.4 
 8. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.4 
 9. Freeman, Verviers.0.4 
 10. Copeland, Aalstar0.4 


D1 Round 22 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
D1 round 22 most important game was a victory of Leuven Bears over 6th ranked Belgacom Liege 67-52 on Friday night. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 16-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 67-52. Leuven Bears dominated on the defensive end, holding Belgacom Liege to just 7 points in second quarter. Leuven Bears forced 19 Belgacom Liege turnovers and outrebounded them 33-21 including a 24-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian guard Adeola Dagunduro (196-G-86, college: Nebraska) (196-86, college: Nebraska) who helped to win the game recording 9 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP) contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized DR Congolese swingman Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB, agency: SportsTalent) replied with 15 points for Belgacom Liege. Belgacom Liege's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Leuven Bears (7-11) moved-up to sixth place. Belgacom Liege at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 12 games lost. Leuven Bears will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Belgacom Liege will play on the road against Optima Gent (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Dexia Mons-Hainaut (12-6) which hosted in Quaregnon 4th ranked Base Oostende (10-10). Third ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut managed to get a 8-point victory 81-73. American guard Marcus Hatten (186-80, college: St.John's) scored 23 points and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Ron Lewis chipped in 17 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side American guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Base Oostende's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Dexia Mons-Hainaut maintains third position with 12-6 record having three points less than leader Charleroi. Base Oostende at the other side dropped to the fifth place with ten games lost. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Base Oostende will play against Antwerp Giants and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 22 bottom-ranked Gent was beaten by Aalstar on the road 91-76. Antwerp won against Verviers-Pep. on its own court 88-78.
The most impressive performance of 22th round was 31 points and 5 rebounds by Christopher Young of Aalstar.


Liege - Leuven 52-67

D1 round 22 most important game was a victory of Leuven Bears over 6th ranked Belgacom Liege 67-52 on Friday night. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 16-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 67-52. Leuven Bears dominated on the defensive end, holding Belgacom Liege to just 7 points in second quarter. Leuven Bears forced 19 Belgacom Liege turnovers and outrebounded them 33-21 including a 24-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian guard Adeola Dagunduro (196-86, college: Nebraska) who helped to win the game recording 9 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP) contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized DR Congolese swingman Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB, agency: SportsTalent) replied with 15 points and international forward Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-91) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Belgacom Liege. Belgacom Liege's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Leuven Bears (7-11) moved-up to sixth place. Belgacom Liege at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 12 games lost. Leuven Bears will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Belgacom Liege will play on the road against Optima Gent (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Liege: W.Boss Mukubu 15+4reb+1ast, P.Gillet 12+6reb, C.Bozeman 8+1reb, G.Muya 5+1reb+5ast, A.Stipanovic 5+8reb+3ast, X.Collette 4
Leuven: J.J.J. Miller 14+2reb, D.Lowhorn 11+3reb, J.Tofi 11+8reb, B.Freeman 10+2reb+1ast, A.Dagunduro 9+11reb+5ast, K.Melson 6+1reb
gschID: 98646


Aalstar - Gent 91-76

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Okapi Aalstar (15-5) beat at home bottom-ranked Optima Gent (2-17) 91-76 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Okapi Aalstar. Optima Gent managed to win third quarter 26-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Okapi Aalstar won last quarter 26-13. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Optima Gent's 40. American-Lithuanian power forward Christopher Young (206-79, college: Michigan, agency: Court Side) notched 31 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and American swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) supported him with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Even 14 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) by French forward Luc Louves (207-89, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Optima Gent. American swingman Adam Hall (196-80, college: Virginia) added 13 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Okapi Aalstar maintains second position with 15-5 record behind leader Charleroi. Optima Gent lost thirteenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 17 games lost. Okapi Aalstar will meet league's leader Spirou Charleroi on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Optima Gent will play against Belgacom Liege (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gent: L.Louves 14+9reb, A.Hall 13+5reb+1ast, M.Randle 11+5reb+1ast, L.Bosco 9+4reb+2ast, S.Geukens 9+2reb+2ast, M.De Zeeuw 6+1reb+2ast
Aalstar: C.Young 31+5reb, A.Hilliard 16+12reb+3ast, C.Copeland 11+4reb+4ast, T.Johnson 9+4reb+4ast, S.Burrell 9+1reb+6ast, A.Ruoff 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 98647


M.Hainaut - Oostende 81-73

An interesting game for Dexia Mons-Hainaut (12-6) which hosted in Quaregnon 4th ranked Base Oostende (10-10). Third ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut managed to get a 8-point victory 81-73. The hosts were already 18 points ahead at halftime and as many as 22 after three quarters before a 25-11 last quarter charge of Base Oostende cut the lead to 81-73 at the end of the game. American guard Marcus Hatten (186-80, college: St.John's) scored 23 points and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Ron Lewis (193-84, college: Ohio St.) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side American guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds and Cameroonian power forward Stephane Pelle (205-80, college: Colorado) scored 12 points. Base Oostende's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Dexia Mons-Hainaut maintains third position with 12-6 record having three points less than leader Charleroi. Base Oostende at the other side dropped to the fifth place with ten games lost. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Base Oostende will play against Antwerp Giants and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oostende: M.Lojeski 14+6reb+2ast, S.Pelle 12+4reb+3ast, C.Green 11+2reb+2ast, D.Mitchell 9+1ast, B.Ebong 7+6reb, W.Thomas 6+4reb
M.Hainaut: M.Hatten 23+4reb+7ast, R.Lewis 17+3reb+4ast, J.Cage 17+1reb, S.Foster 9+5reb+1ast, R.Taylor 6+6reb+7ast, A.Nivins 6+2reb
gschID: 98648


Antwerp - Verviers-Pep. 88-78

Rather expected game when 7th ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (6-13) lost on the road to fifth ranked Antwerp Giants (10-9) 88-78 on Saturday. Antwerp Giants shot 64.7 percent from the field. American forward Darnell Wilson (198-85, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) notched 32 points and 4 steals (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and the former international guard Roel Moors (190-78, agency: Agency No 10) supported him with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Even 21 points and 7 rebounds by American guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) did not help to save the game for VOO Verviers-Pepinster. His fellow American import forward Brandon Gay (203-82, college: San Diego, agency: Edge Sports) added 17 points for lost side. Four Antwerp Giants and five VOO Verviers-Pepinster players scored in double figures. Antwerp Giants moved-up to fourth place. Loser VOO Verviers-Pepinster dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. Antwerp Giants will meet Base Oostende (#5) on the road in the next round. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against Dexia Mons-Hainaut in Quaregnon and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Verviers-Pep.: S.Jackson 21+7reb+2ast, B.Gay 17+4reb+1ast, R.Freeman 13+6reb, D.Jones 10, D.Waters 10+2reb+1ast, T.Shengelia 4
Antwerp: D.Wilson 32+2reb+2ast, T.Black 17+3ast, R.Biggs 14+3reb+1ast, R.Moors 11+8reb+6ast, S.Mejri 7+4reb+2ast, G.Brown 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 98649


Round 2
Verviers-Pep. - Charleroi 66-92

D1 top team - Spirou Charleroi (16-1) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed seventh ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (6-13) 92-66. Spirou Charleroi forced 21 VOO Verviers-Pepinster turnovers. American guard Demond Mallet (185-78, college: McNeese St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) notched 23 points (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and international forward Christophe Beghin (207-80, agency: Court Side) supported him with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Four Spirou Charleroi players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds by American power forward Rashaun Freeman (206-84, college: Massachusetts) did not help to save the game for VOO Verviers-Pepinster. His fellow American import guard Dominic Waters (185-86, college: Portland St.) added 19 points for lost side. VOO Verviers-Pepinster's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Spirou Charleroi have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 16-1 record. Loser VOO Verviers-Pepinster dropped to the eighth place with 13 games lost. Spirou Charleroi will meet at home league's second-placed Okapi Aalstar in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against Dexia Mons-Hainaut (#3) in Quaregnon and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Verviers-Pep.: D.Waters 19+2reb+3ast, R.Freeman 13+13reb+2ast, S.Jackson 11+10reb+2ast, D.Jones 9+2reb+2ast, B.Gay 6+4reb, T.Shengelia 4+3reb+1ast
Charleroi: D.Mallet 23+3reb+1ast, D.Broyles 16+3reb+2ast, C.Beghin 15+5reb+3ast, B.Greene 12+5reb+4ast, J.Gomis 12+1reb+1ast, J.Hamilton 8+8reb+2ast
gschID: 123277




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NBL Round 20 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The most shocking disappointment of round 20 was a home defeat of 7th ranked Chernomorets (4-17) by eighth ranked Spartak (5-16) who outscored them by 16 points 92-76 in the game for the seventh place. The game without a history. Spartak led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international swingman Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-74) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 8 rebounds and forward Todor Todorov (198-82) who added 14 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Forward Ivo Slavchev (198-90) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Spartak moved-up to seventh place. Chernomorets at the other side dropped to the bottom position with 17 games lost. Spartak are looking forward to face league's second-placed Levski in Sofia in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Chernomorets will play on the road against Tundja (#5) in Yambol and is hoping to win this game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Sofia. Second ranked host Levski (17-4) defeated 4th ranked Rilski Sportist (10-11) 78-63. The winners were led by the former international center Priest Lauderdale (221-73, college: Central State) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and Jason Crowe supported him with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Levski's coach Konstantin Papazov allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 12 points and 14 rebounds by Serbian forward Vladimir Mijovic (207-84, agency: Alti Sport) did not help to save the game for Rilski Sportist. Levski maintains second position with 17-4 record having four points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Rilski Sportist at the other side keeps the fourth place with 11 games lost. Levski will play against Spartak (#7) in Pleven in the next round where they are favorite. Rilski Sportist will play at home against the league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Sofia. Top-ranked host Lukoil Academik (21-0) smashed 3rd ranked Balkan (11-10) 110-46. The best player for the winners was Lamont Mack who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Tsvetelin Ivanov produced 17 points and 5 rebounds 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. Undefeated Lukoil Academik have an impressive 21-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 21-0 record. Balkan lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with ten games lost. Lukoil Academik will meet Rilski Sportist (#4) in the next round. Balkan will play against Euroins Cherno More in Varna and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 20 Tundja won against Cherno More on the opponent's court 90-81.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 25 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists by Stanislav Govedarov of Tundja.



Levski - Rilski Sportist 78-63

The game between Top Four teams took place in Sofia. Second ranked host Levski (17-4) defeated 4th ranked Rilski Sportist (10-11) 78-63. Rilski Sportist was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 45-27 second half run of Levski. They outrebounded Rilski Sportist 45-34 including 31 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. The winners were led by the former international center Priest Lauderdale (221-73, college: Central State) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and American guard Jason Crowe (193-76, college: Cal.St. Northridge) supported him with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Levski's coach Konstantin Papazov allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 12 points and 14 rebounds by Serbian forward Vladimir Mijovic (207-84, agency: Alti Sport) did not help to save the game for Rilski Sportist. International swingman Ivan Lilov (196-88, agency: 011 Sports) added 17 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the guests. Levski maintains second position with 17-4 record having four points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Rilski Sportist at the other side keeps the fourth place with 11 games lost. Levski will play against Spartak (#7) in Pleven in the next round where they are favorite. Rilski Sportist will play at home against the league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Levski: P.Lauderdale 19+11reb+3ast, J.Crowe 14+7reb+9ast, D.Cole 9+3reb+3ast, P.Ivanov 9+2reb+1ast, A.Harper 9+4reb+4ast, G.Cekovski 8+8reb+2ast
Rilski Sportist: I.Lilov 17+3reb, V.Mijovic 12+14reb+1ast, M.Marinov 9+3reb+4ast, A.Gruev 7+3reb+7ast, D.Marojevic 7+5reb, L.Kirov 6
gschID: 98323


Cherno More - Tundja 81-90

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Varna where 5th ranked Euroins Cherno More (8-13) was defeated by sixth ranked Tundja (8-13) 90-81 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-81. Tundja dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Euroins Cherno More's 40. Tundja forced 19 Euroins Cherno More turnovers. The best player for the winners was guard Stanislav Govedarov (185-80) who scored 25 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). The former international center Nikolay Varbanov (209-85, agency: Interperformances) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). International forward Aleksandar Yanev (203-90, agency: Interperformances) produced 20 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Nikolay Kolev (204-88) added 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively for the hosts. Four Euroins Cherno More players scored in double figures. Euroins Cherno More's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tundja moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Cherno More. Tundja will meet at home bottom-ranked Chernomorets (#8) in the next round. Euroins Cherno More will play against Balkan in Botevgrad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tundja: S.Govedarov 25+5reb+6ast, M.Durchev 23+2reb+4ast, N.Varbanov 21+11reb, D.Sattler 8+1ast, J.Radionov 5+2reb+1ast, P.Marinov 4+6reb+3ast
Cherno More: A.Yanev 20+8reb, N.Kolev 18+9reb, P.Aleksiev 13+7ast, V.Kyosev 12+6reb+2ast, T.Zhelev 9+2reb+3ast, I.Kasabov 7+1reb
gschID: 98324


Lukoil Academik - Balkan 110-46

The game between Top Four teams took place in Sofia. Top-ranked host Lukoil Academik (21-0) smashed 3rd ranked Balkan (11-10) 110-46. The game without a history. Lukoil Academik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Balkan to just 7 points in second and third quarters. Lukoil Academik dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Balkan's 30 and made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Lukoil Academik forced 23 Balkan turnovers and outrebounded them 50-25 including a 38-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Lukoil Academik looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Lamont Mack (201-87, college: Charlotte) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. The former international center Tencho Banev (209-80, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 9 points and 16 rebounds. Four Lukoil Academik players scored in double figures. Guard Tsvetelin Ivanov (196-89) produced 17 points and 5 rebounds and international center Krum Doychinov (206-86, agency: Interperformances) added 9 points and 7 rebounds 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. Lukoil Academik have an impressive 21-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 21-0 record. Balkan lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with ten games lost. Lukoil Academik will meet Rilski Sportist (#4) in the next round. Balkan will play against Euroins Cherno More in Varna and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Academik: D.James 16+1reb+5ast, B.Heath 13+3reb+6ast, L.Mack 13+12reb+2ast, D.Stojanovski 12+3reb, V.Veselinov 12+3reb, D.Green 12+3reb+2ast
Balkan: T.Ivanov 17+5reb+1ast, G.Davidov 10+5reb+1ast, K.Doychinov 9+7reb, L.Lilov 6+4reb, D.Filipov 2+1reb+4ast, V.Stoev 2
gschID: 98325


Chernomorets - Spartak 76-92

The most shocking disappointment of round 20 was a home defeat of 7th ranked Chernomorets (4-17) by eighth ranked Spartak (5-16) who outscored them by 16 points 92-76 in the game for the seventh place. The game without a history. Spartak led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international swingman Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-74) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 8 rebounds and forward Todor Todorov (198-82) who added 14 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Four Spartak players scored in double figures. Forward Ivo Slavchev (198-90) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Hristo Zahariev (197-90) scored 12 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Spartak moved-up to seventh place. Chernomorets at the other side dropped to the bottom position with 17 games lost. Spartak are looking forward to face league's second-placed Levski in Sofia in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Chernomorets will play on the road against Tundja (#5) in Yambol and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Spartak: H.Dimitrov 25+8reb+2ast, T.Ostrev 17+3reb+4ast, I.Stankov 15+8reb+1ast, T.Todorov 14+12reb+3ast, S.Tsenov 9+3reb, V.Georgiev 8+2ast
Chernomorets: I.Slavchev 18+8reb+1ast, H.Zahariev 12+4reb+3ast, A.Penev 12+2reb+2ast, V.Marinov 9+3reb+5ast, A.Saraliyski 8+6reb+2ast, K.Koev 6+2reb
gschID: 98326




Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 21-0 
 2. Levski 17-4 
 3. Balkan 11-10 
 4. Rilski Sportist 10-11 
 5. Tundja 8-13 
 6. Cherno More 8-13 
 7. Spartak 5-16 
 8. Chernomorets 4-17 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ivan LILOV
  Rilski Sportist
  (196-F/G-88)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Lilov, Rilski S.23.7 
 2. Lauderdale, Cherno.23.2 
 3. Harper, Levski22.3 
 4. Dimitrov, Spartak19.1 
 5. Lauderdale, Levski18.8 
 6. Bozov, Balkan17.5 
 7. Naydenov, Chernomo.16.8 
 8. Govedarov, Tundja15.8 
 9. Davidov, Balkan15.3 
 10. Yanev, Cherno More14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Levski
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.13.1 
 2. Varbanov, Tundja11.5 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More8.7 
 4. Radojevic, Rilski S.7.6 
 5. Todorov, Spartak7.5 
 6. Lauderdale, Levski7.3 
 7. Georgiev, Levski7.3 
 8. Kolev, Cherno More7.1 
 9. Dimitrov, Spartak7.0 
 10. Peterson, Lukoil A.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Levski
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 6
 1. Crowe, Levski6.0 
 2. Govedarov, Tundja4.3 
 3. Bozov, Balkan4.3 
 4. Alexiev, Cherno M.4.3 
 5. Dyakovski, Spartak4.1 
 6. James, Lukoil A.4.1 
 7. Zahariev, Chernomo.3.9 
 8. Heath, Lukoil A.3.9 
 9. Gruev, Rilski S.3.8 
 10. Gonner, Balkan3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Levski
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Crowe, Levski2.3 
 2. Bozov, Balkan2.1 
 3. Dimitrov, Spartak1.9 
 4. Heath, Lukoil A.1.9 
 5. James, Lukoil A.1.7 
 6. Finzgar, Tundja1.7 
 7. Zahariev, Chernomo.1.7 
 8. Bowman, Lukoil A.1.6 
 9. Lilov, Rilski S.1.6 
 10. Marinov, Balkan1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Levski
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.2.4 
 2. Doychinov, Balkan1.4 
 3. Lauderdale, Levski1.3 
 4. Varbanov, Tundja1.1 
 5. Mijovic, Rilski S.0.9 
 6. Radojevic, Rilski S.0.9 
 7. Vaklinov, Rilski S.0.8 
 8. Petkov, Tundja0.7 
 9. Cole, Levski0.7 
 10. Banev, Lukoil A.0.7 


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2010-11 Canada West major awards and all-stars announced - by Eurobasket News
CANADA WEST Following are the 2010-11 mens basketball individual award winners and All-Stars, as selected by Canada West head coaches.

Most Valuable Player, point guard Jamelle Barrett (180-G) of the Saskatchewan Huskies, became the first player to lead the conference in points per game (25), assists per game (6.8) and steals (2.5). He finished second in CIS points per game and led the nation in total assists (162), average assists (6.8) and total steals (60).

Over the season, the third-year Arts & Science student from Rancho Cordova, California tied the Canada West single-season record for total assists, with 162, scored a season-high 42 points in one game against a nationally ranked team back in January, and helped the Huskies to a 20-4 conference record.

Jamelle has had an outstanding season for us, said Huskies interim head coach Barry Rawlyk. Probably the best compliment I can give him is that he makes everyone around him better. The attention he draws from opposing teams really opens things up for us. His love of the game and competitiveness are intangibles that cant be measured in terms of his value to the team.

Freshman forward Matt Letkeman (201-F-92) of the Calgary Dinos is the Rookie of the Year.

A first-year Kinesiology student out of Yale High School in Abbotsford, B.C., the 6-7 forward played big minutes for the Dinos in his rookie campaign. He started 19 of 24 conference games, averaging better than 19 minutes and scoring an average of 8.5 points per game. His field goal percentage was a solid .503, 15th-best in the conference. He also finished top-15 in blocked shots with 15.

He posted a season-high 24 points on Feb. 5 and he recorded a pair of double-doubles on the season.

Matt was a big bright spot for us this year, said Calgary head coach Dan Vanhooren. Not only is he a great player, but hes a great student and a great teammate, hes fun to coach, and hes going to be a big part of our team for years to come. On the court he brought physical size and presence, and he had some big nights that really helped us win some basketball games with our lineup as bruised and battered as it was. Were looking forward to building on that in the coming years.

Now two-time Canada West Defensive Player of the Year, 7-2 fifth-year Thompson Rivers WolfPack post Greg Stewart (218-C) led all of CIS in rebounding (13.3 per game) and blocked shots (2.3 per game).

The Kamloops, B.C. product led the nation in both offensive (98) and defensive rebounds (222), and ranked sixth in CIS field goal percentage (.587). He also ranks among the best-ever in Canada West rebounding and shot-blocking.

Stewart, a Human Resource Management student at TRU, was a member of Canadas National Sitting mens volleyball team that went to the 2010 World Championships, and has been involved in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program in Kamloops, B.C. for the last two years.

WolfPack head coach Scott Clark stated, I am happy for Greg and his second straight Canada West Defensive Player of the Year award. Every team we played against took into account his defensive abilities. This honour is a great way for him to end his CIS career.

Stewart, who plays missing his arm below the left elbow, would like to play basketball professionally in Europe.

Trinity Western forward Tyrell Mara (198-F-87, college: Portland St.) has been named the Canada West nominee for the Ken Shields Award as top student-athlete. The fifth-year Masters of Business student has been a top defensive player and rebounder in Canada West this past season and an inspirational leader both on and off the court for the Spartans. Mara finished the regular season averaging 11 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

Off the court, Mara led the team in a program for underprivileged children in inner-city Langley this season, which usually took one to two hours before Saturday home games and on Sundays Tyrell cooks meals for the homeless at a local Church and volunteers on a regular basis to cook and interact with the homeless. In addition to all this Tyrell is also finishing is MBA this year at TWU.

Through his abilities he has made our team tougher and elevated all players competitive fire at every practice and in every game, commented TWU head coach Scott Allen. But above that Tyrell also gives back to the community and has a passion for helping others reach their potential. Tyrell is always giving, and his perseverance in basketball and in life makes all those around him better and holds the team accountable to our goals.

In addition the native of White Rock, B.C. volunteer coaches at a local high school. He also trains individual athletes and coordinates a weekly program for Cairn youth in downtown Langley, where each week Tyrell leads a basketball course for grades 4-6 children from this large and underprivileged immigrant population.

For the second consecutive season, and the fifth time in his 11 seasons at UBC, Kevin Hanson has been tabbed by his peers as the conferences Coach of the Year.

UBC topped the conference standings with a 22-2 record and each of their losses, to Saskatchewan and Alberta, were by came by one and two points, respectively. The Thunderbirds were ranked No. 2 in CIS for 12 of the 14 Top 10 polls and closed the Canada West regular season with an 18-game winning streak, now at 20 as they host the Canada West Final Four this weekend.

Under Hansons direction, the T-Birds topped the conference with a +22.8 scoring margin, thanks to their second-ranked offence (94.8 ppg) and second-ranked defence (72 ppg allowed). Hanson achieved this standout season while managing the deepest bench in the conference. The UBC roster features 10 players that each average over 11 minutes per game, with no player seeing more than 30 minutes per contest.

Being selected Coach of the Year is a great honour for Kevin. Canada West is a very competitive conference and being 22-2, winning 18 straight games, is an outstanding accomplishment, said UBC athletic director Bob Philip. It is really nice to see Kevin recognized for what he has done this year.

Among the 2010-11 All-Star selections are Barrett, 2010 CIS Player of the Year, Josh Whyte (191-G-87) (UBC), 2010 Canada West Rookie of the Year, Jordan Baker (193-G-91, college: Utah Valley St.) (Alberta), along with Jacob Doerksen (200-F-87, agency: SportsList Inc.), who was 2009 CIS Player of the Year and 2006 CIS Rookie of the Year. Tyler Fidler of Calgary, 2008 Canada West Rookie of the Year, also makes the All-Conference squad.

Of note is that Doerksen has become a five-time Canada West All-Star (UVic 2006 & 2007, TWU 2009, 2010, 2011). While there is no official record of the last Canada West player to accomplish the feat, Karl Tilleman of the Calgary Dinos was also a five-time CW mens basketball All-Star (1980-84).

Following is a breakdown of individual award winners and All-Stars:

AWARDS

MVP: Jamelle Barrett, Saskatchewan

Rookie of the Year: Matt Letkeman, Calgary

Defensive Player of the Year: Greg Stewart, Thompson Rivers

Ken Shields Award nominee: Tyrell Mara, Trinity Western

Coach of the Year: Kevin Hanson , UBC

ALL-STARS

First Team Second Team
Jamelle Barrett, Saskatchewan Ryan MacKinnon, Victoria
Jacob Doerksen, Trinity Western Rejean Chabot, Saskatchewan
Josh Whyte, UBC Tyler Fidler, Calgary
Jordan Baker, Alberta Alex Murphy, UBC
Daniel Ferguson (191-F, college: Valdosta St.), Alberta Joel Friesen, Fraser Valley

Individual award winners are now considered for national honours, to be handed out by Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) at 2011 Nationals, hosted by the AUS March 11-13 in Halifax.

The Canada West Final Four goes Friday and Saturday night at UBCs War Memorial Gym in Vancouver. The host T-Birds play the Alberta Golden Bears in the semifinals, followed by a Saskatchewan Huskies-Trinity Western Spartans contest. The two semifinal winners play for gold on Saturday and qualify for Nationals, while one CIS at-large berth will also be announced at a later date.

About Canada West Universities Athletic Association
Canada West is consistently the most decorated of the four conferences in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), winning at least 10 CIS national titles every year since 1997-98. Comprised of 14 schools, from the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, Canada West produces numerous major award winners and Academic All-Canadian student-athletes each year, with many going on to athletic success around the globe in pro leagues or events such as the Olympics, Paralympics or Universiade Games. cwuaa on Twitter.

A proud member of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS).
Courtesy of: http://english.cis-sic.ca




CIS men's basketball Friday roundup: Laroche leads Concordia to RSEQ title - by Eurobasket News
UNB 61 Acadia 81 Final Boxscore
AUS quarterfinal 1

Ottawa 69 Lakehead 71 Final Boxscore
OUA semifinal 2
HAMILTON, Ont. (OUA) - A field goal by Ontario University Athletics (OUA) second-team all-star Venzal Russell with 0.9 second remaining in regulation gave the Lakehead Thunderwolves their first trip to a Wilson Cup championship game in team history, defeating the Ottawa Gee-Gees 71-69 Friday night in semifinal action at of the OUA men's basketball Final Four, hosted by McMaster University.
Lakehead had held a comfortable 42-29 lead at halftime, but saw their advantage evaporate in the fourth quarter as the Gee-Gees tied the game, then claimed a two-point lead in the final two minutes of play. A pair of three throws by OUA first-team all-star Jamie Searle (186-G-87) with 12 seconds remaining, followed by Russell's basket, secured the Lakehead victory.

The Thunderwolves finished the 2010-11 OUA regular season atop the conference's west division with a 17-5 record, and currently stand sixth in the CIS Top Ten weekly ranking.

Russell, from Detroit, Michigan, led Lakehead with 17 points, connecting on eight of 20 field goal attempts. Third-year forward Yoosrie Salhia, of Toronto, banked 13 points and grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds. Third-year guard Ben Johnson, of Pictou, N.S., was also in double digits with 12 points, connecting on four of eight three-point shots. The Lakehead defence dominated on rebounds, grabbing 21 defensive boards against just two offensive rebounds for the Gee-Gees.

For the Gee-Gees, fifth-year centre and Ottawa native Louis Gauthier led the scoring with 18 points, followed by a 14 point performance by Nemanja Baletic. Christopher Anderson and Warren Ward (196-G) each tallied 10 points apiece. Ottawa struggled somewhat on free throws, missing five of 12 attempts.

The Wilson Cup, first presented in 1908-09 and in its 94th season of competition, is emblematic of the Ontario university men's basketball championship.

Lakehead jumped out to an early 22-12 lead by the end of the first quarter, helped along by six three-pointers, including three from Johnson. The Thunderwolves' early success from outside of the arc was contrasted by Ottawa's struggle from the free throw line, sinking just one of six attempts.

The Thunderwolves continued to add to its lead in the second frame, outscoring the Gee-Gees 20-17 to take a 42-29 lead into halftime.

Ottawa chipped away at the Lakehead lead in the third quarter, narrowing the deficit to single digits in the final minutes of the period. Lakehead's third-year guard Greg Carter closed out the third frame with a buzzer-beating field goal, giving the Thunderwolves a 63-53 advantage entering the final frame.

The Gee-Gees pressure rapidly intensified in the final quarter, tying the score at 67 apiece from a three-pointer by Baletic with 1:39 remaining. Gauthier gave the Gee-Gees a 69-67 lead with 35.6 seconds left in regulation, shooting a two-pointer from a multi-player scramble, before Searle's free throws and Russell's game-winner.


Laval 67 Concordia 77 Final Boxscore
Finale RSEQ
MONTREAL - Evens Laroche (193-F) collected 19 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Concordia Stingers to a 77-67 victory over the Laval Rouge et Or in the Quebec championship game before a capacity crowd at Concordia gym on Friday night.
The third-year forward from Montreal scored 11 of his points in the last 30 minutes to help erase a 42-31 Laval halftime lead. The Rouge et Or had stretched their lead to 14 points at 7:19 of the second quarter.

The Stingers mounted an amazing comeback, outscoring Laval 46-25 in the last 30 minutes. Concordia also put on a strong defensive display led by all-star guard Decee Krah who was tasked with shutting down Laval's Xavier Baribeau, a top offensive threat who was held to four points on the night.

Krah also picked up 18 points, while guard Kyle Desmarais (188-G, college: Cent.Conn.St.) had 14 points. The top scorer on the Rouge et Or was J.F. Beaulieu-Maheux.

Both Concordia and Laval finished with 12-4 win-loss records. They split their four-game series in the regular season.

The championship is the fourth in seven years for the Stingers. The previous titles coming in 2005, 2007 and 2009. Three of four provincial crowns came in games versus the Rouge et Or 2005, 2007 and 2011.

Concordia with represent the RSEQ conference at the CIS national championships in Halifax March 11 to 13. Seeding for the nationals will be announced late Sunday.

Source: Concordia Sports Info


Saint Mary's 93 StFX 111 Final Boxscore
AUS quarterfinal 2

Laurier 76 Carleton 83 Final Boxscore
OUA semifinal 1
HAMILTON, Ont. (OUA) - The reigning three-time OUA-champion Carleton Ravens earned a berth in their fifth consecutive Wilson Cup final with a come-from-behind 83-76 victory over the Laurier Golden Hawks Friday night in semifinal action at of the OUA men's basketball Final Four, hosted by McMaster University.
Wilson Cup Final Four web site: www.oua.ca/wilsoncup .

The Ravens, ranked first in the CIS Top Ten poll and undefeated in conference and playoff competition this season, were out-scored by Laurier in the first three of four quarters before finally taking the upper hand in the final period.

Carleton's Philip Scrubb, winner of this year's OUA East Rookie of the Year award, earned Porter Player of the Game honours, amassing 23 points, including eight field goals and a perfect seven-of-seven on free throw shooting. OUA East Player of the Year Tyson Hinz tallied another 18 points for the Ravens, and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds. Also in double-digit scoring for Carleton were Willy Manigat (180-G) and OUA East first-team all-star Cole Hobin, with 16 and 15 points respectively.

For Laurier, OUA West first-team all-star Kale Harrison had a team-leading 26 points, including 10 field goals. Jamar Forde and Matthew Buckley added 11 points apiece, with Buckley claiming 10 rebounds.

The Wilson Cup, first presented in 1908-09, is emblematic of the Ontario university men's basketball championship, and is in its 94th season of competition.

Carleton, the winner of the past three Wilson Cup titles, has a 6-3 all-time record in the conference final, including winning six of the past eight titles and appearing in eight of the past 10 OUA championship games.

The win gives Carleton a berth in the CIS men's basketball Final 8, hosted at the Halifax Metro Centre on March 11-13, alongside the Lakehead Thunderwolves, who downed the Ottawa Gee-Gees in the first semifinal earlier in the evening.

Carleton and Laurier matched each other almost score-for score in the opening frame. Harrison amassed 11 points in the opening 10 minutes of play, helping the Hawks to a slim 26-25 advantage at the first intermission.

The high-offence stalemate continued through the second quarter, Laurier nursing a three-point lead to enter halftime ahead 47-44.

Laurier briefly opened up some breathing room early in the third quarter, starting the frame with six unanswered points. The Golden Hawks gradually built up a 12-point, 60-48 lead, though a Carleton rally diminished this advantage to 65-60

After being outscored in each of the preceding quarters, Carleton's offence finally took the upper hand in the final frame, outscoring the Hawks 23-11 to earn an 83-76 victory.

Carleton will face the Lakehead Thunderwolves for the Wilson Cup championship Saturday, March 5 at 8.00 pm at McMaster's Burridge Gymnasium. The game will be telecast live by The Score network. The game will be webcast live at www.thescore.com.


Alberta 73 UBC 91 Final Boxscore
Canada West semifinal 1
VANCOUVER - The UBC Thunderbirds will be back for another shot at CIS gold this season after their 91-73 win over the Alberta Golden Bears on Friday night earned them a trip to nationals and a spot in Saturday's Canada West title game.
The Bears battled UBC closely throughout the first half, trailing just 39-38 at the break with neither team able to hit its stride offensively. Ironically, it was a defensive play that seemed to spark the UBC offence.

Early in the third quarter Kamar Burke took a charge against Daniel Ferguson, who had been providing the bulk of the Alberta offence. In addition to putting Ferguson in foul trouble, it ignited UBC's three-point shooters, who went 5-for-8 in the quarter to lead the team on a 16-5 run.

'In a game of basketball when there's a bunch of runs and peaks and valleys, a play like that can change the game. I thought that really sparked us,' said UBC head coach Kevin Hanson.

By the end of that run, UBC led 65-49, and the Bears never came closer than nine points behind the lead the rest of the way.

After a slow first half, UBC sharpshooter Melvyn Mayott (193-G) provided two of those three-pointers in the third quarter, and was a big factor in getting the dangerous T-Bird offence rolling.

'In the first half we were 1-for-11 from three and every shot was short. Melvyn had four good looks and missed them,' said Hanson. 'We just talked about breathing. We were a little over roused to start the game and once we settled down at halftime the guys relaxed a little more. Melvyn subbed into the game and bang - hit his first shot in the first five seconds. I thought that was a play that really turned us and gave the guys confidence.'

Mayott finished with 13 points, making him one of five T-Birds to hit double digits. Josh Whyte led the way with 21, adding 11 rebounds and four assists. Burke had a game-high 13 rebounds.

Ferguson finished with 30 points to lead Alberta. Jordan Baker grabbed 11 rebounds but was held to just eight points on 3-for-12 shooting.

The T-Birds had 14 steals in the game, and outscored Alberta 27-14 off turnovers.

UBC now awaits the winner of the Trinity Western-Saskatchewan semifinal in the Canada West gold medal game. Both finalists get an automatic berth to the CIS tournament next week. The conference finals begin on Saturday at 8 p.m., following the bronze medal match up at 6 p.m., where Alberta will be looking for a CIS wildcard berth.

Source: UBC Sports Info

Trinity Western 78 Saskatchewan 80 Final
Canada West semifinal 2
Courtesy of: english.cis-sic.ca




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  CHINA   


James Singleton claims Chinese CBA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American James Singleton (203-F-81) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Xinjiang and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 31.
The 29-year old forward had a double-double of 30 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Zhejiang C. (#5, 16-13) 100-92. It allowed Xinjiang to consolidate first place in the Chinese CBA. Xinjiang has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 28-1. Singleton turned to be Xinjiang's top player in his first season with the team. James Singleton averages this season 21.7ppg and 10.1rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American power forward Josh Boone (208-F/C-84) of Zhejiang C.. Boone impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 30 points and 22 rebounds. Bad luck as Zhejiang C. lost that game 92-100 to the higher-ranked Xinjiang (#1, 28-1). Zhejiang C. managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 16-13 record is not bad and everything may still change. Boone is a newcomer at Zhejiang C. 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 Vernon Hamilton (183-G-84) of TianJin R. (#17). Hamilton got into 30-points club by scoring 40 points in the last round. He went also for twelve rebounds and four assists. Despite Hamilton's great performance TianJin R. lost 100-124 to slightly higher-ranked Fujian (#16, 7-22). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. TianJin R. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 5-24 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Hamilton he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Hamilton has a very solid season. In 10 games in China he scored 25.9ppg. He also has 7.5rpg, 4.8apg, 3.1spg and FGP: 51.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Charles Gaines (201-F-81) of Qingdao DS - 37 points and 10 rebounds
5. Randolph Morris (211-F/C-86) of Beijing - 34 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Stephon Marbury (187-G-77) of Foshan - 30 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Zhejiang G.L. - 29 points and 16 rebounds
8. Andre Emmett (196-G/F-82) of Fujian - 31 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Jameel Watkins (211-C/F-77) of Jilin - 25 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-G-86) of DongGuan - 54 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists

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


NBA Guard Orien Greene Would be in China - by Robert Wang
Today, the news from Bei jing says that Bei jing team would sign with former NBA point guard Mr. Orien Greene (193-G-82, college: La-Lafayette) as their new import who would take the place the current player Crawford. Orien played with three nba teams in his past experince included Kings, celtics, Pacers and he is playing with Utah Flash team in D-league right now. He had been doing pretty well for his current d-league team as the Point Guard.While the other player Crawford might be going home very soon since Beijing wants to go further in the playoff. Bei jing is standing the 7th place in CBA right now. And the top 8 teams would go to the playoff. The reguallar season would be finished by March 12th. Good Luck Mr. O.G.!!!

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  CROATIA   


Zadar appoints Pino Grdovic as new Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
Zadar has a new Head Coach. Tihomir Bujan stepped down on his position recently and Zadar was on the lookout for the new coach. They identified Pino Grdovic (agency: Interperformances ) as right man for the job to help Zadar avoid relegation in Adriatic League. Grdovic has so far working with Cibona helping the team win the title in junior competition. He is expected to make his debut in the next round of Adriatic League.
Pino Grdovic (agency: Interperformances ) is most renowned as youth coach. During 2001-2002 season he was appointed as Assistant Coach at Italian outfit Paf Bologna. There his assignment was individual work with the likes of Greogr Fucka and Marko Milic. After that, Grdovic took his first Head Coaching job in 2005 when he was appointed at Union Olimpija. He led Olimpija to Slovenian Cup in 2005. However, in November of 2005 he was fired and has left the club. At the start of 2007-2008 season, Grdovic took over Cibona Zagreb youth team.


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


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Luka PETKOVIC
  Svjetlost
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Petkovic, Svjetlost23.2 
 2. Puljko, Kvarner .21.2 
 3. Zitko, Trogir18.7 
 4. Mimica, KK Split17.9 
 5. Krapic, Zabok17.6 
 6. Sobin, KK Split16.8 
 7. Krolo, Darda16.4 
 8. Saric, Dubrava16.3 
 9. Ridl, Darda16.0 
 10. Bakovic, Darda15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dalibor BAGARIC
  Marousi
  (217-C-80)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Bagaric, Dubrava11.6 
 2. Krapic, Zabok9.4 
 3. Krolo, Darda8.8 
 4. Saric, Dubrava8.6 
 5. Radic, Alkar Sinj8.4 
 6. Sobin, KK Split8.2 
 7. Ruzic, Borik6.6 
 8. Ridl, Darda6.4 
 9. Ragsdale, Kvarner .6.3 
 10. Zupic, Alkar Sinj5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Milan KARAKAS
  Trogir
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Karakas, Trogir5.3 
 2. Blajic, Alkar Sinj4.7 
 3. Petkovic, Svjetlost4.5 
 4. Blajic, Trogir4.3 
 5. Tomeljak, Zabok3.9 
 6. Delas, Alkar Sinj3.7 
 7. Jugo, Kvarner 20103.5 
 8. Katic, KK Split3.2 
 9. Sarac, Svjetlost3.2 
 10. Misic, Svjetlost2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Teo PETANI
  Borik
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Petani, Borik2.4 
 2. Anzulovic, Alkar Sinj2.3 
 3. Puljko, Kvarner .2.2 
 4. Saric, Dubrava2.0 
 5. Kamaldin, Darda1.9 
 6. Tomeljak, Zabok1.8 
 7. Blajic, Trogir1.8 
 8. Swift, Darda1.8 
 9. Bicvic, Darda1.7 
 10. Skific, Borik1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Dalibor BAGARIC
  Marousi
  (217-C-80)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Bagaric, Dubrava1.6 
 2. Vladovic, Trogir1.3 
 3. Vitali, Trogir1.3 
 4. Krolo, Darda1.2 
 5. Sobin, KK Split1.1 
 6. Kraljevic, Zabok1.1 
 7. Saric, Dubrava1.0 
 8. Ragsdale, Kvarner .1.0 
 9. Sarlija, Borik0.9 
 10. Vukicevic, Svjetlost0.8 


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  CYPRUS   


Intercollege ETHA won the cup - by Michael Aristidou
InterCollege Etha Engomis is the new cup holder in Cyrpus. This is the first title in the team history ever!
InterCollege Etha Engomis won Proteas Danoi AEL 79-52 and won the cup. InterCollege Etha Engomis was better during all the game and didnt leave their opponents to doubt which team is going to win the game.
American Reggie Redding (196-G-88, college: Villanova) was the mvp of the final.
Head coach Antonis Constantinides is the architect of this team the last three years and now is enjoying his first title also.
Quarters: 15-24, 28-41, 38-61, 52-79
Proteas Danoi AEL: Ewing 14 (1) , Wyatt 2, Delic 1, Papic 7 (1), Palalas 1, Kounounis 4, Liatsos, Buford 15 (4), Milosevic 8, Stylianou
InterCollege Etha Engomis: Tutt 13 (1), King 14, Johnson 12 (3), Dabkus 14 (3), Anastasiadis, Massamba 8, Cup 4 (1), Redding 14 (2), Golubovic, Konstantinou














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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Ravone George Signing Pays Immediate Dividends as TJ Quanto Svitavy Defeats BC Kolin 84-77 - by Surujh Roopnarine
After losing Tomas Teply (190-G-87) during last weeks demolition of Brno, TJ Quanto Svitavy quickly turned around and signed former Murray State guard Ravone George (193-G-83, college: Alabama) for the remainder of the season. The 27-year old George has played professionally in Austria, Estonia and most recently Slovakia where he finished the 2009-10 season with BK Svit. In nine contests he averaged 15.0points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.2 steals while shooting 51.4% from the field. Today he made his debut with Svitavy and did he ever impress, scoring a game high 23 points in 29 minutes as Svitavy won their second game in the A2 round of play, defeating visiting BC Kolin. With the victory Svitavy (4-18) now has three consecutive wins (Pilsen, Brno and Kolin) after recording just one win over the first 19 games of the season. George, capable of playing the point or off-guard positions, was red-hot, going 11-19 from the field while grabbing six rebounds.

Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
A1
 1. BK Pardubice 2-0 
 2. BK Prostejov 1-0 
 3. BK Decin 0-0 
 4. CEZ Nymburk 0-0 
 5. Novy Jicin 0-1 
 6. NH Ostrava 0-2 
A2
 1. B&W Opava 11-11 
 2. BC Kolin 10-12 
 3. Basketbol Brno 7-15 
 4. USK Praha 6-16 
 5. Svitavy 4-18 
 6. Plzen 3-19 


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Terry SMITH
  BC Kolin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Smith, BC Kolin17.9 
 2. Horak, Svitavy15.7 
 3. Burke, NH Ostrava15.7 
 4. Landry, BK Prost.15.5 
 5. Hatcher, BK Decin15.1 
 6. Houska, BK Decin14.7 
 7. Kotas, USK Praha14.7 
 8. Hampton, BK Pardu.14.4 
 9. Muirhead, Novy Jicin14.3 
 10. Sirina, B&W Opava14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Svitavy
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Meno, Basketbo.10.4 
 2. Burke, NH Ostrava9.4 
 3. Spagrud, NH Ostrava8.7 
 4. Houska, BK Decin8.7 
 5. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.0 
 6. Landry, BK Prost.7.9 
 7. Kramny, Svitavy7.8 
 8. Frana, Plzen7.4 
 9. Gadri, BK Prostejov6.7 
 10. Bjegovic, USK Praha6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Stepan VRUBL
  Plzen
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Vrubl, Plzen5.7 
 2. Lawrence, BK Prost.4.8 
 3. Carnecky, B&W O.3.8 
 4. Kotas, USK Praha3.8 
 5. Hatcher, BK Decin3.7 
 6. Jones, BC Kolin3.5 
 7. Channels, Novy Jicin3.3 
 8. Macela, Svitavy3.0 
 9. Sanders, BK Decin3.0 
 10. Sirina, B&W Opava2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Lukas KOTAS
  USK Praha
  (194-F-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kotas, USK Praha2.0 
 2. Smith, BC Kolin2.0 
 3. Wright, BK Pardu.2.0 
 4. Field, BC Kolin1.9 
 5. Hampton, BK Pardu.1.9 
 6. Holloway, Basket.1.9 
 7. Sirina, B&W Opava1.8 
 8. Hatcher, BK Decin1.6 
 9. Muirhead, Novy Jicin1.5 
 10. Hruban, USK Praha1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  NH Ostrava
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Trybanski, NH Os.1.5 
 2. Hanke, USK Praha1.1 
 3. Miklosik, B&W O.1.1 
 4. Kramny, Svitavy1.1 
 5. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.0 
 6. Gadri, BK Prostejov1.0 
 7. Houska, BK Decin0.9 
 8. Egwuatu, Svitavy0.8 
 9. Meno, Basketbo.0.8 
 10. Landry, BK Prost.0.7 


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  DENMARK   


Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Svendborg 24-3 
 2. Bakken 24-3 
 3. Naestved 20-7 
 4. Horsholm 16-11 
 5. Horsens IC 13-14 
 6. SISU 11-16 
 7. Aabyhoj 10-17 
 8. Vaerlose 8-19 
 9. Aalborg 5-22 
 10. Amager BK 4-23 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Thomas SOLTAU
  SISU
  (210-F-82)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Soltau, SISU22.8 
 2. Morris, Aabyhoj22.5 
 3. Brasas, Amager BK21.5 
 4. Hall, Aalborg21.4 
 5. Colas, Vaerlose19.8 
 6. Iversen, Svendborg18.9 
 7. Roberts, Naestved18.7 
 8. Dennis, SISU18.5 
 9. McGinn, Aalborg16.7 
 10. Falkner, Aalborg16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Naestved
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Roberts, Naestved12.9 
 2. Colas, Vaerlose10.5 
 3. St.John, Horsens IC9.9 
 4. Morris, Aabyhoj9.9 
 5. Johansen, Naestved9.6 
 6. Falkner, Aalborg9.4 
 7. Soltau, SISU8.8 
 8. Williams, Svendborg7.5 
 9. Ba, Vaerlose7.0 
 10. Hakanowitz, Horsh.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Naestved
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Smedley, Naestved6.3 
 2. Claitt, Horsens IC5.6 
 3. Hall, Aalborg5.2 
 4. Dennis, SISU4.7 
 5. Nielsen, Horsholm4.1 
 6. Burgess, Bakken4.1 
 7. Martin, Aabyhoj4.0 
 8. Jensen, Vaerlose3.7 
 9. Darboe, Svendborg3.6 
 10. Nielsen, SISU3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Marquis HALL
  Aalborg
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Hall, Aalborg3.8 
 2. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.1 
 3. Nielsen, Horsholm2.0 
 4. Dennis, SISU2.0 
 5. Jakobsen, Bakken1.9 
 6. Colman, Svendborg1.8 
 7. Jukic, Aabyhoj1.8 
 8. Smedley, Naestved1.8 
 9. Roberts, Naestved1.8 
 10. Burgess, Bakken1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.1 
 2. Blackmon, Horsholm1.6 
 3. Colas, Vaerlose1.4 
 4. Christoffers., Bak.1.4 
 5. Roberts, Naestved1.1 
 6. St.John, Horsens IC0.9 
 7. Johansen, Naestved0.7 
 8. Logan, Amager BK0.7 
 9. McGinn, Aalborg0.7 
 10. Brown, SISU0.6 


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  D-LEAGUE   


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 31-10 
 2. Erie Bay H. 24-13 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 17-22 
 4. Dakota W. 14-25 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 7-29 
Southwest Division
 1. Tulsa 66ers 28-10 
 2. Rio Grande 27-12 
 3. Texas L. 18-22 
 4. Austin T. 16-22 
 5. New Mexico 15-24 
 6. Maine RC 14-25 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 24-14 
 2. Bakersfield J. 24-14 
 3. Utah F. 22-15 
 4. Idaho S. 16-22 
 5. Springfield A. 10-28 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Bakersfield J.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.26.1 
 2. Jeffers, Iowa E.21.2 
 3. Johnson, Erie B.20.6 
 4. Alexander, Texas L.19.9 
 5. Adrien, Rio Grande19.9 
 6. Dentmon, Texas L.19.4 
 7. McNeal, Rio Grande19.2 
 8. Sims, Maine RC18.8 
 9. Byars, Bakersfi.18.7 
 10. Edwards, New M.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Golde State W.
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande12.2 
 2. Ewing, Sioux F.11.2 
 3. Davidson, Idaho S.10.0 
 4. Sims, Iowa E.9.7 
 5. Johnson, Dakota W.9.6 
 6. Williams, Texas L.9.5 
 7. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.3 
 8. Alexander, Texas L.9.2 
 9. Jeffers, Iowa E.9.0 
 10. Cousin, Austin T.8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.2 
 2. Daniels, Texas L.8.9 
 3. Miles, Reno Bighorns8.7 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne.7.9 
 5. Jackson, Idaho S.7.4 
 6. Jackson, Erie B.6.6 
 7. Johnson, Austin T.6.4 
 8. Reynolds, Spring.6.1 
 9. Ahearn, Erie Bay H.6.1 
 10. Bailey, Sioux F.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Zabian DOWDELL
  Phoenix Suns
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers2.5 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.5 
 3. Lin, Reno Bighorns2.3 
 4. Lofton, Iowa E.2.1 
 5. Greene, Utah F.2.1 
 6. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 7. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 8. Reynolds, Spring.1.9 
 9. Jackson, Idaho S.1.9 
 10. Linhart, Erie B.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Williams, Texas L.2.8 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.2.8 
 3. Aldrich, Tulsa 66ers2.4 
 4. Atchley, Rio Grande2.2 
 5. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 6. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.2 
 7. Sykes, Sioux F.1.8 
 8. Pittman, Sioux F.1.7 
 9. Goodridge, Spring.1.6 
 10. Gaffney, Utah F.1.6 


Friday's games - by Eurobasket News
Utah F. - New Mexico 106-88
Utah improved upon its franchise-best win streak tonight as the Flash beat the Thunderbirds 106-88. The streak was extended to eight games in front of Gordon Hayward, Ty Corbin of the Utah Jazz, and several members of the Sacramento Kings, including Flash guard Ryan Thompson's brother. The Flash trailed early in the first quarter 16-7, but a mid-quarter run 14-point-run gave them the lead. The T-Birds bounced back in the last half of the quarter with 10 points, closing the gap, but were still unable to regain the lead. The Flash had seven steals in the first quarter. The Flash maintained a 10-point lead at the end of the first half [60-50]. Tony Gaffney (6'9''-F-84, college: Massachusetts) remained the game's high scorer with 13 points. Dar Tucker had 12 points for the T-Birds. The Flash took advantage of the T-Bird's offensive mishaps during the first half with 13 points made off of 11 T-Bird turnovers. Ryan Thompson led the Flash with his season-best 21 points. Kevin Kruger (6'1''-G-83, college: UNLV) had an impressive 12 assists, the highest this season for any Flash player. Kruger also had 10 points and six steals. Jazz assignee Jeremy Evans had 10 points and eight rebounds in 34 minutes for the Flash Tucker led the T-Birds with 20 points and nine rebounds. Former Flash-man J.R. Giddens scored 19 for New Mexico. Once again the Flash played unselfishly, serving up 30 assists on the night. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Bakersfield J. - Rio Grande 104-99
The Rio Grande Valley Vipers' four-game winning streak came to a close with a 104-99 loss to the Bakersfield Jam on Friday at the Jam Events Center. With the game tied at 24-24 after 11 minutes, the Jam (24-14) scored the final four baskets of the first quarter and the first three of the second while going on a 15-0 run to take a 39-24 lead. Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette) hit a driving layup at the 10:07 mark of the second quarter to break the run and start a 18-3 run by the Vipers (27-12) to tie the game at 42-42 on a jumper by Matt Janning (6'4''-G/F-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Northeastern) at the 4:21 mark. The Vipers took the lead back for the first time since the first quarter at 47-45 when Janning nailed a three-pointer at the 3:10 mark. McNeal led all scorers with 27 points to go with seven assists and a career-high five steals while Richard Roby scored 23 points. *Courtesy of www.themonitor.com

Erie Bay H. - Tulsa 66ers 97-103
The Tulsa 66ers (28-10) recorded their fifth consecutive victory with a 103-97 road win over the Erie BayHawks (24-13) Friday evening inside Tullio Arena. Guard Robert Vaden (6'5''-G/F-85, college: UAB) led the 66ers in scoring with 20 points and forward Ryan Reid (6'8''-F-86, college: Florida St.) paced Tulsa with nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Tulsa, who currently leads the Western Conference, improved to 15-5 on road this season. Also scoring in double figures for Tulsa was Elijah Millsap and Larry Owens with 19 and Jerome Dyson with 16. Offensively, Tulsa shot 36-73 (.493) from the floor, including 5-11 (.455) from beyond the arc. The 66ers defense forced 24 turnovers, including 11 steals. Leading the BayHawks was Ivan Johnson, Tasmin Mitchell and Kyle Spain each with 17 points. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Maine RC - Iowa E. 90-99
The Maine Red Claws (14-25) faced off against the league's best, the Iowa Energy (31-10), tonight at the Portland Expo Building. The East's top dog, Iowa outmanned the Red Claws throughout the game, taking home the 99-90 win. Marqus Blakely (6'5''-F-89, college: Vermont) led the Energy in scoring with 20 points while Courtney Sims provided a quiet double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Six of eight players scored in double figures for Iowa. Iowa guard Curtis Stinson continued to close in on the all-time assists mark in the NBA D-League. Stinson, who entered the night needing nine assists to overtake Will Conroy's (Rio Grande Valley, Tulsa, Albuquerque 2005/06 - 2009/10) 1557 all-time assists, finished the night with 6 and will likely set the new league mark Sunday night in front of the home crowd when Iowa hosts Idaho. Magnum Rolle (6'11''-C/F-86, college: Louisiana Tech), making his second appearance for the Red Claws after returning from a knee injury, again provided a solid spark off the bench with 11 points and 7 rebounds. DeShawn Sims got off to a slow start but still ended with 14 points and 7 of his own rebounds. Mario West paced the Red Claws , earning adidas Player of the Game honors with 23 points. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Springfield A. - Dakota W. 79-114
The Springfield Armor had a franchise record crowd of 5,136 on hand at the MassMutual Center tonight, shattering the team's previous high of 4,491 in last year's season finale, but trailed from start to finish in a 114-79 loss to the Dakota Wizards. Dakota burst out of the gate in the first half to the tune of a 10-0 run to start the game. The Wizards played a strong all-round game in the first half, shooting the ball well from the field at 51 percent (22-43), while holding the Armor to just 33 percent from the field (14-42). After leading by 15 at halftime, 55-40, the Wizards added to their lead in the second half. In the third quarter, the Wizards broke the game open even further and led by as many as 35 points. It wasn't just the shooting woes that troubled Springfield. The Armor committed 23 turnovers in the game, which led to 21 fastbreak points for Dakota. The Wizards were led by Javaris Crittenton (6'5''-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) 's 21-point, 12-assist effort. Anthony Goods (6'3''-G-87, college: Stanford) contributed 19 points, and Renaldo Major and former Armor player Chris Ayer each added 17. Springfield received solid contributions from Jerry Smith (21 points) and the newly acquired Lance Hurdle (17 points). Smith started his fifth game of the season tonight and has played in 37 of the Armor's 38 games. *Courtesy of D-League

Ft.Wayne MA - Reno Bighorns 98-118
Danny Green (6'6''-F/G-87, college: N.Carolina) had a big offensive night to lead the Reno Bighorns to a season sweep of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants with a 118-98 win Friday at Ft. Wayne, Ind. Green scored a season-high 29 points paired with 10 rebounds. He also knocked down six 3-pointers. For the second straight game, all five Bighorns (24-14) starters scored in double digits. Donald Sloan (6'3''-G-88, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Texas A&M) had 20 points, including 16 in the second half, followed by Marcus Landry (18), Patrick O'Bryant (17) and Anthony Richardson (12). Salim Stoudamire kicked in 16 off the bench. The Bighorns shot 52.8 percent from the field (43-of-80) and 78.6 percent from the free-throw line (22-of-28). The Mad Ants (17-22) only shot 41 percent from the field. Fort Wayne kept the game close and trailed by eight points with less than 3 minutes in the game. Reno closed the game with a 16-4 run to seal the victory. Chris Kramer scored 25 points for the Mad Ants, and Marvin Phillips added his second straight double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.rgj.com




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  ESTONIA   


EMKL Round 28: Kalev/Cramo keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in EMKL is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 4 rounds.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Kalev/Cramo as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Kalev/Cramo defeated 5th ranked Rapla in Tallinn 83-66. The game was mostly controlled by Kalev/Cramo. Rapla managed to win second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kalev/Cramo forced 19 Rapla turnovers. International guard Gert Dorbek (194-85) fired 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. International forward Joosep Toome (202-85) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Kalev/Cramo's coach Aivar Kuusmaa used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Heigo Erm (190-80) produced 17 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Kalev/Cramo (26-3) have an impressive nine-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Rapla lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth place with 16 games lost. Rapla will play next round against strong BC Rakvere trying to get back on the winning streak. Kalev/Cramo will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked TTU/Kalev. It will be extra interesting game as TTU/Kalev is their local rival from Tallinn.
Important game to mention about took place in Valga. Fourth ranked BC Rakvere (14-13) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Valga/CKE (10-17) 95-93 on Friday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Latvian forward Ivars Timermanis (202-82, agency: Alti Sport) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds. Matthew Hall contributed with 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The former international swingman Veljo Vares (200-81) replied with 21 points and 6 rebounds for Valga/CKE. BC Rakvere maintains fourth position with 14-13 record. Valga/CKE lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with 17 games lost. BC Rakvere will play against Rapla (#5) at home in the next round. Valga/CKE will play against Voru KK and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Rapla between Rapla and TTU/Kalev. Fifth ranked Rapla (11-16) got a very close home victory over 3rd ranked TTU/Kalev (19-6). Rapla managed to escape with a 3-point win 79-76 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of TTU/Kalev. Worth to mention a great performance of Raido Ringmets who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds. At the losing side Casey Archibald responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds. TTU/Kalev's coach Ullar Kerde tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Rapla maintains fifth position with 11-16 record. TTU/Kalev at the other side keeps the third place with six games lost. Rapla will meet higher ranked BC Rakvere (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. TTU/Kalev's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn Kalev/Cramo.
Ninth-ranked Voru KK (1-28) made lots of trouble for eighth ranked KK Parnu (8-21). KK Parnu managed to secure only four-point victory 80-76. However their fans expected easier game. The winners were led by Martin Paasoja who scored that evening 20 points and 8 rebounds. KK Parnu maintains eighth position with 8-21 record. Voru KK lost fifteenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 28 lost games. KK Parnu's next round opponent will be league's second-placed TU/Rock in Tartu and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Voru KK will play at home against Valga/CKE (#6).
The game with biggest result difference took place in Voru. Local Voru KK (1-28) was outscored by seventh ranked TTU/Kalev II (10-18) 86-56 on Thursday night. Andrew Arnold fired a double-double by scoring 27 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Voru KK's coach Teet Laur gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. TTU/Kalev II maintains seventh position with 10-18 record. Voru KK lost fifteenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 28 lost games. TTU/Kalev II will face league's second-placed TU/Rock in Tartu in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Voru KK will play at home against Valga/CKE (#6).



Kalev/Cramo - Rapla 83-66

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Kalev/Cramo as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Kalev/Cramo defeated 5th ranked Rapla in Tallinn 83-66. The game was mostly controlled by Kalev/Cramo. Rapla managed to win second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kalev/Cramo forced 19 Rapla turnovers. International guard Gert Dorbek (194-85) fired 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. International forward Joosep Toome (202-85) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Kalev/Cramo's coach Aivar Kuusmaa used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Heigo Erm (190-80) produced 17 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Raido Ringmets (204-83) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Rapla players scored in double figures. Kalev/Cramo (26-3) have an impressive nine-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Rapla lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth place with 16 games lost. Rapla will play next round against strong BC Rakvere trying to get back on the winning streak. Kalev/Cramo will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked TTU/Kalev. It will be extra interesting game as TTU/Kalev is their local rival from Tallinn.
Top scorers:
Rapla: H.Erm 17+7reb+1ast, S.Kaldre 14+3reb+1ast, R.Raap 14+4reb+1ast, R.Ringmets 10+8reb+2ast, I.Kajupank 6+7reb, A.Antson 3+5reb
Kalev/Cramo: G.Arbet 14+3reb+1ast, G.Dorbek 13+6reb+2ast, J.Toome 12+5reb+2ast, K.Saks 10+2reb+1ast, M.Dunigan 9+4reb+1ast, R.Tamm 9+2reb+3ast
gschID: 119583


Voru KK - TTU/Kalev II 56-86

The game with biggest result difference took place in Voru. Local Voru KK (1-28) was outscored by seventh ranked TTU/Kalev II (10-18) 86-56 on Thursday night. The game was mostly controlled by TTU/Kalev II. Voru KK was better in second period 20-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TTU/Kalev II dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Voru KK's 32. American center Andrew Arnold (208-86, college: Lewis-Clark) fired a double-double by scoring 27 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Mario Paiste (184-89) chipped in 18 points. Guard Tanel Kimask (180-85) produced 17 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Curtis Allen (193-85, college: ORU) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Voru KK's coach Teet Laur gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. TTU/Kalev II maintains seventh position with 10-18 record. Voru KK lost fifteenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 28 lost games. TTU/Kalev II will face league's second-placed TU/Rock in Tartu in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Voru KK will play at home against Valga/CKE (#6).
Top scorers:
Voru KK: T.Kimask 17+8reb, C.Allen 10+6reb+1ast, T.Zupsman 7+5reb, R.Raudsepp 7+4reb+1ast, J.Wyatt 6+6reb+2ast, S.Kuuba 3+6reb+1ast
TTU/Kalev II: A.Arnold 27+13reb+4ast, M.Paiste 18+4reb+3ast, M.Saarmets 13+11reb, M.Milling 9+3reb+2ast, R.Prii 8+5ast, S.Raudla 5+10reb+3ast
gschID: 119584


Valga/CKE - Rakvere 93-95

Important game to mention about took place in Valga. Fourth ranked BC Rakvere (14-13) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Valga/CKE (10-17) 95-93 on Friday evening. Valga/CKE was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 46-41 second half run of BC Rakvere. Worth to mention a great performance of Latvian forward Ivars Timermanis (202-82, agency: Alti Sport) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds. American guard Matthew Hall (191-86, college: Stonehill) contributed with 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Hall is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The former international swingman Veljo Vares (200-81) replied with 21 points and 6 rebounds and guard Timo Oja (182-87) added 21 points in the effort for Valga/CKE. Five Valga/CKE players scored in double figures. BC Rakvere maintains fourth position with 14-13 record. Valga/CKE lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with 17 games lost. BC Rakvere will play against Rapla (#5) at home in the next round. Valga/CKE will play against Voru KK and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Valga/CKE: T.Oja 21+4reb+2ast, V.Vares 21+6reb+1ast, A.Brown 15+7reb, A.Tagamets 14+5reb+2ast, A.Vasar 12+2reb, R.Rebane 5+8reb
Rakvere: I.Timermanis 28+12reb, M.Hall 25+8reb+2ast, R.Vaikulis 21+3reb+4ast, J.Vahter 8+1reb+1ast, M.Dorbek 7+7reb+4ast, B.McGee 6+4reb
gschID: 119585


Rapla - TTU/Kalev 79-76

A very close game took place in Rapla between Rapla and TTU/Kalev. Fifth ranked Rapla (11-16) got a very close home victory over 3rd ranked TTU/Kalev (19-6). Rapla managed to escape with a 3-point win 79-76 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of TTU/Kalev. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 16-6 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Rapla dominated on the defensive end, holding TTU/Kalev to just 6 points in third quarter. Rapla shot 31 for 46 from the free-throw line, while TTU/Kalev only scored thirteen points from the stripe. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Raido Ringmets (204-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds and guard Rait-Riivo Laane (180-93) who added 20 points during the contest. Four Rapla players scored in double figures. At the losing side Canadian guard Casey Archibald (195-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds and forward Erik Keedus (194-90) scored 14 points. TTU/Kalev's coach Ullar Kerde tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Rapla maintains fifth position with 11-16 record. TTU/Kalev at the other side keeps the third place with six games lost. Rapla will meet higher ranked BC Rakvere (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. TTU/Kalev's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn Kalev/Cramo.
Top scorers:
TTU/Kalev: C.Archibald 15+5reb+2ast, K.Makke 14+3reb, E.Keedus 14+4reb+1ast, R.Roos 9+2reb, B.Osby 8+7reb+1ast, I.Pilk 7+5reb+3ast
Rapla: H.Erm 21+4reb, R.Laane 20+3reb+3ast, R.Raap 10+3reb+1ast, R.Ringmets 10+14reb+3ast, S.Kaldre 8+3reb, A.Antson 4+3reb
gschID: 119586


Parnu - Voru KK 80-76 OT

Ninth-ranked Voru KK (1-28) made lots of trouble for eighth ranked KK Parnu (8-21). KK Parnu managed to secure only four-point victory 80-76. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts were tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They eventually won an overtime period 12-8. KK Parnu forced 25 Voru KK turnovers. Strangely Voru KK outrebounded KK Parnu 63-36 including a 21-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. 24 personal fouls committed by Voru KK helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by guard Martin Paasoja (189-93) who scored that evening 20 points and 8 rebounds and guard Rain Karner (186-91) supported him with 18 points. Even a double-double of 18 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists by American guard Curtis Allen (193-85, college: ORU) did not help to save the game for Voru KK. His fellow American import forward Juan Wyatt (203-84, college: Alcorn St.) added 16 points and 22 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. KK Parnu maintains eighth position with 8-21 record. Voru KK lost fifteenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 28 lost games. KK Parnu's next round opponent will be league's second-placed TU/Rock in Tartu and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Voru KK will play at home against Valga/CKE (#6).
Top scorers:
Voru KK: C.Allen 18+16reb+7ast, J.Wyatt 16+22reb+1ast, S.Kuuba 15+13reb, A.Velleramm 12+5reb+2ast, T.Kimask 8+1reb+2ast, R.Raudsepp 6
Parnu: M.Paasoja 20+8reb, R.Karner 18+3reb+1ast, E.Tamsalu 12+4reb+1ast, K.Voolaid 11+1reb, J.Larionov 7+4reb, T.Raadik 7+8reb+3ast
gschID: 119587




Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. Kalev/Cramo 26-3 
 2. TU/Rock 25-2 
 3. TTU/Kalev 19-6 
 4. Rakvere 14-13 
 5. Rapla 11-16 
 6. Valga/CKE 10-17 
 7. TTU/Kalev II 10-18 
 8. Parnu 8-21 
 9. Voru KK 1-28 


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, Rapla17.7 
 4. Raap, Parnu16.6 
 5. Brown, Va.16.6 
 6. Raadik, Parnu16.2 
 7. Arnold, TT.15.6 
 8. Pilk, TT.14.5 
 9. Osby, TT.14.5 
 10. Kuuba, Voru KK14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrais THORNTON
  Penafiel
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Thornton, Voru KK12.2 
 2. Brown, Va.11.4 
 3. Arnold, TT.11.0 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla10.0 
 5. Kuuba, Voru KK9.1 
 6. Osby, TT.8.8 
 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: 3.8
 1. Kriisa, TT.3.8 
 2. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.5 
 3. Sokk, TU/Rock3.5 
 4. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo3.1 
 5. Oja, Va.2.9 
 6. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock2.9 
 7. Pokla, Rakvere2.7 
 8. Ringmets, Rapla2.6 
 9. Archibald, TT.2.5 
 10. Laane, Rapla2.4 
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. Dorbek, Rakvere1.9 
 9. Veideman, TU/Rock1.9 
 10. Pilk, TT.1.8 
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, Parnu1.2 
 5. Arnold, TT.0.9 
 6. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.8 
 7. Talts, TU/Rock0.8 
 8. Brown, Va.0.8 
 9. Ringmets, Rapla0.7 
 10. Saarmets, TTU/K.0.7 


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  FINLAND   


Korisliiga Round 39: Tampereen Pyrinto defeats KTP-Basket in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

An interesting game for Tampereen Pyrinto (33-7) which hosted in Tampere second-best KTP-Basket (28-11). First ranked Tampereen Pyrinto managed to get a 8-point victory 93-85. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of KTP-Basket. KTP-Basket trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 25-22 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 85-93 at the end of the game. Tampereen Pyrinto made 27-of-31 free shots (87.1 percent) during the game, while KTP-Basket only scored eleven points from the stripe. 25 personal fouls committed by KTP-Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international power forward Antti Nikkila (210-78, college: Valparaiso) contributed with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized American forward Clifton Jones (201-78, college: Oregon St.) answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds for KTP-Basket. Tampereen Pyrinto have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 33-7 record. KTP-Basket at the other side keeps the second position with 11 games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto are looking forward to face Espoo Honka (#5) on the road in the next round. KTP-Basket will play against Kauhajoen Karhu in Kauhajoki and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
The game in Helsinki was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Espoo Honka (23-15) played at the court of 8th ranked Torpan Pojat (17-22). Espoo Honka defeated Torpan Pojat 84-74. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for forward Corey Belser (200-82, college: San Diego) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Jamar Wilson helped adding 19 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was forward Tyray Pearson (201-80, college: Iowa St.) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Espoo Honka maintains fifth place with 23-15 record. Torpan Pojat at the other side keeps the eighth position with 22 games lost. Espoo Honka will play against league's leader Tampereen Pyrinto at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Torpan Pojat will play against LrNMKY (#11) in Lappeenranta and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Kouvola was also quite interesting. Third ranked Joensuun Kataja (28-12) played at the court of 6th ranked Kouvot (19-20). Joensuun Kataja defeated Kouvot 78-66 on Saturday. It was an exceptional evening for Jason Conley who led the winners and scored 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Ville Kaunisto came up with 16 points and 8 rebounds for Kouvot in the defeat. The victory was the third consecutive win for Joensuun Kataja. Joensuun Kataja maintains third place with 28-12 record having five points less than leader Pyrinto. Kouvot lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 20 games lost. Joensuun Kataja will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kouvot will play against Porvoon Tarmo (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Tenth-ranked Salon Vilpas (13-27) was very close to win a game against seventh ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (18-20) in Kauhajoki. Kauhajoen Karhu managed to secure only two-point victory 90-88. However their fans expected easier game. The best player for the winners was Jeremiah Wood who scored 21 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Kauhajoen Karhu maintains seventh place with 18-20 record. Salon Vilpas lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 27 games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu's next round opponent will be league's second-placed KTP-Basket in Kotka and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game between 10th ranked Salon Vilpas (13-27) and third ranked Joensuun Kataja (28-12) in Salon on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Joensuu outscored Salon Vilpas 102-78. It was a good game for Petri Virtanen who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 6 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Joensuun Kataja. Joensuun Kataja maintains third place with 28-12 record having five points less than leader Pyrinto. Salon Vilpas lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 27 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 39: LrNMKY was beaten by Namika Lahti on the road 100-92. Bottom-ranked Tarmo lost to Korihait on its own court 89-106. Honka unfortunately lost to KTP in Kotka 73-81.



ToPo - Honka 74-84

The game in Helsinki was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Espoo Honka (23-15) played at the court of 8th ranked Torpan Pojat (17-22). Espoo Honka defeated Torpan Pojat 84-74. Torpan Pojat was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 29-16 charge of Espoo Honka, which allowed them to win the game. They made 22-of-26 charity shots (84.6 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for forward Corey Belser (200-82, college: San Diego) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany) helped adding 19 points and 6 rebounds. Four Espoo Honka players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Tyray Pearson (201-80, college: Iowa St.) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and guard Frank Richards (188-82, college: Kansas St.) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Espoo Honka maintains fifth place with 23-15 record. Torpan Pojat at the other side keeps the eighth position with 22 games lost. Espoo Honka will play against league's leader Tampereen Pyrinto at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Torpan Pojat will play against LrNMKY (#11) in Lappeenranta and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
ToPo: T.Pearson 19+11reb+2ast, F.Richards 19+5reb+2ast, M.Koivisto 9+3reb+1ast, M.Pounds 8+1reb, T.Heinonen 6+6reb, E.Kajander 4+8reb+4ast
Honka: C.Belser 21+10reb+4ast, J.Wilson 19+6reb+3ast, J.Williamson 16+6reb+1ast, T.Iisalo 11+2reb+1ast, J.Matinen 9+3reb+1ast, A.Vanjoki 8
gschID: 106617


Pyrinto - KTP 93-85

An interesting game for Tampereen Pyrinto (33-7) which hosted in Tampere second-best KTP-Basket (28-11). First ranked Tampereen Pyrinto managed to get a 8-point victory 93-85. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of KTP-Basket. KTP-Basket trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 25-22 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 85-93 at the end of the game. Tampereen Pyrinto made 27-of-31 free shots (87.1 percent) during the game, while KTP-Basket only scored eleven points from the stripe. 25 personal fouls committed by KTP-Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international power forward Antti Nikkila (210-78, college: Valparaiso) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five Tampereen Pyrinto players scored in double figures. Naturalized American forward Clifton Jones (201-78, college: Oregon St.) answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) added 24 points in the effort for KTP-Basket. Tampereen Pyrinto have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 33-7 record. KTP-Basket at the other side keeps the second position with 11 games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto are looking forward to face Espoo Honka (#5) on the road in the next round. KTP-Basket will play against Kauhajoen Karhu in Kauhajoki and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
KTP: J.Ivey 24+1reb+3ast, C.Jones 22+8reb+1ast, V.Lind 10+2reb, M.Holme 10, J.Fields 9+4reb+8ast, S.Barrett 7+6reb+1ast
Pyrinto: D.Williams 23+11reb+4ast, A.Lehto 18+2ast, K.Lowe 13+5reb+3ast, A.Nikkila 12+10reb+1ast, A.Williams 12+3reb+1ast, J.Niemi 9+1reb+2ast
gschID: 106618


Karhu - Salon Vilpas 90-88

Tenth-ranked Salon Vilpas (13-27) was very close to win a game against seventh ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (18-20) in Kauhajoki. Kauhajoen Karhu managed to secure only two-point victory 90-88. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-13. But Salon Vilpas won second period 28-26. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Kauhajoen Karhu won last quarter 21-21. The best player for the winners was American forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) who scored 21 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. His fellow American import guard Steffan Johnson (185-87, college: Idaho) chipped in 19 points and 4 steals (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Nicchaeus Doaks (202-87, college: Chattanooga, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and 19 rebounds and guard Roope Ahonen (187-90) added 19 points respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Kauhajoen Karhu maintains seventh place with 18-20 record. Salon Vilpas lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 27 games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu's next round opponent will be league's second-placed KTP-Basket in Kotka and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: N.Doaks 26+19reb+1ast, R.Ahonen 19+1reb+3ast, S.Kaaresvirta 16+4reb+1ast, J.Kataja 14+5reb+1ast, N.Okorie 11+3reb+2ast, M.Nuutinen 2+2reb+2ast
Karhu: J.Wood 21+8reb+6ast, S.Johnson 19+4reb+3ast, W.Baxley 15+3reb+1ast, V.Makalainen 13+8reb+1ast, A.Huuskonen 10+7reb+4ast, E.Skamo 6+3reb
gschID: 106619


Kouvot - Kataja 66-78

The game in Kouvola was also quite interesting. Third ranked Joensuun Kataja (28-12) played at the court of 6th ranked Kouvot (19-20). Joensuun Kataja defeated Kouvot 78-66 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Joensuun Kataja. Kouvot managed to win fourth quarter 15-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Jason Conley (196-81, college: Missouri, agency: Pro One Sports) who led the winners and scored 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tennessee-Martin, agency: Court Side) accounted for 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. The former international forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) came up with 16 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Josh Gonner (188-82, college: S.Carolina) added 18 points (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) respectively for Kouvot in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Joensuun Kataja. Joensuun Kataja maintains third place with 28-12 record having five points less than leader Pyrinto. Kouvot lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 20 games lost. Joensuun Kataja will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kouvot will play against Porvoon Tarmo (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kouvot: J.Gonner 18+4reb+1ast, V.Kaunisto 16+8reb+3ast, B.Walker 10+6reb+2ast, A.Nikkarinen 10+2ast, L.Toivonen 6+2reb, D.Vinson 4+5reb+1ast
Kataja: J.Newson 17+7reb, J.Conley 15+8reb+4ast, S.Lehtoranta 14+3reb, A.Kanervo 11+2reb+1ast, J.Nenonen 10+1reb, D.Fells 8+8reb+1ast
gschID: 106620


Namika Lahti - LrNMKY 100-92

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Namika Lahti (15-23) beat at home 11th ranked LrNMKY (9-30) 100-92 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But LrNMKY won third quarter 27-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Namika Lahti shot 61.5 percent from the field. Namika Lahti had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by LrNMKY's players. It was a good game for American forward Anthony Vereen (201-86, college: Texas Arlington) who led his team to a victory with 32 points and 4 assists. Guard Roope Suonio (176-82) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 5 rebounds and 15 assists for the winners. American guard Malik Moore (192-77, college: Amer.Internat., agency: Prossin Sports Management) answered with 20 points and 7 assists and the other American import forward HL Coleman (202-74, college: Wyoming) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for LrNMKY. Four Namika Lahti and five LrNMKY players scored in double figures. Namika Lahti maintains ninth place with 15-23 record. Loser LrNMKY keeps the eleventh position with 30 games lost. Namika Lahti will face higher ranked UU-Korihait (#4) in Uusikaupunki in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. LrNMKY will play at home against Torpan Pojat (#8) in Helsinki.
Top scorers:
LrNMKY: M.Moore 20+4reb+7ast, J.Lewis 19+3reb+1ast, H.Coleman 15+8reb, V.Vanjoki 13+7reb, V.Pekkola 12+4reb+1ast, P.Riihela 11+5reb+1ast
Namika Lahti: A.Vereen 32+2reb+4ast, P.Pekkola 21+4reb, R.Suonio 13+5reb+15ast, T.Hendley 13+7reb+1ast, C.Latimer 12+3reb+1ast, R.Ayers 7+10reb+2ast
gschID: 106621


Tarmo - Korihait 89-106

Very expected game when 12th ranked Porvoon Tarmo (5-34) lost at home to fourth ranked UU-Korihait (26-13) 106-89 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 62-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. UU-Korihait shot 61.8 percent from the field. UU-Korihait outrebounded Porvoon Tarmo 34-15 including a 26-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. American players dominated also this game. It was a good game for forward Lawrence Wright (195-84, college: Bradley) who led his team to a victory with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward James Reaves (203-82, college: Niagara) contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Jonathan Heard (198-86) answered with 30 points and 4 assists and forward Jerrah Young (202-85, college: Toledo) added 21 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Porvoon Tarmo. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for UU-Korihait. They maintain fourth place with 26-13 record. Porvoon Tarmo lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted Porvoon Tarmo stay dead last with 34 lost games. UU-Korihait will face Namika Lahti (#9) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Porvoon Tarmo will play against Kouvot in Kouvola.
Top scorers:
Tarmo: J.Heard 30+3reb+4ast, J.Young 21+5reb+3ast, E.Maki-Tulokas 12+2reb, L.Trice Little 12+2reb+4ast, J.Petteri Mantyla 7+1reb, J.Kyllonen 5+1reb+4ast
Korihait: L.Wright 23+6reb+4ast, N.Moore 18+9reb, J.Reaves 18+8reb+1ast, P.Heinonen 16+5reb+1ast, M.Jalonen 13+1reb, J.Kumpulainen 9+3reb
gschID: 106622


KTP - Honka 81-73

Rather predictable result when second ranked KTP-Basket (28-11) won against 5th ranked Espoo Honka (23-15) in Kotka 81-73 on Wednesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Espoo Honka won third quarter 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) who led his team to a victory with 22 points. Canadian forward Sefton Barrett (196-83, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Limelight Hoops) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Corey Belser (200-82, college: San Diego) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds and the other American import center John Williamson (198-86, college: Cincinnati) added 20 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Espoo Honka. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for KTP-Basket. They maintain second place with 28-11 record having six points less than leader Pyrinto. Loser Espoo Honka keeps the fifth position with 15 games lost. KTP-Basket will face Kauhajoen Karhu (#7) in Kauhajoki in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Espoo Honka will play at home against the league's leader Tampereen Pyrinto.
Top scorers:
Honka: J.Williamson 20+7reb+2ast, J.Matinen 17+2reb+1ast, C.Belser 15+16reb+2ast, J.Wilson 8+3reb+1ast, T.Iisalo 7+4reb, V.Kopio 4+1reb
KTP: J.Ivey 22+3reb+3ast, S.Barrett 20+5reb+3ast, M.Holme 11+2reb, J.Fields 8+13reb+4ast, C.Jones 7+4reb+2ast, J.Eskola 7+1reb
gschID: 123177


Salon Vilpas - Kataja 78-102

The game between 10th ranked Salon Vilpas (13-27) and third ranked Joensuun Kataja (28-12) in Salon on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Joensuu outscored Salon Vilpas 102-78. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 102-78. Joensuun Kataja dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Salon Vilpas' 34. They outrebounded Salon Vilpas 42-28 including 32 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Joensuun Kataja especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. It was a good game for international guard Petri Virtanen (183-80) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 6 assists. American power forward Darren Fells (201-86, agency: Court Side) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Guard Roope Ahonen (187-90) answered with 21 points and 4 assists and American forward Nicchaeus Doaks (202-87, college: Chattanooga, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 10 points and 15 rebounds in the effort for Salon Vilpas. Five Joensuun Kataja and four Salon Vilpas players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Joensuun Kataja. Joensuun Kataja maintains third place with 28-12 record having five points less than leader Pyrinto. Salon Vilpas lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 27 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: R.Ahonen 21+2reb+4ast, N.Okorie 17+2reb+2ast, N.Doaks 10+15reb, J.Kataja 10+3reb+3ast, S.Kaaresvirta 9+1reb+1ast, I.Kallio 7
Kataja: A.Kanervo 20+1reb+3ast, P.Virtanen 17+3reb+6ast, S.Lehtoranta 16+5reb+3ast, J.Newson 13+11reb, D.Fells 11+12reb+3ast, J.Nenonen 10
gschID: 106616




KORISLIIGA: Kataja defeated Kouvot - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 39: Kataja (Joensuu) wants still badly to be # 2 after regular season. Today Kataja visited at Kouvola and defeated Kouvot 66-78 even sharpshooter Petri Virtanen missed all his shots. Jared Newson (195-G/F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Tennessee-Martin) led Kataja with 17 pts. Jason Conley (196-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) added 15 pts. Josh Gonner (188-G-82, college: S.Carolina) netted 18 pts for the hosts. In Lahti local YMCA beat YMCA Lappeenranta 100-92. Anthony Vereen (201-F-86, college: Texas Arlington) scored his season high 32 pts. Pasi Pekkola (195-F-81), who played his game # 300 in Top League, added 21 pts. Roope Suonio (176-G-82) gave 15 assists. In Porvoo local Tarmo was ahead of Korihait (Uusikaupunki) still during the half time, but visitors scored 62 pts during the second half and won 89-106. Jonathan Heard (198-G/F-86) (Tarmo) scored game high 30 pts. Lawrence Wright (195-F-84, college: Bradley) led Korihait with 23 pts. And at Kauhajoki Karhu won over Vilpas (Salo) 90-88. Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) (Kauhajoki) scored now 21 pts. Nicchaeus Doaks (202-F-87, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Chattanooga) led Vilpas with a double-double 26pts/19rbs.
Kouvot - Kataja 66-78 (41-47). (Josh Gonner 18, Ville Kaunisto 16, BA Walker 10 - Jared Newson 17, Jason Conley 15, Sami Lehtoranta 14).
YMCA Lahti - YMCA Lappeenranta 100-92 (47-37). (Anthony Vereen 32, Pasi Pekkola 21, Roope Suonio 13/15a - Malik Moore 20, James Lewis 19, HL Coleman 15).
Tarmo - Korihait 89-106 (49-44). (Jonathan Heard 30, Jerrah Young 21, LaTrice Little 12 - Lawrence Wright 23, Nigel Moore 18, James Reaves 18).
Kauhajoki - Vilpas 90-88 (45-41). (Jeremiah Wood 21, Steffan Johnson 19, Walt Baxley 15 - Nicchaeus Doaks 26/19, Roope Ahonen 19, Samu Kaaresvirta 16).




Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Pyrinto 33-7 
 2. KTP 28-11 
 3. Kataja 28-12 
 4. Korihait 26-13 
 5. Honka 23-15 
 6. Kouvot 19-20 
 7. Karhu 18-20 
 8. ToPo 17-22 
 9. Namika Lahti 15-23 
 10. Salon Vilpas 13-27 
 11. LrNMKY 9-30 
 12. Tarmo 5-34 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jamar WILSON
  Honka
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Wilson, Honka22.4 
 2. Heard, Tarmo21.0 
 3. Lewis, LrNM.20.7 
 4. Wood, Karhu20.6 
 5. Bailey, LrNM.19.6 
 6. Blanchard, ToPo19.3 
 7. Walker, Kouvot19.3 
 8. Williamson, Honka19.2 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto19.0 
 10. Baxley, Karhu18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Wood, Karhu12.9 
 2. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.6 
 3. Doaks, Salon Vilpas10.2 
 4. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.9 
 5. Young, Tarmo9.8 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto9.6 
 7. Vinson, Kouvot9.2 
 8. Blanchard, ToPo9.1 
 9. Coleman, LrNM.8.8 
 10. Belser, Honka8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Malik MOORE
  LrNMKY
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Moore, LrNM.4.7 
 2. Johnson, Karhu4.6 
 3. Suonio, Namika Lahti4.3 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto4.3 
 5. Wood, Karhu4.2 
 6. Virtanen, Kataja4.1 
 7. Sarcevic, Korihait3.7 
 8. Ivey, KTP3.5 
 9. Fields, KTP3.4 
 10. Okorie, Salon Vilpas3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jerald FIELDS
  KTP
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fields, KTP2.1 
 2. Wood, Karhu2.1 
 3. Heard, Tarmo1.8 
 4. Conerly, Tarmo1.8 
 5. Moore, Korihait1.8 
 6. Sarcevic, Korihait1.7 
 7. Richards, ToPo1.7 
 8. Lewis, LrNM.1.7 
 9. Newson, Kataja1.7 
 10. Fells, Kataja1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 James REAVES
  Korihait
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Reaves, Korihait0.9 
 2. Hendley, Namika Lahti0.8 
 3. Heard, Tarmo0.7 
 4. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 5. Wilson, Honka0.7 
 6. Makalainen, Karhu0.6 
 7. Young, Tarmo0.6 
 8. Moore, LrNM.0.6 
 9. Suonio, Namika Lahti0.6 
 10. Blanchard, ToPo0.6 


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  FRANCE   


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


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Rouen 17-7 
 2. Nanterre 17-7 
 3. Le Portel 15-9 
 4. Evreux 15-9 
 5. Fos Ouest 15-9 
 6. Dijon 14-10 
 7. Chalons-Reims 14-10 
 8. Maurienne 14-10 
 9. Boulazac 13-11 
 10. Bourg 12-12 
 11. Boulogne 12-12 
 12. Lille 10-14 
 13. Antibes 10-14 
 14. Nantes 10-14 
 15. St Vallier 9-15 
 16. Quimper 9-15 
 17. Clermont 6-18 
 18. Charleville 4-20 


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Tremmell DARDEN
  Nancy
  (194-G/F-81)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Darden, Nancy18.3 
 2. Mejia, Cholet18.2 
 3. Nichols, Vichy18.0 
 4. Hughes, Hyeres-T.17.7 
 5. Jefferson, AS.16.8 
 6. Massie, Limoges16.8 
 7. Woodside, Gravelines15.8 
 8. King, Le Havre15.8 
 9. Haynes, Chalon15.4 
 10. Bennett, Pau-La.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-F/C-77)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Massie, Limoges8.9 
 2. Issa, Gravelines8.8 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy8.8 
 4. Krupalija, Hyeres.8.8 
 5. Jones, Le Havre8.5 
 6. Elegar, Vichy8.2 
 7. Koffi, Le Mans7.6 
 8. Jefferson, AS.7.6 
 9. Falker, Cholet7.3 
 10. Hughes, Hyeres-T.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Rouen
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Reid, Vichy6.3 
 2. King, Le Havre6.2 
 3. Linehan, Nancy6.2 
 4. Wright, Limoges6.1 
 5. Woodside, Gravelines5.9 
 6. Diabate, Roanne5.2 
 7. Schilb, Chalon4.8 
 8. Sciarra, Pau-La.4.7 
 9. Walsh, AS.4.3 
 10. Tchicamboud, Cha.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Linehan, Nancy3.7 
 2. Diot, Le Mans2.5 
 3. Dobbins, Hyeres-T.2.4 
 4. Darden, Nancy2.2 
 5. Walsh, AS.2.1 
 6. Diabate, Roanne1.8 
 7. Elegar, Vichy1.8 
 8. Greer, Strasbourg1.7 
 9. Albicy, Paris-Le.1.7 
 10. Bennett, Pau-La.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cyril AKPOMEDAH
  Gravelines
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Akpomedah, Grave.1.8 
 2. Issa, Gravelines1.7 
 3. Sene, Gravelines1.5 
 4. Jefferson, AS.1.4 
 5. Akingbala, Nancy1.3 
 6. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 7. Pasco, Strasbourg1.3 
 8. Wilkinson, Le Havre1.2 
 9. Koffi, Le Mans1.2 
 10. Badiane, Poitiera.1.1 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Moses SONKO
  Maurienne
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Sonko, Maurienne18.9 
 2. Harris, Lille18.5 
 3. Siggers, Rouen18.5 
 4. Carter, Nanterre17.8 
 5. Gay, Fos Ouest17.1 
 6. Davis, Le Portel15.7 
 7. Watson, Evreux15.6 
 8. Milbourne, Boulogne15.5 
 9. Labeyrie, Le Portel15.5 
 10. Rouse, Charleville15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 James MATHIS
  Maurienne
  (199-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Mathis, Maurienne10.4 
 2. Barber, Nantes10.4 
 3. Daniels, Chalons-.10.2 
 4. Monds, Bourg8.7 
 5. Bing, Dijon8.6 
 6. Giles, Rouen8.3 
 7. Monroe, Boulogne8.3 
 8. Rouse, Charleville8.3 
 9. Massot, Antibes7.5 
 10. Badiane, Boulazac7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Philippe DA SILVA
  Evreux
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Da Silva, Evreux8.2 
 2. Rowland, Le Portel6.4 
 3. Downey, Nantes5.8 
 4. Patiejunas, Boulo.5.5 
 5. Williams, Le Portel5.0 
 6. Taylor, Rouen5.0 
 7. Denave, St Vallier5.0 
 8. Craven, Dijon4.9 
 9. Mullins, Chalons-.4.7 
 10. Akono, Nanterre4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kyle SHILOH
  St Vallier
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Shiloh, St Vallier2.6 
 2. Doyne, Charleville2.6 
 3. Daniels, Chalons-.2.5 
 4. Riley, Nanterre2.4 
 5. Patiejunas, Boulo.2.3 
 6. Sonko, Maurienne2.3 
 7. Craven, Dijon2.3 
 8. Mathis, Maurienne2.1 
 9. Hachad, Fos Ouest2.1 
 10. Mullins, Chalons-.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest2.0 
 2. Jefferson, Quimper1.5 
 3. Barber, Nantes1.0 
 4. Adjiwanou, Boula.0.9 
 5. N''Diaye, Clermont0.9 
 6. Daniels, Nanterre0.9 
 7. Monds, Bourg0.9 
 8. Taccoen, Lille0.9 
 9. Diakite, Chalons-.0.8 
 10. Davis, Evreux0.7 


ProA Round 20: Chalon/Saor loses #1 position - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Round 20 in ProA means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Toulon where host Hyeres-Toulon (12-8) beat league's leader Chalon/Saor (14-6) 97-89 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chalon. Visitors trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 31-24 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 89-97 at the end of the game. Hyeres-Toulon made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Hyeres-Toulon had a 23-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Hyeres-Toulon especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American power forward Rick Hughes (204-73, college: Thomas More, agency: Interperformances) who scored 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Bosnian power forward Damir Krupalija (205-79, college: Illinois) chipped in 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Naturalized Bulgarian forward Ilian Evtimov (201-83, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Interperformances) produced 30 points for the guests. Hyeres-Toulon maintains sixth position with 12-8 record. Chalon/Saor at the other side dropped to the second place with six games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. They were replaced at the leadership position by Cholet. Chalon/Saor will play next round against Paris-Levallois trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Hyeres-Toulon will try to continue on its current victory against twelfth ranked Strasbourg IG on the road.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Cholet as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Cholet smashed 8th ranked Le Mans at home 85-63. Dominican guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Randal Falker contributed with 6 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Cholet's coach Erman Kunter felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Brazilian power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga) replied with 25 points and 5 rebounds for Le Mans. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Le Mans at the other side keeps the eighth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Le Mans will play next round against Limoges CSP Elite trying to get back on the winning streak. Cholet will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Chorale de Roanne on the road.
Bottom-ranked JA Vichy managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the three-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they won against fourteenth-ranked Poitiers 92-74. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 18-point difference suggests that JA Vichy is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. Worth to mention a great performance of Antoine Eito who helped to win the game recording 9 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists. Kenny Younger responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Poitiers' coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. JA Vichy (5-15) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Limoges. Loser Poitiers keeps the fourteenth position with 13 games lost. JA Vichy will meet higher ranked ASVEL (#7) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Poitiers will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Ninth-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (9-11) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Sluc Nancy (14-6). Sluc Nancy managed to secure only three-point victory 72-69. However their fans expected much easier game. The winners were led by Tremmell Darden who scored that evening 20 points and 7 rebounds. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Didier Dobbels tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sluc Nancy moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Pau-Lacq-Orthez dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. Sluc Nancy's next round opponent will be STB Le Havre (#11) on the road and are hoping to win another game.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Orleans, where higher ranked ASVEL (10-10) lost to thirteenth ranked Entente Orleans 45 (8-12) in a road game 59-76 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ASVEL. The best player for the winners was Eric Campbell who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Entente Orleans 45's coach Philippe Herve used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Entente Orleans 45 moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser ASVEL keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Entente Orleans 45 will face Poitiers (#14) on the road in the next round.

Rest of the games of round 20 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Roanne defeated Limoges in a road game 94-77. Paris-Levallois beat Strasbourg at home 93-85. Le Havre was destroyed by Gravelines on the opponent's court 94-74.
The best stats of 20th round was 30 points and 5 rebounds by Pape-Philippe Amagou of Roanne.


Vichy - Poitierarleys 92-74

Bottom-ranked JA Vichy managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the three-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they won against fourteenth-ranked Poitiers 92-74. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 18-point difference suggests that JA Vichy is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The game was mostly controlled by JA Vichy. Poitiers managed to win second period 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. JA Vichy looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Antoine Eito (186-88) who helped to win the game recording 9 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists and U.S. Virgin Isl. Center Frank Elegar (206-86, college: Drexel) who added 17 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four JA Vichy players scored in double figures. American forward Kenny Younger (203-77, college: Houston, agency: Warren Sports International) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Evan Fournier (198-92) scored 14 points. Poitiers' coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. JA Vichy (5-15) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Limoges. Loser Poitiers keeps the fourteenth position with 13 games lost. JA Vichy will meet higher ranked ASVEL (#7) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Poitiers will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Vichy: J.Shuler 20+2reb+3ast, D.Nichols 18+3reb+4ast, F.Elegar 17+10reb, T.Larrouquis 15+8reb+3ast, R.Gaines 10+1reb+2ast, A.Eito 9+9reb+10ast
Poitierarleys: K.Younger 17+10reb+1ast, E.Fournier 14+2reb+2ast, C.Ona-Embo 10+2reb+2ast, P.Guillard 8+6reb+2ast, C.Gomez 7+2reb, T.Gunn 6+1reb
gschID: 100247


Limoges - Roanne 77-94

There was no surprise when 15th ranked Limoges CSP Elite (5-15) was defeated at home by third ranked Chorale de Roanne (14-6) 94-77 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Chorale de Roanne. Limoges CSP Elite was better in third quarter 28-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chorale de Roanne looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was naturalized Ivorian guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-85) who scored 30 points and 5 rebounds. Naturalized Ivorian guard Souleyman Diabate (180-87) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 7 rebounds, 12 assists and 5 steals. Five Chorale de Roanne players scored in double figures. Forward Raphael Desroses (199-80) produced 18 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Ronnie Taylor (188-81, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Court Side) added 15 points and 10 assists respectively for the hosts. Limoges CSP Elite's coach let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Chorale de Roanne moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Limoges CSP Elite lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth position with 15 games lost. Chorale de Roanne will face league's leader Cholet at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Limoges CSP Elite will play against Le Mans (#8).
Top scorers:
Roanne: P.Amagou 30+5reb+2ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 18+5reb+2ast, R.Davis 12+4reb+3ast, A.Dunn 12+11reb, S.Diabate 10+7reb+12ast, J.Mipoka 5+2reb+4ast
Limoges: R.Desroses 18+7reb+1ast, R.Hite 16+5reb, R.Taylor 15+10ast, A.Salmon 8+1ast, C.Massie 8+7reb, C.Banks 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 100248


Paris-Levallois - Strasbourg 93-85

There was a small surprise when thirteenth ranked Paris-Levallois (8-12) defeated at home 10th ranked Strasbourg IG (8-12) 93-85 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-85. Paris-Levallois made 16-of-17 free shots (94.1 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-82, college: Bradley, agency: Lanshire Group) who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import guard Eric Chatfield (191-79, college: N.Mexico) chipped in 20 points. American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) produced 16 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists and American power forward Pervis Pasco (206-81, college: Kansas St.) added 14 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Paris-Levallois moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Strasbourg IG. Paris-Levallois will face higher ranked Chalon/Saor (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: E.Chatfield 20+3ast, M.Sommerville 17+7reb+2ast, A.Albicy 15+3reb+4ast, J.Ball 13+1reb+5ast, L.Hamilton 13+7reb+2ast, M.Morandais 9+3reb+2ast
Strasbourg: R.Greer 16+7reb+8ast, P.Pasco 14+5reb+3ast, S.Essart 13+2reb+5ast, A.Digbeu 12+2reb+1ast, J.McCord 12+4reb, J.Hawkins 8+2reb+3ast
gschID: 100249


Hyeres-Toulon - Chalon 97-89

Round 20 in ProA means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Toulon where host Hyeres-Toulon (12-8) beat league's leader Chalon/Saor (14-6) 97-89 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chalon/Saor. Chalon/Saor trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 31-24 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 89-97 at the end of the game. Hyeres-Toulon made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Hyeres-Toulon had a 23-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Hyeres-Toulon especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American power forward Rick Hughes (204-73, college: Thomas More, agency: Interperformances) who scored 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Bosnian power forward Damir Krupalija (205-79, college: Illinois) chipped in 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Hyeres-Toulon players scored in double figures. Naturalized Bulgarian forward Ilian Evtimov (201-83, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Interperformances) produced 30 points and American guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington) added 18 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Hyeres-Toulon maintains sixth position with 12-8 record. Chalon/Saor at the other side dropped to the second place with six games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. They were replaced at the leadership position by Cholet. Chalon/Saor will play next round against Paris-Levallois trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Hyeres-Toulon will try to continue on its current victory against twelfth ranked Strasbourg IG on the road.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: R.Hughes 23+8reb+5ast, A.Dobbins 15+5reb+1ast, N.Boungou Colo 15+6reb+2ast, S.Fein 13+2reb, K.Houston 10+4reb+6ast, D.Krupalija 10+7reb+6ast
Chalon: I.Evtimov 30+1reb+1ast, M.Haynes 18+1reb+4ast, A.Aminu 10+10reb, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 9+5reb, B.Schilb 8+4reb+7ast, S.Tchicamboud 6+3ast
gschID: 100243


Gravelines - Le Havre 94-74

Very expected game when 11th ranked STB Le Havre (8-12) was rolled over on the road by fifth ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (14-6) 94-74 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Gravelines-Dunkerque. STB Le Havre was better in fourth quarter 25-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American guard Ben Woodside (180-85, college: N.Dakota St., agency: Priority Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 assists. The former international guard Yannick Bokolo (191-85) chipped in 12 points. Four Gravelines-Dunkerque players scored in double figures. Naturalized American swingman Nicholas Pope (196-84, college: Oklahoma Baptist) produced 18 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and the former international guard Yohann Sangare (193-83) added 14 points and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Gravelines-Dunkerque have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser STB Le Havre dropped to the tenth position with 12 games lost. Gravelines-Dunkerque will face Sluc Nancy (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. STB Le Havre will play against Sluc Nancy (#3).
Top scorers:
Gravelines: B.Woodside 18+3reb+10ast, J.Johnson 12+3reb+1ast, Y.Bokolo 12+3reb+3ast, C.Akpomedah 11+5reb+1ast, M.Sene 9+6reb, D.Issa 9+6reb+1ast
Le Havre: N.Pope 18+5reb+1ast, Y.Sangare 14+2reb+5ast, J.Jones 13+7reb, W.Wilkinson 8+4reb, O.Camara 7+1reb, N.Fox 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 100244


Cholet - Le Mans 85-63

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Cholet as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Cholet smashed 8th ranked Le Mans at home 85-63. The game without a history. Cholet led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Cholet outrebounded Le Mans 38-22 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Dominican guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Randal Falker (201-85, college: S.Illinois) contributed with 6 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Cholet's coach Erman Kunter felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Brazilian power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga) replied with 25 points and 5 rebounds and international forward Charles Lombahe-Kahudi (197-86) added 13 points in the effort for Le Mans. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Le Mans at the other side keeps the eighth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Le Mans will play next round against Limoges CSP Elite trying to get back on the winning streak. Cholet will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Chorale de Roanne on the road.
Top scorers:
Cholet: S.Mejia 25+6reb+4ast, V.Avdalovic 12+1reb+5ast, C.Leonard 12+3reb+1ast, D.Nelson 10+2reb, M.Diarra 9+2reb+1ast, R.Falker 6+12reb+2ast
Le Mans: J.Paulo Batista 25+5reb, C.Lombahe-Kahudi 13+2reb+1ast, A.Diot 6+2reb+2ast, T.Rupert 6+2reb, B.Bowman 6+1reb+1ast, B.Dewar 5+2reb
gschID: 100245


Nancy - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 72-69

Ninth-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (9-11) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Sluc Nancy (14-6). Sluc Nancy managed to secure only three-point victory 72-69. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-12. But Pau-Lacq-Orthez won second period 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by Pau-Lacq-Orthez helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by American swingman Tremmell Darden (194-81, college: Niagara) who scored that evening 20 points and 7 rebounds and Nigerian forward Akinlolu Akingbala (208-83, college: Clemson) supported him with 12 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks. Four Sluc Nancy players scored in double figures. Even 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists by guard Teddy Gipson (193-80, college: Arkansas) did not help to save the game for Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Croatian guard Slaven Rimac (195-74) added 12 points for the guests. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Didier Dobbels tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sluc Nancy moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Pau-Lacq-Orthez dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. Sluc Nancy's next round opponent will be STB Le Havre (#11) on the road and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Nancy: T.Darden 20+7reb+2ast, A.Akingbala 12+14reb, W.Deane 12+2reb+8ast, K.Grant 11+3ast, M.Badiane 8+6reb, V.Samnick 7+5reb+3ast
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: T.Gipson 15+6reb+5ast, S.Rimac 12+4reb+2ast, A.Mendy 12+2reb, M.Maravic 8+2reb+3ast, G.Joseph 7+8reb+1ast, D.Bennett 5+4reb+4ast
gschID: 100246


Orleans - ASVEL 76-59

We should mention about the upset which took place in Orleans, where higher ranked ASVEL (10-10) lost to thirteenth ranked Entente Orleans 45 (8-12) in a road game 59-76 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ASVEL. The game was mostly controlled by Entente Orleans 45. ASVEL was better in fourth quarter 21-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Entente Orleans 45 forced 20 ASVEL turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward Eric Campbell (199-76, college: Spring Hill, agency: SportsTalent) who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Naturalized Mali forward Amara Sy (202-81) chipped in 12 points. Entente Orleans 45's coach Philippe Herve used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. British forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-83, college: George Washington, agency: SportsTalent) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds and American swingman Matt Walsh (197-82, college: Florida) added 13 points and 7 assists respectively for the guests. Entente Orleans 45 moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser ASVEL keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Entente Orleans 45 will face Poitiers (#14) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Orleans: E.Campbell 21+7reb+1ast, A.Sy 12+2reb+3ast, L.Vaty 10+4reb+1ast, J.Reynolds 8+1reb+4ast, A.Curti 6+3reb+3ast, M.NDoye 5+2reb+1ast
ASVEL: M.Walsh 13+4reb+7ast, C.Hammonds 12+4reb+1ast, P.Mensah-Bonsu 11+12reb+1ast, M.Gelabale 9+3reb, D.Jefferson 7+6reb+3ast, K.Tillie 5+1ast
gschID: 100242




ProB Round 24: Leader SPO Rouen loses to Aix-Maurienne - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked SPO Rouen (17-7) recorded its seventh loss in Aix-les-Bains on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by eighth ranked Aix-Maurienne (14-10) 76-64. SPO Rouen was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. They outrebounded SPO Rouen 40-27 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Gambian forward Moses Sonko (196-F-83, college: Co.Carolina) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. American power forward James Mathis (199-84, college: Niagara, agency: Court Side) chipped in 10 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Aix-Maurienne's coach Guillaume Quintard used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Darnell Williams (200-78, college: San Jose St., agency: David Lee services) who recorded 8 points and 5 assists. Aix-Maurienne moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Dijon and Chalons-Reims. SPO Rouen at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. They share it with Nanterre. Aix-Maurienne is looking forward to face Olympique Antibes (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SPO Rouen will play against Lille Metropole (#12) and is hoping to win this game.
Fifteenth-ranked Saint Vallier (9-15) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Le Portel (15-9). The visitors from Le Portel managed to secure only two-point victory 86-84. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Saint Vallier. It was a good game for American swingman Chris Davis (196-80, college: N.Texas, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Austen Rowland contributed with 13 points and 8 assists for the winners. Cameroonian power forward Brice Vounang (202-82, college: San Diego) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for Saint Vallier. Le Portel have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Fos Ouest and Evreux. Saint Vallier at the other side keeps the fifteenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Quimper. Le Portel will play against ALM Evreux (#4) at home in the next round. Saint Vallier will play against Fos Ouest (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Boulazac between Fos Ouest and Boulazac Basket. Sixth ranked Fos Ouest (15-9) got a very close victory on the road over 9th ranked Boulazac Basket (13-11). Fos Ouest managed to escape with a 2-point win 88-86 on Saturday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Lee Cummard who helped to win the game recording 28 points. The best for the losing side was Ben Jacobson with 19 points and 9 assists. Fos Ouest moved-up to third place, which they share with Le Portel and Evreux. Boulazac Basket lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 11 games lost. Fos Ouest will meet at home Saint Vallier (#15) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Boulazac Basket will play against JDA Dijon (#6) and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Nantes, where higher ranked JDA Dijon (14-10) lost to fifteenth ranked Nantes (10-14) in a road game 71-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of JDA Dijon. The winners were led by Korvotney Barber who had that evening a double-double by scoring 28 points and 14 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). JDA Dijon's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Nantes moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Lille and Antibes. JDA Dijon at the other side dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. Nantes' next round opponent will be Quimper UJAP (#16) on the road.
An interesting game took place in Lille, where higher ranked Lille Metropole (10-14) lost at home to seventeenth ranked Stade Clermont (6-18) 68-73 on Friday. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Dreke Bouldin who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Lille Metropole's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Stade Clermont maintains seventeenth position with 6-18 record. Loser Lille Metropole dropped to the twelfth place with 14 games lost. Stade Clermont will face higher ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (#11) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

Rest of the games of round 24 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Antibes was defeated by Nanterre in a road game 76-70. Evreux beat Charleville at home 80-67. Quimper lost to Boulogne on the opponent's court 66-80. Bourg managed to outperform Chalons-Reims in a home game 81-75.


Nantes - Dijon 81-71

We should mention about the upset which took place in Nantes, where higher ranked JDA Dijon (14-10) lost to fifteenth ranked Nantes (10-14) in a road game 71-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of JDA Dijon. It looked good early as JDA Dijon took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Nantes had a 21-19 second period charge getting the lead and JDA Dijon was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 71-81. Nantes made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded JDA Dijon 40-25 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by American forward Korvotney Barber (201-87, college: Auburn, agency: Pro One Sports) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 28 points and 14 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) and the other American import guard Taron Downey (186-83, college: Wake Forest) supported him with 14 points and 8 assists. Five Nantes players scored in double figures. Even 16 points and 5 rebounds by forward Jeremy Leloup (202-87) did not help to save the game for JDA Dijon. Guard David Melody (184-77) added 9 points and 6 assists. JDA Dijon's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Nantes moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Lille and Antibes. JDA Dijon at the other side dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. Nantes' next round opponent will be Quimper UJAP (#16) on the road.
Top scorers:
Nantes: K.Barber 28+14reb+1ast, N.Gayon 14+3reb+3ast, T.Downey 14+2reb+8ast, A.Charles 11+7reb, J.James 10+5reb+2ast, A.Cel 4+6reb+3ast
Dijon: J.Leloup 16+5reb, E.Craven 13+1reb+2ast, D.Melody 9+3reb+6ast, S.Dia 8+7reb+1ast, F.Prenom 7+2reb+1ast, A.Christophe 6
gschID: 100540


St Vallier - Le Portel 84-86

Fifteenth-ranked Saint Vallier (9-15) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Le Portel (15-9). The visitors from Le Portel managed to secure only two-point victory 86-84. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Saint Vallier. Saint Vallier was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 45-39 second half run of Le Portel. They made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American swingman Chris Davis (196-80, college: N.Texas, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 5 rebounds. The other American import guard Austen Rowland (186-81, college: Lehigh, agency: Court Side) contributed with 13 points and 8 assists for the winners. Five Le Portel players scored in double figures. Cameroonian power forward Brice Vounang (202-82, college: San Diego) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and power forward Charles-Henri Bronchard (200-82, agency: Court Side) added 17 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Saint Vallier. Le Portel have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Fos Ouest and Evreux. Saint Vallier at the other side keeps the fifteenth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Quimper. Le Portel will play against ALM Evreux (#4) at home in the next round. Saint Vallier will play against Fos Ouest (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Le Portel: C.Davis 25+5reb+1ast, M.Labeyrie 16+4reb+2ast, A.Rowland 13+3reb+8ast, F.N'Kembe 12+1reb+4ast, N.Wyatte 10+5reb+2ast, J.Ludon 6+7reb+1ast
St Vallier: C.Bronchard 17+6reb+2ast, B.Vounang 17+12reb+2ast, K.Shiloh 15+2ast, K.Bichard 9+2reb, M.Tensorer 8+3ast, D.Lyons 8+4ast
gschID: 100541


Nanterre - Antibes 76-70

There was no surprise when 12th ranked Olympique Antibes (10-14) was defeated on the road by second ranked JSF Nanterre (17-7) 76-70 on Saturday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Olympique Antibes was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 26-17 charge of JSF Nanterre, which allowed them to win the game. JSF Nanterre outrebounded Olympique Antibes 40-25 including 33 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American power forward Nate Carter (199-83, college: Oklahoma) who scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. The other American import forward William Daniels (203-86, college: Rhode Island) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Four JSF Nanterre players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Justin Ingram (185-85, college: Toledo) who recorded 12 points and 8 assists and Belgian power forward Sacha Massot (204-83, agency: LBM Management) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively. JSF Nanterre used an opportunity after Rouen lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Loser Olympique Antibes keeps the twelfth place with 14 games lost. JSF Nanterre will face Chalons-Reims (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Olympique Antibes will play against Aix-Maurienne (#8) in Aix-les-Bains.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: N.Carter 20+8reb+1ast, X.Corosine 15+2reb+5ast, W.Daniels 12+10reb+1ast, L.Akono 10+8reb+1ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 10+3reb+1ast, M.Riley 5+6reb+4ast
Antibes: S.Massot 14+7reb+2ast, D.Ramseyer 13+5reb+1ast, J.Ingram 12+4reb+8ast, L.Bengaber 9+3reb, M.Bojovic 8+3reb+1ast, L.Sambe 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 100537


Evreux - Charleville 80-67

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked ALM Evreux (15-9) defeated at home bottom-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (4-20) 80-67 on Friday. Charleville-Mezieres was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 9-point lead after three quarters before a 29-7 charge of ALM Evreux, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Charleville-Mezieres to just 7 points in fourth quarter. ALM Evreux looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was naturalized Portuguese guard Philippe Da Silva (192-79) who had a triple-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. American guard Calvin Watson (196-85, college: N.Texas, agency: Court Side) chipped in 22 points. ALM Evreux's coach Remy Valin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Corey Rouse (203-84, college: E.Carolina, agency: Court Side) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Jonathan McClark (200-77, college: Rider) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. ALM Evreux moved-up to third place, which they share with Fos Ouest and Le Portel. Loser Charleville-Mezieres stay dead last with 20 lost games. ALM Evreux will face Le Portel (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Charleville-Mezieres will play against JL Bourg (#10).
Top scorers:
Evreux: C.Watson 22+4reb+1ast, L.Chelle 18+3reb+4ast, T.Maizeroi 13+6reb+3ast, P.Da Silva 11+10reb+10ast, M.Correa 8+3reb+1ast, D.Davis 4+1reb+2ast
Charleville: T.Peterson 17+2reb, C.Rouse 16+11reb+3ast, J.McClark 14+7reb, K.Morlende 10+3reb+3ast, D.Kaba 7+6reb+2ast, N.Boundy 3+2reb
gschID: 100538


Boulazac - Fos Ouest 86-88

A very close game took place in Boulazac between Fos Ouest and Boulazac Basket. Sixth ranked Fos Ouest (15-9) got a very close victory on the road over 9th ranked Boulazac Basket (13-11). Fos Ouest managed to escape with a 2-point win 88-86 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 26-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Fos Ouest forced 25 Boulazac Basket turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Lee Cummard (201-85, college: BYU) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and naturalized Senegalese forward Mamadou Dia (202-78) who added 21 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Ben Jacobson (188-83, college: N.Iowa) with 19 points and 9 assists and forward Yannick Gaillou (198-79) scored 16 points. Four Boulazac Basket players scored in double figures. Fos Ouest moved-up to third place, which they share with Le Portel and Evreux. Boulazac Basket lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 11 games lost. Fos Ouest will meet at home Saint Vallier (#15) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Boulazac Basket will play against JDA Dijon (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Fos Ouest: L.Cummard 28+2reb+2ast, M.Dia 21+3reb+2ast, M.Hachad 11+4reb+2ast, K.Atamna 9+2reb+5ast, P.Haquet 8+3reb+4ast, L.Labeyrie 6+3reb
Boulazac: B.Jacobson 19+4reb+9ast, Y.Gaillou 16+4reb+2ast, I.Soumahoro 14+2reb+1ast, T.Dubiez 12+4ast, A.McKenzie 11+7reb+2ast, M.Badiane 9+8reb
gschID: 100539


Maurienne - Rouen 76-64

Top ranked SPO Rouen (17-7) recorded its seventh loss in Aix-les-Bains on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by eighth ranked Aix-Maurienne (14-10) 76-64. SPO Rouen was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. They outrebounded SPO Rouen 40-27 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Gambian forward Moses Sonko (196-83, college: Co.Carolina) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. American power forward James Mathis (199-84, college: Niagara, agency: Court Side) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Aix-Maurienne players scored in double figures. Aix-Maurienne's coach Guillaume Quintard used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Darnell Williams (200-78, college: San Jose St., agency: David Lee services) who recorded 8 points and 5 assists and his fellow American import guard Jason Siggers (187-85, college: Albany) added 16 points and 4 steals respectively. Aix-Maurienne moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Dijon and Chalons-Reims. SPO Rouen at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. They share it with Nanterre. Aix-Maurienne is looking forward to face Olympique Antibes (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SPO Rouen will play against Lille Metropole (#12) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Maurienne: M.Sonko 22+10reb+2ast, C.Dunn 13+4reb+4ast, S.Darnauzan 12+3reb+4ast, J.Mathis 10+10reb+6ast, E.Joldersma 7+5reb, J.Ekanga-Ehawa 5+1reb
Rouen: J.Siggers 16+1reb, P.Poupet 12+3ast, C.Thioune 11+5reb, D.Williams 8+4reb+5ast, W.Soliman 6+6reb, K.Reid 5+3reb
gschID: 100534


Lille - Clermont 68-73

An interesting game took place in Lille, where higher ranked Lille Metropole (10-14) lost at home to seventeenth ranked Stade Clermont (6-18) 68-73 on Friday. Lille Metropole was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 18-12 charge of Stade Clermont, which allowed them to win the game. Stade Clermont had a 34-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was swingman Dreke Bouldin (202-80, college: Fresno St.) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Guard O'Darien Bassett (188-86, college: Troy) chipped in 11 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Stade Clermont players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Andre Harris (201-85, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) who recorded 23 points and 7 rebounds and forward Sean Barnette (195-86, college: Wingate, agency: Warren Sports International) added 17 points respectively. Lille Metropole's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Stade Clermont maintains seventeenth position with 6-18 record. Loser Lille Metropole dropped to the twelfth place with 14 games lost. Stade Clermont will face higher ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (#11) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Clermont: D.Bouldin 22+10reb+2ast, S.Cisse 19+2reb, R.Wilson 11+6reb+2ast, O.Bassett 11+8reb+7ast, X.Delarue 8+2reb+4ast, P.Beye 2+6reb
Lille: A.Harris 23+7reb+1ast, S.Barnette 17+1reb+2ast, K.Bradley 9+1reb+4ast, N.Taccoen 5+10reb+1ast, R.Chery 4+1reb+1ast, A.Defoe 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 100535


Boulogne - Quimper 80-66

Very expected game when 16th ranked Quimper UJAP (9-15) was defeated on the road by eleventh ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (12-12) 80-66 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 30-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. SO Maritime Boulogne forced 24 Quimper UJAP turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward Landon Milbourne (201-87, college: Maryland) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds. The other American import guard Tony Stanley (192-77, college: Dayton) chipped in 22 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Canadian forward Jean-Richard Volcy (203-82, college: N.Michigan) who recorded 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Aurelien Toto N'Kote (194-79) added 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. SO Maritime Boulogne moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Bourg. Loser Quimper UJAP dropped to the fifteenth position with 15 games lost. SO Maritime Boulogne will face Stade Clermont (#17) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Quimper UJAP will play against Nantes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Boulogne: L.Milbourne 27+10reb+2ast, T.Stanley 22+3reb, L.Kante 10+3reb+1ast, F.Raposo Laurencio 5+13reb+1ast, K.Patiejunas 5+1reb+9ast, M.N'Diaye 5+1reb
Quimper: J.Volcy 21+6reb+4ast, A.Toto N'Kote 12+8reb+5ast, F.Thibedore 7+1ast, G.Lessort 7+5reb+1ast, M.Jefferson 6+8reb, V.Mouillard 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 100536


Bourg - Chalons-Reims 81-75

There was a surprise result when tenth ranked JL Bourg (12-12) beat at home higher ranked Chalons-Reims (14-10) 81-75 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-75. JL Bourg made 29-of-32 free shots (90.6 percent) during the game, while Chalons-Reims only scored nine points from the stripe. Chalons-Reims was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was naturalized Greek guard Angelo Tsagarakis (190-84) who scored 27 points and 4 assists. Forward Kevin Corre (203-85) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia, agency: Limelight Hoops) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and American-Irish guard Bryan Mullins (185-87, college: S.Illinois) added 14 points and 4 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. JL Bourg maintains tenth position with 12-12 record, which they share with Boulogne. Newly promoted Chalons-Reims dropped to the sixth place with ten games lost. JL Bourg will face bottom-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (#18) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Bourg: A.Tsagarakis 27+1reb+4ast, K.Corre 12+9reb, J.Delhomme 10+1reb, D.Monds 10+7reb+1ast, C.Ferchaud 10+2reb+1ast, D.Oliver 7+2reb+6ast
Chalons-Reims: C.Daniels 18+11reb+2ast, B.Mullins 14+3reb+4ast, D.Wilson 13+3reb+2ast, G.Chathuant 11+6reb+2ast, H.Jalce 6+8reb+1ast, N.Diakite 6+3reb
gschID: 100533




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  FYR MACEDONIA   


D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
Superleague
 1. Feni Indistrija 19-1 
 2. MZT Skopje 15-4 
 3. Rabotnicki 14-5 
 4. Torus Skopje 11-8 
 5. ABA Strumica 9-11 
 6. Lirija 7-12 
Play OUT
 1. Kumanovo 2009 8-11 
 2. Ovce Pole 6-13 
 3. Ultimate Basket 5-14 
 4. Pelister Bitola 2-17 


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Darko MATIC
  Kumanovo 2009
  (-C-84)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Matic, Kumanovo.22.9 
 2. Jovanovic, Ultima.20.3 
 3. Mirakovski, Rabot.17.1 
 4. Blazevski, Rabotnicki16.9 
 5. Petkovski, Pelist.16.8 
 6. Trajkovski, Torus S.16.6 
 7. Morban, Lirija16.5 
 8. Filipovic, Ovce Pole16.4 
 9. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.16.1 
 10. Nikolovski, MZT S.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gjorgje JOVANOVIC
  Ultimate Basket
  (209-C-80)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Jovanovic, Ultima.10.6 
 2. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.9.9 
 3. Pavlovski, Lirija9.5 
 4. Nikolovski, MZT S.8.6 
 5. Talevski, Pelist.8.1 
 6. Trajkovski, Torus S.7.8 
 7. Chappell, ABA S.7.7 
 8. Simic, Rabotnicki7.3 
 9. Knezevic, Feni I.7.2 
 10. Filipovic, Ovce Pole7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitar MIRAKOVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Mirakovski, Rabot.5.4 
 2. Morban, Lirija5.0 
 3. Kostovski, Torus S.4.9 
 4. Petrovski, MZT S.4.1 
 5. Blazevski, Rabotnicki3.9 
 6. Mladenovic, Ultima.3.7 
 7. Lazic, Ultimate.3.3 
 8. Samardziev, Feni I.3.1 
 9. Neal, ABA Strumica3.0 
 10. Sokolov, Feni I.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Gjorgi ANAKIEVSKI
  Pelister Bitola
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Anakievski, Pelist.2.5 
 2. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.5 
 3. Petrovski, MZT S.1.5 
 4. Morban, Lirija1.5 
 5. Blazevski, Rabotnicki1.4 
 6. Mladenovic, Ultima.1.4 
 7. Miljkovic, Torus S.1.3 
 8. Stimson, ABA S.1.3 
 9. Stojanovski, Feni I.1.3 
 10. Matic, Kumanovo.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Bojan TRAJKOVSKI
  Torus Skopje
  (206-C/F-88)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Trajkovski, Torus S.2.2 
 2. Chappell, ABA S.1.8 
 3. Krstevski, Torus S.1.2 
 4. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.1.1 
 5. Avramovski, MZT S.1.1 
 6. Petric, Kumanovo.1.1 
 7. Gocevski, Rabotnicki1.0 
 8. Frye, Feni Indistrija0.9 
 9. Simic, Rabotnicki0.9 
 10. Jovanovic, Ultima.0.6 


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  GERMANY   


Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 24-2 
 2. Dt.Bank SKY 19-6 
 3. ALBA 16-8 
 4. Art.Dragons 15-9 
 5. NY Phantoms 15-11 
 6. EWE Baskets 14-11 
 7. TBB Trier 14-11 
 8. Goettingen 13-11 
 9. Bremerhaven 13-12 
 10. Walter Tigers 13-12 
 11. EnBW L'burg 13-12 
 12. Telekom Baskets 12-12 
 13. Phoenix Hagen 11-15 
 14. ratiopharm 10-14 
 15. MBC 7-18 
 16. LTi 46ers 7-19 
 17. Bayreuth 5-19 
 18. Duesseldorf 3-22 


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. B.Muenchen 21-1 
 2. Wuerzburg 17-6 
 3. Chemnitz 16-7 
 4. Osnabrueck 14-8 
 5. Crailsheim 14-9 
 6. Kirchheim 13-9 
 7. Braves 12-9 
 8. Webmoebel 11-11 
 9. Karlsruhe 11-12 
 10. Heidelberg 9-12 
 11. Hannover 8-14 
 12. Jena 7-15 
 13. Cuxhaven 7-16 
 14. Freiburg 7-16 
 15. Dragons 6-17 
 16. ETB Wohnbau 6-17 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.Bank SKY
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Wood, Dt.18.6 
 2. Allen, ALBA16.5 
 3. Benzing, ratio.16.4 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons16.3 
 5. Bell, Phoenix Hagen15.9 
 6. Ross, MBC15.7 
 7. Harris, EnBW L.15.5 
 8. Martin, Bremerha.15.4 
 9. Dorris, Phoenix .15.2 
 10. Callahan, Bremerha.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm10.8 
 2. Ensminger, Teleko.8.5 
 3. Reiner, Bayreuth8.3 
 4. Watts, Walter T.7.7 
 5. Stevic, EWE B.7.2 
 6. Martin, Bremerha.7.1 
 7. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.1 
 8. Peacock, LTi 46ers6.6 
 9. Pleiss, Brose B.6.5 
 10. Burtschi, Phoenix .6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter Tigers
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Ratkovica, Walter T.7.9 
 2. Wood, Dt.5.7 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.4 
 4. Rice, Art.Dragons5.0 
 5. Jordan, MBC4.3 
 6. Green, EnBW L.4.2 
 7. Gamqrelidze, LTi 4.1 
 8. Campbell, EWE B.4.1 
 9. Hamilton, NY Phant.4.0 
 10. Copeland, Bremerha.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. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.6 
 4. Pryor, Phoenix .1.6 
 5. Burtschi, Phoenix .1.6 
 6. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.5 
 7. Dorris, Phoenix .1.5 
 8. Wood, Dt.1.5 
 9. Wise, Telekom .1.4 
 10. Campbell, Teleko.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekene IBEKWE
  Bayreuth
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.1.9 
 3. Buechert, Phoenix .1.6 
 4. Bryant, ratiopharm1.5 
 5. Seward, Phoenix .1.3 
 6. Brempong, Duesseld.1.2 
 7. Scott, Goettingen1.1 
 8. Goree, NY Phantoms1.1 
 9. Hines, Brose B.1.0 
 10. Boumtje, Art.Drag.1.0 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel21.8 
 2. Shepherd, Osnab.20.2 
 3. Brooks, Kirchheim18.6 
 4. Roessler, Karlsruhe18.5 
 5. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau18.1 
 6. Watts, Dragons18.0 
 7. Gause, Freiburg17.7 
 8. Wallace, B.Mue.17.0 
 9. Gray, Crailsheim17.0 
 10. Samarco, Webmoebel16.9 
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, Karlsruhe8.8 
 5. Watts, Dragons8.7 
 6. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau8.6 
 7. Schoo, Heidelberg8.2 
 8. De Michael, Kirchheim8.0 
 9. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.7.8 
 10. Shaw, Chemnitz7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Kameron GRAY
  Crailsheim
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Gray, Crailsheim6.0 
 2. Brooks, Kirchheim5.9 
 3. Zazai, Chemnitz5.7 
 4. Cook, Cuxhaven5.4 
 5. Jeka, Wuerzburg4.8 
 6. Johnson, Webmoebel4.7 
 7. Burnette, Osnab.4.5 
 8. Larsen, Dragons4.4 
 9. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.4 
 10. Lowery, Braves4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel3.1 
 2. Gause, Freiburg3.0 
 3. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau2.3 
 4. Brooks, Kirchheim2.1 
 5. Johnson, Chemnitz2.1 
 6. Zazai, Chemnitz2.0 
 7. Burns, Webmoebel1.9 
 8. Gray, Crailsheim1.8 
 9. Shaw, Chemnitz1.8 
 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. Yearby, Cuxhaven1.4 
 6. Fleetwood, Osnab.1.3 
 7. Shaw, Cuxhaven1.3 
 8. Hill, Jena1.2 
 9. Henry, Hannover1.2 
 10. De Michael, Kirchheim1.2 


Quentin Pryor (Phoenix Hagen) You Cant Think About Ibekwe Blocking Shots Because It Will Make You Change The Way You Attack The Basket - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.) is a 27 year old 193cm shooting guard/small forward from Eupora, Mississippi and is playing his second season with Phoenix Hagen. He started his college basketball career at Jackson State, before finishing at Morehead State from 2005-2007. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging11.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.3%, 3Pts: 36.8%, FT: 71.7%. In 2007, he started his professional basketball career in Germany with FC Schalke 04 playing 29 games and averaging 15.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.2apg, Steals-1 (2.5spg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 37.4%, FT: 75.2%. In 2008-2009 for Phoenix Hagen, he played 30 games averaging 14.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.0apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 60.5%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 75.2. He spoke to eurobasket after the loss in Goettingen. Last season, he played 33 games: 8.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.9%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 72.9%. He spoke eurobasket before the game against BBC Bayreuth March 5th.

How well has Phoenix Hagen digested the 100-92 loss against EnBW Ludwigsburg? What was the most important thing the club learned from the loss?


I'm sure its still on a lot of our minds but we have to move on now. We can't just depend on scoring to win ballgames. There are points were we have to get stops.

Its natural that you want to win every game but there are 9 games left. How many games do you still think you need to win to get into the playoffs? I see Phoenix Hagen being able to win at least 5 games.

I think 7 or 8 wins will get us in. We will get more than 5!!!

The next game is against BBC Bayreuth. They have had a lot of misfortune this season. Are they possibily the most talented 17th place team ever in the BEKO BBL?


They have the talent to be better than a 17th place team. I can't really answer that one because I've only been in the league a couple years.

What is your memory of the 99-96 loss earlier in the season?

It was back and forth game in the fourth and then in the final minutes a couple calls went against us that hurt us in the end.

You will be playing your first game against Ekene Ibekwe. How challenging will it be playing against him and I am sure you will have to be aware of his every move under the hoop since he is an adept shoot blocker.

You can't think about him blocking shots because it will make you change the way you attack the basket.

There were many players waived at the NBA trade deadline. What waving surprised you the most?

I didn't think Corey Brewer would leave New York but he did. I think they needed him for depth.

Were you surprised that The Miami Heat waived Carlos Arroyo? He started 42 games, but in the last months had got less playing time. Does this show how unpredictable the NBA can be when decsions have to be made?

I knew when Bibby got his buyout from the Wizards that it would be Arroyo. He hasn't gotten the time lately since Chalmers has returned. Its a business anything can happen.

Where will the trip of Charlie Sheen end. he seems out of control. he is living with two porn stars and his two kids from a pervious marriage. How bizarre is that?

Cocaine is a hell of a drug!!! He is out there. Someone needs to help him.

Thanks Quentin for the chat.



Kevin Hamilton (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) Pregame Thoughts To Artland Dragons Game March 5th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross) is a 26 year old 193cm guard from Queens Village, New York. This season, he is playing for The New York Phantoms Braunschweig. He played at Holy Cross from 2002-2006 and played together with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 17.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg, 3.3spg, FG: 38.1%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 77.7%. In his rookie season 2006-2007, he came to Europe and played in Poland for Polpak Swiecie playing 19 games and averaging 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), 2FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 64.2%. In 2007-2008, he played in France for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB) playing 2 games and averaging 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg. He also had a short tenure in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. In 2008-2009, he returned back to Poland to play for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg playing 32 games averaging 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.4apg), Steals-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 66.5%. He was not lazy in the last three summers staying in game shape and playing in Puerto Rico playing 90 games. In tue summer of 2009, he played for Indios de Mayaguez playing 35 games and averaging 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg, Assists-3 (6.3apg), Steals-2 (1.7spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 70.6%. His father was a draft pick of The Boston Celtics in 1980. Last season, he played his first season in Braunschweig playing 39 games: 10.1ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), Steals-2 (1.9spg), FGP: 63.7%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 77.6%. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against The Artland Dragons March 5th.

What was the most important thing that the team learned from the 102-80 win in Bremerhaven?

I think that if we play together we can be a pretty good team.


The next game is against the Artland Dragons who is one of the teams in the BEKO BBL top 4. Do you await a pre TOP 4 atmosphere in Artland on the weekend? These two teams could meet in the finals if they upset Frankfurt and bamberg.

Their gym is usually pretty loud anyway so I expect it to be a pretty intense game.

What has been your impression of The Artland Dragons this season?

They are a real tough team that play together and really have a sense of their roles on the court. They are one of the best teams in the league.

What is your memory of the bitter 76-53 loss against Artland earlier in the season?

I remember playing horrible.

You are one of the best defenders in the BEKO BBL, but what one thing would you love to inherit from the defensive game of Bryan Bailey?

He plays real aggressive defense.

Artland can shell shock any team with their offense. What will be key in winning besides a consistent defense for 40minutes?

Keeping their guards out of transition and just contesting shots.

There were many players waived at the NBA trade deadline. What waving surprised you the most?

Carlos Arroyo

Were you surprised that The Miami Heat waived Carlos Arroyo? He started 42 games, but in the last months had got less playing time. Does this show how unpredictable the NBA can be when decsions have to be made?

Yup.

Where will the trip of Charlie Sheen end. he seems out of control. he is living with two porn stars and his two kids from a pervious marriage. How bizarre is that?

Its pretty Bizarre, but he has the right to live the way he chooses.

Thanks Kev for the chat.



1.Bundesliga Round 25: Leader Brose Baskets lose to BG Goettingen - by Eurobasket News
Top ranked Brose Baskets (24-2) recorded its second loss on the court of tenth ranked BG Goettingen on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by BG Goettingen 82-69. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Brose Baskets. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 43-24 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. BG Goettingen dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Brose Baskets' 28 and made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Brose Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Louis Dale (180-88, college: Cornell) fired 20 points and 5 assists for the winners. His fellow American import power forward Jason Boone (198-85, college: New York U.) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. BG Goettingen's coach John Patrick used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian forward Predrag Suput (200-77, agency: Beo Basket) produced 26 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. BG Goettingen have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place. Defending champion Brose Baskets still keep top position with two games lost. BG Goettingen are looking forward to face league's second-placed Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Frankfurt in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Brose Baskets will play at home against Walter Tigers in Tuebingen and are hoping to win this game.
The game in Quakenbrueck was also worth to mention about. 4th placed New Yorker Phantoms (15-11) played at the court of fifth ranked Artland Dragons (15-9). Artland Dragons defeated New Yorker Phantoms 91-75. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 9 assists. Bryan Bailey contributed with 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. Artland Dragons' coach Stefan Koch allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American swingman Brandon Thomas (198-84, college: Massachusetts) answered with 21 points for New Yorker Phantoms. Artland Dragons moved-up to fourth place. New Yorker Phantoms at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost. Artland Dragons will play against BBC Bayreuth (#17) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. New Yorker Phantoms will have a break next round.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Giessen. Local LTi 46ers (7-19) were outscored by second ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (19-6) 81-62 on Saturday night. DaShaun Wood stepped up and scored 28 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Deutsche Bank Skyliners' coach Gordon Herbert used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Elvir Ovcina responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Deutsche Bank Skyliners have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 19-6 record having six points less than leader Brose Baskets. Loser LTi 46ers keep the sixteenth position with 19 games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will meet at home BG Goettingen (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. LTi 46ers will have a break next round.

Other games of round 25 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Bayreuth were defeated by Phoenix Hagen in a road game 94-88. TBB Trier beat EnBW L'burg at home 85-80. Bottom-ranked Duesseldorf lost to Walter Tigers on the opponent's court 60-75. MBC unfortunately lost to EWE Baskets in a home game 74-80. Bremerhaven managed to beat Telekom Baskets on the road 85-77.
The best stats of 25th round was 22 points and 11 rebounds by Chris Ensminger of Telekom Baskets.


Phoenix Hagen - Bayreuth 94-88

There was no surprise when 17th ranked BBC Bayreuth (5-19) was defeated on the road by fourteenth ranked Phoenix Hagen (11-15) 94-88 on Saturday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Phoenix Hagen made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Phoenix Hagen made 8 blocks. Lithuanian forward Zygimantas Jonusas (200-82) stepped up and scored 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and American guard Mark Dorris (188-85, college: Marshall) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side Nigerian-American forward Ekene Ibekwe (206-85, college: Maryland) responded with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks and American center Jared Reiner (211-82, college: Iowa, agency: Priority Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. BBC Bayreuth's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Phoenix Hagen moved-up to thirteenth place. BBC Bayreuth lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventeenth position with 19 games lost. Phoenix Hagen will meet higher ranked EWE Baskets (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BBC Bayreuth will play against Artland Dragons (#4) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Bayreuth: E.Ibekwe 19+9reb+2ast, J.Reiner 16+10reb, M.Ginyard 14+3reb+2ast, D.Gibson 13+2reb+2ast, J.Harris 12+2reb+3ast, P.Campbell 9+5reb+2ast
Phoenix Hagen: M.Dorris 18+5reb+2ast, Z.Jonusas 17+6reb+2ast, B.Kruel 13+5reb+4ast, J.Burtschi 12+5reb+1ast, D.Bell 12+3reb+6ast, Q.Pryor 10+6reb+3ast
gschID: 93098


Art.Dragons - NY Phantoms 91-75

The game in Quakenbrueck was also worth to mention about. 4th placed New Yorker Phantoms (15-11) played at the court of fifth ranked Artland Dragons (15-9). Artland Dragons defeated New Yorker Phantoms 91-75. It looked good early as New Yorker Phantoms took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Artland Dragons had a 22-17 second period charge getting the lead and New Yorker Phantoms were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 75-91. Artland Dragons shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 61.9 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 9 assists. American-Jamaican guard Bryan Bailey (185-80, college: Bucknell, agency: Lanshire Group) contributed with 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. Five Artland Dragons players scored in double figures. Artland Dragons' coach Stefan Koch allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American swingman Brandon Thomas (198-84, college: Massachusetts) answered with 21 points and American-Nigerian guard Tony Skinn (185-83, college: George Mason) added 16 points in the effort for New Yorker Phantoms. Artland Dragons moved-up to fourth place. New Yorker Phantoms at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost. Artland Dragons will play against BBC Bayreuth (#17) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. New Yorker Phantoms will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
NY Phantoms: B.Thomas 21+2reb+2ast, T.Skinn 16+2reb+1ast, K.Hamilton 14+3ast, M.Goree 9+5reb+4ast, K.Visser 7+5reb+1ast, J.Cain 4+2reb+2ast
Art.Dragons: T.Rice 22+2reb+9ast, B.Bailey 18+3reb+4ast, N.Peavy 15+2reb+1ast, A.Hess 11+3reb+1ast, R.Kurz 11+5reb+1ast, J.Strasser 5+6ast
gschID: 93100


TBB Trier - EnBW L'burg 85-80

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked TBB Trier and 8th ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg had identical 13-11 record. This time TBB Trier used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Ludwigsburg 85-80 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 15 points at the halftime before their 53-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Dru Joyce (183-85, college: Akron) stepped up and scored 18 points and 8 assists for the winners and his fellow American import guard John Bynum (191-78, college: Metro St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side the former international power forward Johannes Lischka (203-87, agency: Court Side) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and American guard Alex Harris (196-86, agency: Interperformances) scored 17 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. TBB Trier (14-11) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with EWE Baskets. Loser EnBW Ludwigsburg dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Walter Tigers and Bremerhaven. TBB Trier will meet BBC Bayreuth (#17) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play against Telekom Baskets (#12) in Bonn and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
EnBW L'burg: J.Lischka 19+10reb+1ast, A.Harris 17+2reb+2ast, J.Bowler 12+3reb, R.Rickert 10+7reb, J.Green 8+2reb+1ast, S.Vene 6+2ast
TBB Trier: D.Joyce 18+3reb+8ast, B.Stewart 17+2reb, G.Evans 14+4reb+2ast, J.Bynum 14+7reb+3ast, D.Dojcin 7+5reb, P.Zwiener 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 93095


Walter Tigers - Duesseldorf 75-60

Very expected game in Tuebingen where 18th ranked Gloria Giants (3-22) were defeated by twelfth ranked Walter Tigers (13-12) 75-60 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-60. Walter Tigers dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Gloria Giants' 30. They outrebounded Gloria Giants 37-24 including a 31-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Walter Tigers looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American forward Chris Oliver (198-85, college: Radford, agency: Court Side) stepped up and scored 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and the former international guard Johannes Herber (197-83, college: W.Virginia, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Walter Tigers players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Patrick Wischnewski (191-87) responded with 14 points and Lithuanian forward Laimonas Kisielius (203-85, college: William & Mary) scored 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Gloria Giants' coach rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Walter Tigers have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with EnBW L'burg and Bremerhaven. Gloria Giants lost seventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. Walter Tigers will meet league's leader Brose Baskets in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gloria Giants will play against ALBA Berlin (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Duesseldorf: P.Wischnewski 14+4reb, E.Rizvic 8+7reb, L.Kisielius 8+5reb+4ast, S.Wright 8+1ast, M.Petric 6+2ast, P.Pope 6+2reb+2ast
Walter Tigers: C.Oliver 22+7reb+4ast, D.Watts 16+9reb+2ast, J.Herber 13+9reb+5ast, A.Kashirov 12+3reb+1ast, B.Ratkovica 7+5reb+9ast, R.Markovic 3+2reb
gschID: 93096


LTi 46ers - Dt.Bank SKY 62-81

The game with biggest result difference took place in Giessen. Local LTi 46ers (7-19) were outscored by second ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (19-6) 81-62 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Deutsche Bank Skyliners. LTi 46ers managed to win fourth quarter 20-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Deutsche Bank Skyliners dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to LTi 46ers' 26. Deutsche Bank Skyliners forced 19 LTi 46ers turnovers. American guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) stepped up and scored 28 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and his fellow American import forward Roger Powell (198-83, college: Illinois, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. Deutsche Bank Skyliners' coach Gordon Herbert used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Bosnian power forward Elvir Ovcina (211-76, college: Syracuse, agency: Interperformances) responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Ryan Brooks (193-81, college: Temple, agency: Pro One Sports) scored 17 points. Deutsche Bank Skyliners have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 19-6 record having six points less than leader Brose Baskets. Loser LTi 46ers keep the sixteenth position with 19 games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will meet at home BG Goettingen (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. LTi 46ers will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
LTi 46ers: R.Brooks 17+3reb, E.Ovcina 15+5reb+1ast, A.Smith 12+3reb+2ast, Z.Peacock 6+4reb+2ast, T.Schwartz 4+2reb, M.Jordan 3+2ast
Dt.Bank SKY: D.Wood 28+5reb+6ast, R.Powell 18+5reb, J.McKinney 11+1reb+1ast, C.Moss 9+6reb, K.Muurinen 8+2reb, J.Shepherd 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 93097


MBC - EWE Baskets 74-80

Very predictable result in Weissenfels where seventh ranked EWE Baskets (14-11) beat 15th ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (7-18) 80-74 on Friday. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-74. EWE Baskets made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. American guard Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri, agency: Pro One Sports) stepped up and scored 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import guard Louis Campbell (190-79, college: Buffalo, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 15 points. Five EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. At the losing side Canadian-Serbian center Velimir Radinovic (212-81, college: Ohio St.) responded with 16 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Wayne Bernard (190-81, college: Davidson) scored 16 points and 4 assists. EWE Baskets moved-up to sixth place, which they share with TBB Trier. Loser Mitteldeutscher BC keeps the fifteenth position with 18 games lost. EWE Baskets will meet at home Phoenix Hagen (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against ratiopharm Ulm and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
MBC: V.Radinovic 16+5reb+1ast, W.Bernard 16+2reb+4ast, R.Ross 14+5reb, R.Shields 9+3reb, G.Grunheid 7+3reb, J.Gilbert 5+2reb
EWE Baskets: L.Campbell 15+2reb+2ast, R.Paulding 15+5reb+2ast, E.Gill 12+1reb+4ast, O.Stevic 11+5reb+1ast, A.Baynes 10+7reb+1ast, L.Bogdanovic 9+6reb
gschID: 93092


Goettingen - Brose Baskets 82-69

Top ranked Brose Baskets (24-2) recorded its second loss on the court of tenth ranked BG Goettingen on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by BG Goettingen 82-69. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Brose Baskets. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 43-24 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. BG Goettingen dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Brose Baskets' 28 and made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Brose Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Louis Dale (180-88, college: Cornell) fired 20 points and 5 assists for the winners. His fellow American import power forward Jason Boone (198-85, college: New York U.) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. BG Goettingen's coach John Patrick used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian forward Predrag Suput (200-77, agency: Beo Basket) produced 26 points and 7 rebounds and international power forward Tibor Pleiss (214-89) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. BG Goettingen have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place. Defending champion Brose Baskets still keep top position with two games lost. BG Goettingen are looking forward to face league's second-placed Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Frankfurt in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Brose Baskets will play at home against Walter Tigers in Tuebingen and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Brose Baskets: P.Suput 26+7reb+1ast, C.Jacobsen 12+2reb+1ast, T.Pleiss 10+8reb, R.Terry 9+5reb, A.Gavel 7+4reb+2ast, K.Hines 2+1reb+1ast
Goettingen: L.Dale 20+2reb+5ast, T.Meacham 18+3ast, J.Boone 15+9reb, M.Scott 6+2reb, D.Anderson 6+6reb, R.Kulawick 6+5reb
gschID: 93093


Telekom Baskets - Bremerhaven 77-85

There was a minor upset in Bonn where 9th ranked Telekom Baskets (12-12) were defeated by eleventh ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (13-12) 85-77 on Saturday. Telekom Baskets trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 23-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-85 at the end of the game. International forward Philipp Schwethelm (201-89, agency: Court Side) stepped up and scored 18 points for the winners and American forward Craig Callahan (203-81, college: NC-Wilmington) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side American center Chris Ensminger (209-73, college: Valparaiso, agency: Limelight Hoops) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) and the other American import guard Nic Wise (178-87, college: Arizona) scored 20 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!). Five Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and four Telekom Baskets players scored in double figures. Telekom Baskets' coach Michael Koch rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven moved-up to ninth place, which they share with EnBW L'burg and Walter Tigers. Telekom Baskets lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with 12 games lost. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will meet at home higher ranked Artland Dragons (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Telekom Baskets will play against EnBW Ludwigsburg (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Telekom Baskets: C.Ensminger 22+11reb+3ast, N.Wise 20+6reb+1ast, J.Hunt 10+5reb+4ast, F.Campbell 10+4reb+2ast, A.King 7+2reb, P.Flomo 4+5reb
Bremerhaven: P.Schwethelm 18+4reb+3ast, J.Allen 14+3reb+2ast, C.Callahan 14+6reb+3ast, S.Denison 12+3reb, A.Drevo 11+6reb, J.Brewer 5+5reb+4ast
gschID: 93094




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  GREECE   


Aris added Brendan Winters - by Giorgos Diploidis
The team of Aris Thessaloniki announced a few hours ago that they sign Brendan Winters (195-G/F-83, college: Davidson). The team of Thessaloniki was looking for a replacement of P. J Tucker who left the team some days ago. The first thought was to be be signed a player who will play as a forward (small and power) but they changed their thought and decided to take a player that plays as a guard and a small forward.



Printezis lost his place - by Giorgos Diploidis
Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) lost his place in Unicaja Malaga because Robert Archibald got over his injury in the shoulder and took the place of Greek power Forward.

Printezis was hoping after the departure of Aito Reneses that he will take more time from the new coach Jesus Mateo but he didn't succeed in doing that. So the ex-player of Olympiakos will not participate in ACB and the summer he will probably search for another club to continue his career where he will have more time to play. To find the appropriate one will be important because as a member of the Greek national team he will like to play with them in Olympic games of London.


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  HUNGARY   


A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Robert JARVIS
  Soproni
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 25
 1. Jarvis, Salgotarjani25.0 
 2. Doyne, Falco-Szova23.6 
 3. Bell, Kormend21.2 
 4. El-Amin, PVSK P.21.0 
 5. Marshall, Marso-Va.20.8 
 6. Townes, Soproni20.0 
 7. Wilson, Kaposvari19.6 
 8. Rubin, Szedeak19.0 
 9. Cunningham, Kapos.18.7 
 10. Sales, Atomeromu18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Soproni
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Townes, Soproni11.5 
 2. Sales, Atomeromu11.3 
 3. Jones, Albacomp9.7 
 4. Egemonye, PVSK P.9.4 
 5. Werner, Kaposvari9.1 
 6. Gosa, Falco-Szova8.9 
 7. Bader, Szolnok8.9 
 8. Bell, Kormend8.6 
 9. Szabo, Soproni8.4 
 10. Mekongo, FS Debre.8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  Khimik
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Williams, ZTE K.7.3 
 2. Savic, Marso-Vagep6.5 
 3. Kelley, Soproni6.3 
 4. Trotter, Szolnok6.3 
 5. Kalman, Falco-Sz.6.1 
 6. Simon, Albacomp5.8 
 7. Moore, Kormend5.4 
 8. Rodgers, Salgotar.5.1 
 9. Glavinic, PVSK P.5.0 
 10. LaGrange, Kecsk.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Brane SAVIC
  Marso-Vagep
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Savic, Marso-Vagep3.5 
 2. Hanga, Albacomp3.1 
 3. Marshall, Marso-Va.2.9 
 4. Czigler, Marso-Va.2.6 
 5. Trotter, Szolnok2.6 
 6. Williams, ZTE K.2.5 
 7. Kaman, ZTE K.2.4 
 8. Singletary, FS Debre.2.4 
 9. Townes, Soproni2.3 
 10. Werner, Kaposvari2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivory CLARK
  Szolnok
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Clark, Szolnok2.5 
 2. Townes, Soproni2.0 
 3. McKenzie, Szedeak1.5 
 4. Egemonye, PVSK P.1.2 
 5. Aliakseyeu, Falco-Sz.1.1 
 6. Czigler, Marso-Va.1.0 
 7. Keller, Albacomp1.0 
 8. Orsulic, Kecskemeti0.9 
 9. Langford, FS Debre.0.9 
 10. Davis, Kormend0.8 


Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. Szolnok 19-3 
 2. Albacomp 19-3 
 3. Atomeromu 16-6 
 4. Kormend 15-7 
 5. Kecskemeti 13-8 
 6. ZTE KK 13-9 
 7. Falco-Szova 12-10 
 8. Soproni 11-11 
 9. PVSK Pannon 9-11 
 10. Szedeak 9-13 
 11. Marso-Vagep 8-14 
 12. Kaposvari 6-16 
 13. FS Debrecen 1-20 
 14. Salgotarjani 1-21 


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  ICELAND   


Standings - Iceland Express League
Express L. Standings
 1. Snaefell 16-4 
 2. KR 15-5 
 3. Grindavik 14-6 
 4. Keflavik 14-6 
 5. Stjarnan 11-9 
 6. IR 9-11 
 7. Njardvik 9-11 
 8. Haukar 8-12 
 9. Tindastoll 7-13 
 10. Fjolnir 7-13 
 11. Hamar 6-13 
 12. KFI 3-16 


Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Thomas SANDERS
  Keflavik
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Sanders, Keflavik24.6 
 2. Inge, Haukar23.1 
 3. Trifunovic, Keflavik23.0 
 4. Springer, Fjolnir22.7 
 5. Walker, KR22.7 
 6. Bartolotta, IR21.8 
 7. Biedler, IR21.6 
 8. Sovic, IR21.2 
 9. Dabney, Hamar21.1 
 10. Smith, Njardvik20.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Haukar
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Robinson, Haukar13.8 
 2. Biedler, IR12.5 
 3. Pettinella, Grindavik11.2 
 4. Ermolinskij, KR10.9 
 5. Trifunovic, Keflavik10.3 
 6. Springer, Fjolnir10.0 
 7. Fain, Tindastoll9.9 
 8. Stywall, Fjolnir9.8 
 9. Amoroso, Snaefell9.7 
 10. Jonsson, Snaefell9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Aegir STEINARSSON
  Fjolnir
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Steinarsson, Fjolnir8.6 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR8.2 
 3. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.7.7 
 4. Burton, Snaefell7.2 
 5. Shouse, Stjarnan5.8 
 6. Haraldsson, Haukar5.6 
 7. Inge, Haukar5.3 
 8. Arnarson, Hamar5.1 
 9. Cunningham, Tinda.5.1 
 10. Schoen, KFI5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Semaj INGE
  Haukar
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Inge, Haukar3.1 
 2. Fain, Tindastoll3.1 
 3. Dabney, Hamar2.9 
 4. Schoen, KFI2.9 
 5. Biedler, IR2.7 
 6. Kitanovic, Tindastoll2.6 
 7. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.2.6 
 8. Milicevic, KFI2.4 
 9. Ermolinskij, KR2.3 
 10. Viggosson, Tindastoll2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher SMITH
  Svit
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Smith, Njardvik3.2 
 2. Nathanaelsso., Ham.2.6 
 3. Biedler, IR1.8 
 4. Fain, Tindastoll1.7 
 5. Inge, Haukar1.5 
 6. Savarsson, Grind.1.5 
 7. Pettinella, Grindavik1.4 
 8. Thorsteinsso., Kefla.1.4 
 9. Magnusson, KR1.3 
 10. Lindmets, Stjarnan1.3 


Express L. Round 20: #1 Snaefell is defeated by Stjarnan - by Eurobasket News
The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Snaefell (16-4) on the court of fifth ranked Stjarnan on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by Stjarnan 94-80. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Snaefell. The game was mostly controlled by Stjarnan. Snaefell managed to win second period 27-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Stjarnan dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Snaefell's 36. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Estonian forward Renato Lindmets (198-84, college: Westfield St., agency: Tank Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Justin Shouse (180-81, college: Mercyhurst) who added 23 points and 13 assists during the contest. American point guard Sean Burton (175-86, college: Ithaca) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Stjarnan maintains fifth position with 11-9 record. Defending champion Snaefell still keeps top place with four games lost. Stjarnan are looking forward to face Haukar (#8) in Hafnarfjordur in the next round. Snaefell will play at home against Hamar (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Very significant was Njardvik's (#7) 80-72 road victory against 8th ranked Haukar. The winners were led by American guard Giordan Watson (178-85, college: Cent.Michigan) who scored that evening 33 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 9 assists and Nenad Tomasevic supported him with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Njardvik's coach Einar Johannson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists by American guard Semaj Inge (193-87, college: Temple) did not help to save the game for Haukar. Njardvik have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with IR. Haukar lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Njardvik will play against bottom-ranked KFI (#12) in Reykjavik in the next round where they are favorite. Haukar will play on the road against Stjarnan (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Reykjavik between Grindavik and KR. Third ranked Grindavik (14-6) got a very close victory on the road over second-ranked KR (15-5). Grindavik managed to escape with a 1-point win 105-104 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of KR. The best player for the winners was Ryan Pettinella who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). Marcus Walker produced 31 points and 6 assists for the hosts. Grindavik maintains third position with 14-6 record having just two points less than leader Snaefell, which they share with Keflavik. KR at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost. Grindavik will meet at home Fjolnir (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KR's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Reykjavik to the arena IR.
Fourth ranked Keflavik (14-6) crushed at home 12th ranked KFI (3-16) by 36 points 123-87, which is the biggest margin this round. Thomas Sanders orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Keflavik moved-up to third place, which they share with Grindavik. KFI lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Keflavik's next round opponent will be Tindastoll (#9) in Sauoarkrokur where they are favorite. KFI will play at home against Njardvik in Njardvik.

In the last two games of round 20 Tindastoll lost to Fjolnir on the opponent's court 83-88. Hamar unfortunately lost to IR in a home game 91-103.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 31 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists by Kelly Biedler of IR.



KR - Grindavik 104-105

A very close game took place in Reykjavik between Grindavik and KR. Third ranked Grindavik (14-6) got a very close victory on the road over second-ranked KR (15-5). Grindavik managed to escape with a 1-point win 105-104 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of KR. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 34-27 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded KR 48-30 including 19 on the offensive glass. Grindavik looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Grindavik made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American-Italian power forward Ryan Pettinella (206-84, college: Cincinnati) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). Guard Olafur Olafsson (190-90) chipped in 25 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks. American guard Marcus Walker (186-86, college: Colorado St., agency: 011 Sports) produced 31 points and 6 assists and the former international forward Hreggviaur Magnusson (198-82) added 18 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Grindavik maintains third position with 14-6 record having just two points less than leader Snaefell, which they share with Keflavik. KR at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost. Grindavik will meet at home Fjolnir (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KR's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Reykjavik to the arena IR.
Top scorers:
KR: M.Walker 31+2reb+6ast, H.Magnusson 18+4reb+3ast, B.Bjoernsson 14+4reb+2ast, M.Agisson 14+1reb, P.Ermolinskij 9+6reb+10ast, F.Magnusson 7+7reb
Grindavik: R.Pettinella 26+11reb+2ast, O.Olafsson 25+6reb+5ast, P.Axel Vilbergsson 19+5reb+1ast, M.Soskic 17+8reb+3ast, N.Bradford 8+7reb+8ast, B.Brynjolfsson 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 107898


Stjarnan - Snaefell 94-80

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Snaefell (16-4) on the court of fifth ranked Stjarnan on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by Stjarnan 94-80. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Snaefell. The game was mostly controlled by Stjarnan. Snaefell managed to win second period 27-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Stjarnan dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Snaefell's 36. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Estonian forward Renato Lindmets (198-84, college: Westfield St., agency: Tank Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Justin Shouse (180-81, college: Mercyhurst) who added 23 points and 13 assists during the contest. American point guard Sean Burton (175-86, college: Ithaca) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 assists and American-Italian forward Ryan Amoroso (203-85, college: San Diego St.) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Stjarnan maintains fifth position with 11-9 record. Defending champion Snaefell still keeps top place with four games lost. Stjarnan are looking forward to face Haukar (#8) in Hafnarfjordur in the next round. Snaefell will play at home against Hamar (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Snaefell: S.Burton 20+1reb+14ast, R.Amoroso 17+10reb+1ast, J.Olafur Jonsson 12+7reb+1ast, P.Sigurgeirsson 7+3reb+3ast, E.Johannsson 7+2reb+4ast, Z.Bojovic 6+3reb
Stjarnan: R.Lindmets 29+10reb+3ast, J.Shouse 23+4reb+13ast, G.Larusson 11+5reb+1ast, F.Helgason 9+6reb+1ast, M.Valdimarsson 8+7reb+4ast, K.Kjartansson 6+2reb
gschID: 107899


Haukar - Njardvik 72-80

Very significant was Njardvik's (#7) 80-72 road victory against 8th ranked Haukar. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-18. But Haukar won second period 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Njardvik made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. The winners were led by American guard Giordan Watson (178-85, college: Cent.Michigan) who scored that evening 33 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 9 assists and Serbian guard Nenad Tomasevic (192-84) supported him with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Njardvik's coach Einar Johannson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists by American guard Semaj Inge (193-87, college: Temple) did not help to save the game for Haukar. Dutch-American forward Gerald Robinson (204-84, college: Tennessee-Martin, agency: Court Side) added 13 points and 14 rebounds for the hosts. Njardvik have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with IR. Haukar lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Njardvik will play against bottom-ranked KFI (#12) in Reykjavik in the next round where they are favorite. Haukar will play on the road against Stjarnan (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Haukar: S.Inge 21+5reb+6ast, G.Robinson 13+14reb, H.Askarsson 12+3reb+2ast, S.Sveinsson 8+5reb+3ast, O.Siguraarson 6+4reb, P.Hermannsson 4+4reb+1ast
Njardvik: G.Watson 33+7reb+9ast, N.Tomasevic 14+7reb+1ast, J.Moore 12+6reb, G.Jonsson 7+1reb+1ast, F.Stefansson 6+8reb, J.Alafsson 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 107900


Keflavik - KFI 123-87

Fourth ranked Keflavik (14-6) crushed at home 12th ranked KFI (3-16) by 36 points 123-87, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Keflavik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to KFI's 32 and made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They outrebounded KFI 42-30 including 29 on the defensive glass. Keflavik players were unselfish on offense dishing 36 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by KFI's players. 25 personal fouls committed by KFI helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Thomas Sanders (191-85, college: Gardner-Webb, agency: Duran International) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international forward Leo Johannsson (198-89) contributed with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Serbian swingman Nebojsa Knezevic (196-87) replied with 26 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and American guard Craig Schoen (178-83, college: Georgetown, KY) added 23 points and 4 assists in the effort for KFI. Five Keflavik and four KFI players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Keflavik moved-up to third place, which they share with Grindavik. KFI lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Keflavik's next round opponent will be Tindastoll (#9) in Sauoarkrokur where they are favorite. KFI will play at home against Njardvik in Njardvik.
Top scorers:
KFI: N.Knezevic 26+4reb+1ast, C.Schoen 23+3reb+4ast, A.Gylfason 11+3reb+1ast, C.Josey 10+1reb, R.McNutt 7+12reb+1ast, D.Milosevic 5+3reb+2ast
Keflavik: T.Sanders 23+12reb+4ast, G.Thorsteinsson 17+3reb+2ast, L.Johannsson 16+7reb+5ast, G.Einarsson 16+1reb+5ast, A.Ciric 15+1ast, G.Stefansson 12+1reb+1ast
gschID: 107895


Fjolnir - Tindastoll 88-83

There was a minor upset when 9th ranked Tindastoll (7-13) was defeated on the road by eleventh ranked Fjolnir (7-13) 88-83. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Tindastoll won third quarter 23-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fjolnir players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American forward Brandon Brown (201-85, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Jon Sverrisson (197-88) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Brown is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Fjolnir players scored in double figures. American-Dutch guard Sean Cunningham (188-86, college: Cal-Riverside, agency: R.H.Consultancy) replied with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward Hayward Fain (196, college: St.Augustine, agency: Strategic Sports) added 13 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Tindastoll. Fjolnir moved-up to ninth place, which they share with defeated Tindastoll. Tindastoll lost fifth consecutive game. Fjolnir's next round opponent will be higher ranked Grindavik (#3) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Tindastoll: S.Cunningham 25+10reb+5ast, D.Kitanovic 16+6reb+3ast, H.Fain 13+12reb+2ast, S.Birgisson 9+2reb, H.Viggosson 8+10reb, F.Hreinsson 8+3ast
Fjolnir: B.Brown 22+11reb+2ast, I.Hafsteinsson 19+4reb, J.Sverrisson 16+11reb+4ast, A.Steinarsson 12+4reb+9ast, S.Karason 6+2reb, A.Guamundsson 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 107896


Hamar - IR 91-103

Rather predictable result when sixth ranked IR (9-11) defeated on the road 10th ranked Hamar (6-13) 103-91. It looked good early as Hamar took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then IR had a 23-18 second period charge getting the lead and Hamar was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 91-103. IR made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Hamar 48-28 including a 38-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. IR players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. American forward Kelly Biedler (196-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists. Serbian-Canadian forward Nemanja Sovic (198-77, college: Pfeiffer) contributed with 30 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Devin Sweetney (198-87, college: St.Francis, PA, agency: Strategic Sports) replied with 24 points and swingman Darri Hilmarsson (191-87) added 20 points in the effort for Hamar. IR maintains sixth position with 9-11 record, which they share with Njardvik. Hamar at the other side dropped to the eleventh place with 13 games lost. IR's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Reykjavik KR.
Top scorers:
Hamar: D.Sweetney 24+4reb+3ast, D.Hilmarsson 20+3reb+3ast, S.Palsson 16+5reb+1ast, S.Thorvaldsson 9+1reb, L.Jonsson 7+5reb+2ast, R.Nathanaelsson 7+7reb
IR: K.Biedler 31+17reb+5ast, N.Sovic 30+9reb+2ast, J.Bartolotta 18+6reb+7ast, E.Onundarson 8+4reb+2ast, N.Dungal 7+7reb+6ast, S.Claesson 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 107897




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  ITALY   


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


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 James WHITE
  Dinamo Sassari
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. White, Dinamo Sassari20.7 
 2. Thomas, Air AV17.1 
 3. Roberson, Enel B.16.9 
 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. Toure, Enel Brindisi6.9 
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. Green, Bennet Cantu3.8 
 9. Markovic, Benetton.3.7 
 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 AV2.9 
 3. Thomas, Air AV2.9 
 4. White, Dinamo Sassari2.7 
 5. Troutman, Air AV2.7 
 6. Dedovic, Lottomat.2.5 
 7. McCalebb, Montepas.2.5 
 8. Di Bella, Pepsi C.2.5 
 9. Hackett, Scavolin.2.5 
 10. Goss, Cimberio VA2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes2.5 
 2. Toure, Enel Brindisi1.4 
 3. Crosariol, Lottomat.1.4 
 4. Hunter, Dinamo S.1.2 
 5. Smith, Benetton TV1.0 
 6. Lang, Enel Brindisi1.0 
 7. Drozdov, Vanoli CR0.9 
 8. Szewczyk, Air AV0.9 
 9. Cusin, Scavolini PS0.9 
 10. Homan, CS Bologna0.9 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Trent WHITING
  Aget Imola
  (185-G-76)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Whiting, Aget Imola23.5 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona22.1 
 3. Jackson, Prima Veroli21.0 
 4. Clark, Umana Reyer19.6 
 5. Gordon, Forli19.5 
 6. Ebi, Aget Imola19.2 
 7. Forte, Tuscany PT18.2 
 8. Marigney, Assigeco17.8 
 9. Roderick, Immobi.17.6 
 10. Vukcevic, Immobi.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Aget Imola
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Ebi, Aget Imola9.2 
 2. Varnado, Tuscany PT8.8 
 3. Filloy, Immobili.8.8 
 4. Dickens, San Severo8.7 
 5. Boykin, Assigeco8.4 
 6. Lollis, Immobili.8.2 
 7. Johnson, San Severo7.8 
 8. Gordon, Forli7.8 
 9. Waleskowski, Tezeni.7.8 
 10. Dordei, Snaidero UD7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Leemire GOLDWIRE
  Forli
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Goldwire, Forli5.9 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona5.1 
 3. Porta, Tezenis .4.7 
 4. Whiting, Aget Imola3.8 
 5. Mathis, Snaidero.3.7 
 6. Farabello, N.Fer.3.7 
 7. Clark, Umana Reyer3.7 
 8. Marigney, Assigeco3.6 
 9. Hickman, Fastw.3.6 
 10. Levin, Sunrise .3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Terrence RODERICK
  Immobiliare SR
  (195-G/F-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Roderick, Immobi.3.2 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola2.9 
 3. Hunter, Sunrise .2.7 
 4. Achara, Barcellona2.7 
 5. Williams, Snaidero.2.6 
 6. Davis, Sunrise .2.4 
 7. Scarone, Immobili.2.4 
 8. Cerella, Assigeco2.4 
 9. Filloy, Immobili.2.4 
 10. Radulovic, Sunris.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Varnado, Tuscany PT2.8 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola1.4 
 3. Achara, Barcellona1.1 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.1 
 5. Frosini, Trenkwalder0.8 
 6. Boykin, Assigeco0.8 
 7. Trepagnier, Tezeni.0.7 
 8. Ezugwu, Assigeco0.7 
 9. Bryan, Umana Reyer0.7 
 10. Cutolo, San Severo0.7 


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


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Kafil Eyitayo wins the title with Concordia - by Eurobasket News
Ivorian Kafil Eyitayo (201-F) wins the title with Concordia in Canada. Evens Laroche (193-F) (193-F) collected 19 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Concordia Stingers to a 77-67 victory over the Laval Rouge et Or in the Quebec championship game before a capacity crowd at Concordia gym on Friday night.
The third-year forward from Montreal scored 11 of his points in the last 30 minutes to help erase a 42-31 Laval halftime lead. The Rouge et Or had stretched their lead to 14 points at 7:19 of the second quarter.

The Stingers mounted an amazing comeback, outscoring Laval 46-25 in the last 30 minutes. Concordia also put on a strong defensive display led by all-star guard Decee Krah who was tasked with shutting down Laval's Xavier Baribeau, a top offensive threat who was held to four points on the night.

Krah also picked up 18 points, while guard Kyle Desmarais (188-G, college: Cent.Conn.St.) had 14 points. The top scorer on the Rouge et Or was J.F. Beaulieu-Maheux.

Both Concordia and Laval finished with 12-4 win-loss records. They split their four-game series in the regular season.

The championship is the fourth in seven years for the Stingers. The previous titles coming in 2005, 2007 and 2009. Three of four provincial crowns came in games versus the Rouge et Or 2005, 2007 and 2011.

Concordia with represent the RSEQ conference at the CIS national championships in Halifax March 11 to 13. Seeding for the nationals will be announced late Sunday.

Source: Concordia Sports Info




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JBL Round 35: #1 Aishin Sea Horses are defeated by Toshiba Thunders - 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 crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Aishin Sea Horses (25-10) in Kariya on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by fourth ranked Toshiba Thunders (17-18) in overtime 95-93. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Aishin Sea Horses won third quarter 22-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Aishin Sea Horses used huge pressure winning it 22-14 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 11-13. It was a great shooting night for Toshiba Thunders especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a great evening for guard Yuta Miyanga (183-81) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 9 assists. American forward Charles O'Bannon (198-75, college: UCLA) helped adding 21 points and 10 rebounds. The former international power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (205-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Toshiba Thunders maintains fourth place with 17-18 record. Aishin Sea Horses at the other side still keep top position with ten games lost. They share it with Panasonic. Toshiba Thunders will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Aishin Sea Horses will play again at home against Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa and are hoping to win this game.
Seventh-ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (11-24) gave a tough game to second ranked Panasonic Trians (25-10) in Osaka. Panasonic Trians managed to secure only three-point victory 88-85. However their fans expected much easier game. It was an exceptional evening for the former international center Fumihiko Aono (210-78) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Kenta Hirose accounted for 15 points and 5 rebounds. American-Spanish forward Ontario Lett (198-79, college: Pittsburgh) came up with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for Mitsubishi Dolphins in the defeat. Panasonic Trians have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They used an opportunity after Aishin lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Mitsubishi Dolphins at the other side keep the seventh place with 24 games lost. Panasonic Trians will again play against Mitsubishi Dolphins (#7) in Nagoya in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Mitsubishi Dolphins will have a break next round.
The game in Saporro supposed to be also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (16-19) played at the court of 8th ranked Hokkaido (9-26). Hitachi Sunrockers smashed Hokkaido 88-65 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Joji Takeuchi who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 18 rebounds. Jai Lewis produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hitachi Sunrockers maintains fifth place with 16-19 record. Loser Hokkaido stay dead last with 26 lost games. Hitachi Sunrockers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hokkaido will play again against Hitachi Sunrockers (#5) in Osaka and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 35 Tochigi Brex lost to Toyota on the opponent's court 63-68.



Panasonic - Mitsubishi 88-85

Seventh-ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (11-24) gave a tough game to second ranked Panasonic Trians (25-10) in Osaka. Panasonic Trians managed to secure only three-point victory 88-85. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Panasonic Trians made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for the former international center Fumihiko Aono (210-78) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. International guard Kenta Hirose (193-85) accounted for 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. American-Spanish forward Ontario Lett (198-79, college: Pittsburgh) came up with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Zyun Abe (177-86) added 21 points and 4 assists respectively for Mitsubishi Dolphins in the defeat. Four Panasonic Trians and five Mitsubishi Dolphins players scored in double figures. Panasonic Trians have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They used an opportunity after Aishin lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Mitsubishi Dolphins at the other side keep the seventh place with 24 games lost. Panasonic Trians will again play against Mitsubishi Dolphins (#7) in Nagoya in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Mitsubishi Dolphins will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Panasonic: M.Nagayama 17+1reb+3ast, K.Hirose 15+5reb+3ast, A.Custis 14+6reb+2ast, F.Aono 13+12reb+1ast, J.Honeycutt 9+4reb+1ast, T.Onishi 8+4reb
Mitsubishi: Z.Abe 21+2reb+4ast, O.Lett 21+6reb+4ast, K.Nakagawa 13+6reb+3ast, J.Uzawa 11+5reb+2ast, S.Utsumi 11+1reb+1ast, S.Kajimaya 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 119836


Hokkaido - Hitachi S. 65-88

The game in Saporro supposed to be also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (16-19) played at the court of 8th ranked Hokkaido (9-26). Hitachi Sunrockers smashed Hokkaido 88-65 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Hitachi Sunrockers. Hokkaido managed to win third quarter 25-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was the former international center Joji Takeuchi (206-85) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 18 rebounds. Guard Daisuke Kobayashi (189-87) chipped in 18 points and 5 assists. Five Hitachi Sunrockers players scored in double figures. American forward Jai Lewis (201-83, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and the former international guard Takehiko Orimo (190-70) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hitachi Sunrockers maintains fifth place with 16-19 record. Loser Hokkaido stay dead last with 26 lost games. Hitachi Sunrockers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hokkaido will play again against Hitachi Sunrockers (#5) in Osaka and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hitachi S.: A.Aboya 19+4reb+1ast, J.Takeuchi 19+18reb, D.Kobayashi 18+3reb+5ast, T.Smith 12+4reb, F.Nishimura 11+6reb+1ast, T.Sato 6+1reb+1ast
Hokkaido: J.Lewis 20+11reb+1ast, T.Orimo 15+2reb+4ast, T.Abe 10+1reb+2ast, R.Sakurai 7+1reb+2ast, J.Katsumata 5+5reb, C.Maraker 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 119833


Toyota - Tochigi Brex 68-63

Rather expected game in Fuchu where 6th ranked Tochigi Brex (14-21) was defeated by third ranked Toyota Alvark (23-12) 68-63 on Saturday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Michael Takahashi (198-74, college: Cal.St. Northridge) who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. American center Scott Merritt (208-82, college: Marquette) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Tochigi Brex players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Toyota Alvark. They maintain third place with 23-12 record having just two points less than leader Aishin. Defending champion Tochigi Brex keeps the sixth position with 21 games lost. Toyota Alvark will again meet at home Tochigi Brex (#6) in the next round. Tochigi Brex will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Toyota: M.Takahashi 18+6reb+1ast, Y.Okada 13, P.Ricci 12+7reb+2ast, T.Shonaka 9+7reb+5ast, T.Ito 6+2reb+4ast, J.Gibbs 6+8reb
Tochigi Brex: T.Kawamura 15+5reb+3ast, S.Merritt 13+10reb, Y.Tabuse 12+3reb+4ast, K.Tanaka 10+2reb+1ast, K.Takeda 6+3reb, T.Newton 2+8reb+1ast
gschID: 119834


Aishin - Toshiba 93-95 OT

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Aishin Sea Horses (25-10) in Kariya on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by fourth ranked Toshiba Thunders (17-18) in overtime 95-93. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Aishin Sea Horses won third quarter 22-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Aishin Sea Horses used huge pressure winning it 22-14 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 11-13. It was a great shooting night for Toshiba Thunders especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a great evening for guard Yuta Miyanga (183-81) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 9 assists. American forward Charles O'Bannon (198-75, college: UCLA) helped adding 21 points and 10 rebounds. The former international power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (205-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and American swingman Ryan Forehan-Kelly (197-80, college: California) scored 21 points. Four Toshiba Thunders and five Aishin Sea Horses players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Toshiba Thunders maintains fourth place with 17-18 record. Aishin Sea Horses at the other side still keep top position with ten games lost. They share it with Panasonic. Toshiba Thunders will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Aishin Sea Horses will play again at home against Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Toshiba: C.O'Bannon 21+10reb, Y.Miyanga 20+4reb+9ast, Y.Kagami 16+3reb+4ast, C.Violette 14+7reb+1ast, T.Kurihara 6, E.Sou 6+5reb
Aishin: K.Takeuchi 22+12reb, R.Forehan-Kelly 21+4reb+1ast, S.Kashiwagi 15+5reb+6ast, J.Sakuragi 11+6reb+5ast, T.Amino 11+6reb, S.Asayama 6+1reb
gschID: 119835




Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Aishin 25-10 
 2. Panasonic 25-10 
 3. Toyota 23-12 
 4. Toshiba 17-18 
 5. Hitachi S. 16-19 
 6. Tochigi Brex 14-21 
 7. Mitsubishi 11-24 
 8. Hokkaido 9-26 


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi Brex
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi .19.8 
 2. Orimo, Hokkaido17.6 
 3. Lewis, Hokkaido16.6 
 4. Takeuchi, Aishin16.6 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin16.2 
 6. Forehan-K., Aishin15.3 
 7. O''Bannon, Toshiba15.2 
 8. Hale, Mitsubishi14.9 
 9. Kinoshita, Panasonic14.4 
 10. Smith, Hitachi S.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joji TAKEUCHI
  Hitachi S.
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.12.4 
 2. Takeuchi, Aishin11.5 
 3. Lewis, Hokkaido9.1 
 4. Gibbs, Toyota8.8 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin7.9 
 6. O''Bannon, Toshiba7.9 
 7. Hale, Mitsubishi7.3 
 8. Custis, Panasonic7.3 
 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. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.8 
 3. Kinoshita, Panasonic3.8 
 4. Kashiwakura, Hokka.3.6 
 5. Igarashi, Mitsubishi3.5 
 6. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.5 
 7. Miyanga, Toshiba3.0 
 8. Yamada, Hokkaido2.9 
 9. Sakurai, Hokkaido2.9 
 10. Kawamura, Tochigi .2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Shinsuke KASHIWAGI
  Aishin
  (183-G-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.1 
 2. Lewis, Hokkaido1.6 
 3. Hirose, Panasonic1.4 
 4. Forehan-K., Aishin1.3 
 5. Sakurai, Hokkaido1.3 
 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. Lett, Mitsubishi0.9 
 5. Aono, Panasonic0.9 
 6. Lewis, Hokkaido0.7 
 7. Merritt, Tochigi Brex0.7 
 8. Forehan-K., Aishin0.6 
 9. Gross, Aishin0.6 
 10. Gibbs, Toyota0.6 


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  JORDAN   


JPL Round 2 : Arena surprises Riyadi ! - by Omar Shafaamri

In Jordan Premier League Second Round which was held yesterday , Arena Club under the leadership of Veteran Ghazi Naber (178-G-76) suprised last Season's runner-up Riyadi-Aramex with a 9 Points win 85-76 . Ghazi Naber , Fares Saqf el Hait , Samer Nino and Tamer Qatami were in their Day . from the other Side , Riyad's slow Start affected them despite the usual great performance from Saif Amer , Issa Kamel and Sani Sakakini .

2010's Champion ASU Club won easily on their Court over Jalil Club 108-40 , Frederick Oniga (ASU Coach) played with Bench the whole 4th Quarter . National Team Stars : Enver Soobzokov , Wesam Sous , Muosa Awadi , Fadel Najjar and Mohammad Hamdan did their Job well in the 1st Half and left the Chance for the Bench in the 2nd part of the Game.

In Irbid City , Guests College Club won hardly over Kofer Yoba 71-68 .The Game was on Fire till the last seconds , Kofer Yoba declared their withdrawal from the League due to Referees Injustice !
Ali Zu'bi (loaned from ASU Club) lead College to the win with the help from Abdullatif Qadomi , Mohammad Azzazi , Thamer Qaitooka and Atta Jabri , Jordan NT Player Islam Abbas was supposed to play yesterday but did not .


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


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  LIGA AMERICAS   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Blake WALKER
  Gigantes
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 27
 1. Walker, Mavort27.0 
 2. Machado, Flamengo25.2 
 3. Matthews, Defensor21.0 
 4. Carter, Caneros20.7 
 5. Giovannoni, BRB/B.19.7 
 6. Roe, Halc.Xalapa19.6 
 7. Romero, Espartanos18.7 
 8. Ayuso, Capitanes18.4 
 9. Lloreda, Halc.Rojos18.4 
 10. Henning, Toros18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  Cocodrilos
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Martinez, Cocodrilos14.7 
 2. Kvietek, Dep.Espa.13.0 
 3. Matthews, Defensor10.7 
 4. Jackson, Mavort10.3 
 5. Zilli, Sionista10.0 
 6. Kammerichs, Regat.9.9 
 7. Henning, Toros9.3 
 8. Giovannoni, BRB/B.9.2 
 9. Araujo, Dep.Espanol9.0 
 10. Teichmann, Flame.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nezinho DOS SANTOS
  BRB/Brasilia
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. dos Santos, BRB/B.6.3 
 2. Gonzalez, Defensor6.0 
 3. Franco, Sionista5.3 
 4. Garcia, BR.5.2 
 5. Martinez, Regat.5.2 
 6. Pagan, Toros5.0 
 7. Mazzaro, Quimsa4.5 
 8. Garcia Moral., Halc.X.4.1 
 9. Elliott, Cocodrilos4.0 
 10. Rivera, Halc.Rojos3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Reinaldo GARCIA
  Mavort
  (186-G-)
  Avg: 3
 1. Garcia, Mavort3.0 
 2. Pagan, Toros3.0 
 3. Montas, Caneros2.7 
 4. Woodward, Defensor2.7 
 5. Teichmann, Flame.2.3 
 6. Campazzo, Penarol2.2 
 7. Machado, Flamengo2.2 
 8. Garcia Moral., Halc.X.2.1 
 9. Mazzaro, Quimsa2.0 
 10. Garcia, BR.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Adrian HENNING
  Toros
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. Henning, Toros3.0 
 2. Hill, Halc.Rojos2.3 
 3. Jackson, Mavort2.3 
 4. Kammerichs, Regat.1.9 
 5. Traylor, Halc.Xalapa1.7 
 6. Mata, Halc.Xalapa1.7 
 7. Aubry, Capitanes1.6 
 8. Robinson, Halc..1.5 
 9. Teichmann, Flame.1.5 
 10. Roe, Halc.Xalapa1.4 


Liga-Americas Round: 1 (Top 4). Capitanes and Regatas take wins - by Eurobasket News
Halc.Rojos - Capitanes 68-70
Capitanes ensured the win on the opening day of Liga Americas Final Four in Xalapa. They narrowly defeated Halcones Rojos. Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) came up with a late basket to propel the Puerto Rican side to the victory. He finished with 20 points, 9 boards and 5 assists to lead the charge. Halcones Rojos started the game aggressively. They led 14:4 early in the encounter and stayed in front to finish the first frame up by five 20:15. Halcones Rojos did not loosen the grasp in the second term. They arrived at the interval up by 6 points 37:31. Things hardly changed in the third term. The Mexican team stayed in control as they entered the fourth quarter up by 4 points 55:51. Capitanes finally pulled in front 66:65 late in the clash. David Ruiz (195-F-82) stretched the margin to three points but Carlos Rivera immediately answered from downtown to level things up at 68. Danilo Pinnock stepped up for Capitanes in the crucial moment and sealed the winning outcome. David Ruiz accounted for 18 points, while Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) contributed 15 points in the victory. Jaime Lloreda (201-F/C-80, college: LSU) answered with 23 points and 11 boards for Halcones Rojos. Brandon Robinson (202-F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Auburn) tallied 15 points, 6 boards and 4 assists in the loss.

Halc.Xalapa - Regatas C. 72-81
Regatas Corrientes celebrated the opening win at the Liga Americas Final Four. They defeated Halcones Xalapa in Mexico yesterday to improve at 1-0 record. Regatas will next face Halcones Rojos tonight. The hosts will try to bounce back against Capitanes de Arecibo. It was a tough battle in the first half. Neither side was able to gain any sort of clear advantage. Halcones Xalapa and Regatas stayed knotted up at 13 after ten minutes. The Argentinean team pulled in front in the second quarter. They grabbed a narrow 24:22 lead at the interval. Both teams increased the tempo in the third term. Regatas Corrientes unloaded 29 points in the period to post a comfortable 9-point lead with one quarter to go 53:44. Halcones Xalapa went on a desperate rescue rally in the fourth quarter. The hosts erupted for 28 points in the period but their defense remained out of sync and Regatas capitalized scoring 28 points of their own and stealing a valuable win at the end. Federico Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) finished with impressive 18 points and 19 rebounds for Corrientes. Ramzee Stanton (197-F-80, agency: Dream Team Management, college: W.Chester) added 17 points in the win. Louis Roe (200-F-72, college: Massachusetts) answered with 23 points and 8 rebounds for Halcones Xalapa. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) had 18 points in the loss.




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  LITHUANIA   


Best players of Lithuanian NKL round 39 - by Eurobasket News
Talented Sarunas Vingelis (192-G-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for LKKA-Atletas Kaunas and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 39.
The 21-year old guard got a double-double of 27 points and ten assists, while his team crushed Mazeikiai (#4, 22-15) with 18-point margin 90-72. LKKA-Atletas is placed at 6th position in Lithuanian NKL. LKKA-Atletas 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 20-17 record. In the team's last game Vingelis had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 8 attempts. It's his second year at LKKA-Atletas and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Vingelis has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 20.4ppg), assists (2nd best: 5.2apg) and averages solid 50.6% FGP and 45.5% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young Belarusian swingman Vitali Liutych (198-G/F-92) of ABRO-Universitetas Siauliai. Liutych impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as ABRO-Universitetas Siauliai lost that game 72-77 to the higher-ranked Erelita (#3, 14-22). This loss caused ABRO-Universitetas Siauliai to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-25 record. Liutych is one of the most experienced players at ABRO-Universitetas Siauliai and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Julius Jucikas (205-C-89) of Delikatesas Joniskis (#4). Jucikas showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, fourteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Delikatesas, leading his team to a 75-72 win against the lower-ranked Puntukas (#7, 9-27). The chances of Delikatesas not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 23 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jucikas could try to bring Delikatesas' a little bit higher in the standings. Jucikas has individually a great season in Lithuania. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.3rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Matas Lisajevicius (190-G-91) of Erelita - 28 points and 4 rebounds
5. Simonas Slivka (194-G-86) of Meresta - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Egidijus Mockevicius (204-C-92) of Akademija - 8 points and 15 rebounds
7. Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-F-86) of LKKA-Atletas - 24 points and 7 rebounds
8. Arturas Masiulis (210-C-80) of Pieno Zvaigzdes - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Tomas Lekunas (195-F-93) of Akademija - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Gediminas Butkus (183-G-89) of Puntukas - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

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


LKL Round 23: Juventus lose to Lietuvos Rytas in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The game between Top Four teams took place in Vilnius. Second ranked host Lietuvos Rytas (16-2) smashed 4th placed Juventus (11-7) 100-79. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Juventus. The game without a history. Lietuvos Rytas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a great evening for center Jonas Valanciunas (210-92) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). International swingman Simas Jasaitis (202-82) helped adding 18 points. Center Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-89, agency: Interperformances) responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 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. Lietuvos Rytas have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 16-2 record having just two points less than leader Zalgiris. Juventus at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Lietuvos Rytas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Juventus will play on the road against Sakalai (#12) in Vilnius and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
LKL top team - Zalgiris (18-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Alytus Alita (2-15) 100-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Alytus Alita. It was a quality performance for the former international guard Mantas Kalnietis (196-86, agency: Interperformances) who led the winners and scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Mindaugas Kuzminskas accounted for 18 points. Zalgiris' coach Elias Zouros felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Aurimas Birgelis (190-88) came up with 17 points for Alytus Alita in the defeat. The victory was the eighteenth consecutive win for Zalgiris. They maintain first place with 18-0 record. Alytus Alita at the other side stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Zalgiris will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Alytus Alita will play at home against Perlas (#7) in Vilnius and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Klaipeda was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Techasas (10-8) played at the court of 7th ranked Neptunas (6-11). Techasas managed to secure a 9-point victory 75-66 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Gintaras Leonavicius who scored 20 points. Martynas Mazeika produced 19 points for the hosts. Techasas moved-up to fifth place. Loser Neptunas keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Perlas and Naglis-Adakris. Techasas will meet at home Nevezis (#11) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Neptunas will play against Alytus Alita (#13) and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Vilnius where higher ranked Naglis-Adakris (6-11) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked Sakalai (5-12) 88-74. Zydrunas Stankus orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sakalai maintains twelfth place with 5-12 record. Naglis-Adakris at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. Sakalai's next round opponent will be higher ranked Juventus (#4) in Utena and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.



Neptunas - Techasas 66-75

The game in Klaipeda was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Techasas (10-8) played at the court of 7th ranked Neptunas (6-11). Techasas managed to secure a 9-point victory 75-66 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 25-8 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Techasas forced 23 Neptunas turnovers. The best player for the winners was guard Gintaras Leonavicius (194-83, agency: Players Group) who scored 20 points. The former international center Darius Silinskis (216-84, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Four Techasas players scored in double figures. Guard Martynas Mazeika (190-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) produced 19 points and the former international forward Valdas Vasylius (203-83, college: ODU) added 16 points respectively for the hosts. Techasas moved-up to fifth place. Loser Neptunas keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Perlas and Naglis-Adakris. Techasas will meet at home Nevezis (#11) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Neptunas will play against Alytus Alita (#13) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Techasas: G.Leonavicius 20+3reb+3ast, D.Silinskis 17+5reb+2ast, T.Cerneckis 11+6reb+3ast, T.Rinkevicius 11+4reb+3ast, M.Valukonis 9+10reb+1ast, V.Volkus 5+1reb+1ast
Neptunas: M.Mazeika 19+4reb+3ast, V.Vasylius 16+4reb, L.Bonner 9+6reb, D.Heiman 8+2reb+1ast, M.Ruikis 6+5reb+1ast, J.Zurna 6+3reb+6ast
gschID: 120419


Lietuvos Rytas - Juventus 100-79

The game between Top Four teams took place in Vilnius. Second ranked host Lietuvos Rytas (16-2) smashed 4th placed Juventus (11-7) 100-79. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Juventus. The game without a history. Lietuvos Rytas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a great evening for center Jonas Valanciunas (210-92) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). International swingman Simas Jasaitis (202-82) helped adding 18 points. Center Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-89, agency: Interperformances) responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and forward Arunas Vasiliauskas (201-85) scored 17 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. Lietuvos Rytas have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 16-2 record having just two points less than leader Zalgiris. Juventus at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Lietuvos Rytas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Juventus will play on the road against Sakalai (#12) in Vilnius and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Lietuvos Rytas: J.Valanciunas 22+13reb+2ast, S.Jasaitis 18+2reb+2ast, K.Bajramovic 15+1reb+2ast, D.Strawberry 9+2reb+4ast, S.Babrauskas 8+2reb+1ast, A.Jomantas 8+4reb+5ast
Juventus: A.Vasiliauskas 17, Z.Sestokas 13+1reb, V.Cepukaitis 13+7reb+1ast, J.Elvikis 9+4reb+2ast, A.Kieza 7+3reb+4ast, A.Adomaitis 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 120420


Alytus Alita - Zalgiris 65-100

LKL top team - Zalgiris (18-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Alytus Alita (2-15) 100-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Alytus Alita. The game without a history. Zalgiris led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 82 of its points in the paint compared to Alytus Alita's 40. They outrebounded Alytus Alita 48-26 including a 33-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a quality performance for the former international guard Mantas Kalnietis (196-86, agency: Interperformances) who led the winners and scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-89) accounted for 18 points for the winning side. Five Zalgiris players scored in double figures. Zalgiris' coach Elias Zouros felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Aurimas Birgelis (190-88) came up with 17 points and center Marius Janisius (203-77) added 7 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Alytus Alita in the defeat. The victory was the eighteenth consecutive win for Zalgiris. They maintain first place with 18-0 record. Alytus Alita at the other side stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Zalgiris will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Alytus Alita will play at home against Perlas (#7) in Vilnius and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: M.Kuzminskas 18+4reb+1ast, M.Kalnietis 13+6reb+6ast, T.Klimavicius 13+5reb, M.Pocius 12+5reb+3ast, T.Plaisted 11+3reb+1ast, D.Collins 9+2reb+2ast
Alytus Alita: A.Birgelis 17+2reb+2ast, S.Kazevicius 14+2reb, S.Dumbliauskas 12+3reb, W.Walker 9+3reb+5ast, M.Janisius 7+11reb+1ast, P.Kleiza 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 120421


Sakalai - Naglis-Adakris 88-74

An interesting game took place in Vilnius where higher ranked Naglis-Adakris (6-11) was upset on the court of twelfth ranked Sakalai (5-12) 88-74. It looked good early as Naglis-Adakris took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Sakalai had a 22-13 second period charge getting the lead and Naglis-Adakris was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 74-88. They outrebounded Naglis-Adakris 54-28 including a 34-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by Naglis-Adakris helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Zydrunas Stankus (197-78, college: Campbell) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 5 rebounds. The former international forward Aivaras Kiausas (199-80) contributed with 7 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Forward Vytenis Petkus (193-87) answered with 20 points and American forward Gerald Inman (206-87, college: Rutgers) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Naglis-Adakris. Four Naglis-Adakris players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sakalai maintains twelfth place with 5-12 record. Naglis-Adakris at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. Sakalai's next round opponent will be higher ranked Juventus (#4) in Utena and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Sakalai: Z.Stankus 14+5reb+1ast, V.Sirvydis 14+3reb+3ast, P.Augustas 13+1reb+4ast, E.Jezukevicius 11+9reb, A.Gydra 9+1reb, R.Matulis 8+9reb+2ast
Naglis-Adakris: V.Petkus 20+2reb+2ast, M.Mockevicius 13+1reb, R.Danys 11+4reb, G.Inman 10+8reb+2ast, M.Reminas 9+2reb+3ast, C.Lowe 6+2reb
gschID: 120418




Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
 1. Zalgiris 18-0 
 2. Lietuvos Rytas 16-2 
 3. Rudupis 12-5 
 4. Juventus 11-7 
 5. Techasas 10-8 
 6. Siauliai 9-7 
 7. Perlas 6-11 
 8. Neptunas 6-11 
 9. Naglis-Adakris 6-11 
 10. Aiscai Kaunas 6-12 
 11. Nevezis 5-11 
 12. Sakalai 5-12 
 13. Alytus Alita 2-15 


Standings - NKL
NKL Standings
Group A
 1. Pieno Zvaigzdes 37-1 
 2. Radviliskis 26-12 
 3. Meresta 24-14 
 4. Mazeikiai 23-15 
 5. Nafta Universitetas 21-17 
 6. Zalgiris-Sabonio 21-17 
 7. LKKA-Atletas 20-18 
 8. Perlas-MRU 16-22 
Group B
 1. Triobet Malsta 16-20 
 2. Silute 15-20 
 3. Erelita 14-23 
 4. Delikatesas 13-24 
 5. Akademija 12-24 
 6. ABRO-Univ. 11-25 
 7. Puntukas 10-27 


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Kieza, Juventus17.2 
 2. Dilys, Naglis-Adakris16.4 
 3. Alijevas, Nevezis15.8 
 4. Dimsa, Nevezis15.4 
 5. Vasylius, Neptunas15.0 
 6. Juskevicius, Rudupis14.8 
 7. Mikalauskas, Naglis.14.7 
 8. Kazevicius, Alytus A.14.5 
 9. Ruikis, Neptunas14.5 
 10. Viskontas, Perlas14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Kieza, Juventus11.1 
 2. Sarakauskas, Siauliai9.5 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.8.5 
 4. Dimsa, Nevezis7.4 
 5. Jankunas, Zalgiris7.1 
 6. Matulis, Sakalai7.1 
 7. Mikalauskas, Naglis.6.7 
 8. Klimavicius, Zalgiris6.6 
 9. Valukonis, Techasas6.5 
 10. Adomavicius, Alytus A.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Rolandas ALIJEVAS
  Nevezis
  (192-G-85)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Alijevas, Nevezis6.4 
 2. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.7 
 3. Juskevicius, Rudupis5.4 
 4. Broadus, Siauliai5.3 
 5. Collins, Zalgiris4.5 
 6. El-Amin, Lietuvos.4.4 
 7. Viskontas, Perlas4.2 
 8. Kalnietis, Zalgiris4.1 
 9. Janavicius, Siauliai4.1 
 10. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Tomas RINKEVICIUS
  Techasas
  (178-G-78)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Rinkevicius, Techasas2.3 
 2. Razutis, Naglis-A.1.9 
 3. Alijevas, Nevezis1.9 
 4. Juskevicius, Rudupis1.9 
 5. Valukonis, Techasas1.8 
 6. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris1.8 
 7. Ruikis, Neptunas1.7 
 8. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.1.7 
 9. Vasylius, Neptunas1.7 
 10. Leonavicius, Techa.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Real Madrid
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.4 
 2. Valanciunas, Lietuv.2.2 
 3. Silinskis, Techasas2.0 
 4. Cresnar, Nevezis1.5 
 5. Klimavicius, Zalgiris1.1 
 6. Volkus, Techasas1.1 
 7. Zelionis, Rudupis0.9 
 8. Jankauskas, Rudupis0.9 
 9. Cepukaitis, Juven.0.9 
 10. Kieza, Juventus0.8 


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Vidmantas SRAGAUSKIS
  LKKA-Atletas
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Sragauskis, LKKA-.22.3 
 2. Petraitis, Delikate.21.7 
 3. Vingelis, LKKA-.20.4 
 4. Tarvydas, Puntukas18.1 
 5. Jurkus, Silute18.1 
 6. Sebeziovas, Triobe.16.8 
 7. Cizauskas, Zalgir.16.4 
 8. Mineikis, Radviliskis16.3 
 9. Jacevicius, Perla.16.2 
 10. Girdziunas, Nafta U.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Egidijus MOCKEVICIUS
  Akademija
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Mockevicius, Akade.10.8 
 2. Pikalavicius, Delika.10.1 
 3. Oladimeji, Radvilis.9.4 
 4. Warren, Mazeikiai8.7 
 5. Brusokas, Perla.8.4 
 6. Nedzinskas, Silute8.2 
 7. Mineikis, Radviliskis7.7 
 8. Jucikas, Delikatesas7.3 
 9. Kupsas, Zalgir.7.2 
 10. Kazakauskas, Nafta U.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai6.9 
 2. Vingelis, LKKA-.5.1 
 3. Kuklierius, Radvilis.4.9 
 4. Sapiega, Erelita4.9 
 5. Cizauskas, Zalgir.4.6 
 6. Kutra, Delikatesas4.4 
 7. Leonard, Pieno Z.4.3 
 8. Virsilas, Silute4.1 
 9. Vasiliauskas, Triobe.4.1 
 10. Zymantas, Nafta U.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai2.8 
 2. Zymantas, Nafta U.2.5 
 3. Petraitis, Delikate.2.5 
 4. Metelica, Erelita2.4 
 5. Vasiliauskas, Triobe.2.3 
 6. Vileita, Pieno Z.2.3 
 7. Sapiega, Erelita2.2 
 8. Radavicius, Meres.2.2 
 9. Leonard, Pieno Z.2.2 
 10. Kutra, Delikatesas2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Egidijus MOCKEVICIUS
  Akademija
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Mockevicius, Akade.2.6 
 2. Urbonas, LK.2.2 
 3. Kupsas, Zalgir.1.9 
 4. Jucikas, Delikatesas1.7 
 5. Pupinis, Erelita1.3 
 6. Oladimeji, Radvilis.1.3 
 7. Ramanauskas, Sil.1.2 
 8. Ramasauskas, ABRO-.1.0 
 9. Milinskas, Triobe.0.9 
 10. Bernataviciu., Triobe.0.9 


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Standings
Diekirch Standings
1-6 places
 1. T71 15-4 
 2. Etzella 15-5 
 3. Basket Esch 12-7 
 4. Amicale 11-8 
 5. Sparta 11-9 
 6. Residence 9-10 
7-10 places
 1. Musel Pikes 8-10 
 2. Contern 7-11 
 3. Soleuvre 5-13 
 4. Black Star 1-17 


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  MEXICO   


Regatas Corrientes tame Halcones Xalapa at the start of Liga Americas Final Four - by Eurobasket News
Halcones Xalapa - Regatas Corrientes 72:81

Regatas Corrientes celebrated the opening win at the Liga Americas Final Four. They defeated Halcones Xalapa in Mexico yesterday to improve at 1-0 record. Regatas will next face Halcones Rojos tonight. The hosts will try to bounce back against Capitanes de Arecibo.
It was a tough battle in the first half. Neither side was able to gain any sort of clear advantage. Halcones Xalapa and Regatas stayed knotted up at 13 after ten minutes. The Argentinean team pulled in front in the second quarter. They grabbed a narrow 24:22 lead at the interval. Both teams increased the tempo in the third term. Regatas Corrientes unloaded 29 points in the period to post a comfortable 9-point lead with one quarter to go 53:44. Halcones Xalapa went on a desperate rescue rally in the fourth quarter. The hosts erupted for 28 points in the period but their defense remained out of sync and Regatas capitalized scoring 28 points of their own and stealing a valuable win at the end. Federico Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) finished with impressive 18 points and 19 rebounds for Corrientes. Ramzee Stanton (197-F-80, agency: Dream Team Management, college: W.Chester) added 17 points in the win. Louis Roe (200-F-72, college: Massachusetts) answered with 23 points and 8 rebounds for Halcones Xalapa. Leando Garcia Morales had 18 points in the loss.

Halcones Xalapa: Louis Roe 23, Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) 18
Regatas Corrientes: Federico Kammerichs 18+19 boards, Ramzee Stanton 17, Eduardo Villares (188-G-79) 15



Capitanes open Liga Americas Final Four with victory - by Eurobasket News
Capitanes - Halcones Rojos 70:68

Capitanes ensured the win on the opening day of Liga Americas Final Four in Xalapa. They narrowly defeated Halcones Rojos. Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) came up with a late basket to propel the Puerto Rican side to the victory. He finished with 20 points, 9 boards and 5 assists to lead the charge.
Halcones Rojos started the game aggressively. They led 14:4 early in the encounter and stayed in front to finish the first frame up by five 20:15. Halcones Rojos did not loosen the grasp in the second term. They arrived at the interval up by 6 points 37:31. Things hardly changed in the third term. The Mexican team stayed in control as they entered the fourth quarter up by 4 points 55:51. Capitanes finally pulled in front 66:65 late in the clash. David Ruiz (195-F-82) stretched the margin to three points but Carlos Rivera immediately answered from downtown to level things up at 68. Danilo Pinnock stepped up for Capitanes in the crucial moment and sealed the winning outcome. David Ruiz accounted for 18 points, while Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) contributed 15 points in the victory. Jaime Lloreda (201-F/C-80, college: LSU) answered with 23 points and 11 boards for Halcones Rojos. Brandon Robinson (202-F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Auburn) tallied 15 points, 6 boards and 4 assists in the loss.

Capitanes: Danilo Pinnock 20, David Ruiz 18, Daniel Santiago 15
Halcones Rojos: Jaime Lloreda 23+11 boards, Brandon Robinson 15



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  NBA   


Friday's games - by Eurobasket News
New Jersey N. - Toronto R. 116-103
The New Jersey Nets are still far away from their Russian owner's goal of making the team a global brand and NBA champion. But for now, at least, they're the league's most successful team in games played in Europe. Brook Lopez (7'0''-F/C-88, college: Stanford) scored 25 points and New Jersey ended a six-game losing streak with a 116-103 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday in the first regular-season game on the continent. Kris Humphries (6'9''-F-85, college: Minnesota) had 18 points and 17 rebounds and Deron Williams earned his first win since being acquired from the Utah Jazz last week, adding 16 points and 11 assists. *Courtesy of www.mail.com

Orlando M. - Chicago B. 81-89
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) hardly looked like an MVP candidate earlier this week in a humbling loss at Atlanta. He and his teammates took out some of their frustrations Friday night against Orlando. Rose scored 24 points and Luol Deng (6'7''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) added 16 to help Chicago hang on for an 89-81 win over the Magic in a matchup of two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. *Courtesy of www.comcast.com

San Antonio S. - Miami Heat 125-95
Manu Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) scored 20 points, Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) made a surprise return to the starting lineup and the San Antonio Spurs handed the skidding Miami Heat their most lopsided loss of the season, 125-95 on Friday night. In the first meeting between these NBA heavyweights, the Spurs (51-11) improved the league's best record and kept the Heat in a tailspin. A night after blowing a 24-point lead in a stunning loss to Orlando, Miami trailed by 24 after just one quarter and lost for the fourth time in five games. Parker had 15 points and eight assists. He returned less than a week after the Spurs feared their point guard might miss up to a month with a strained calf. LeBron James scored 26 points and Dwyane Wade had 19. It won't get much easier for the Heat, who return home to play Chicago on Sunday. *Courtesy of Yahoo

LA Lakers - Charlotte B. 92-84
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) scored 27 points and the Los Angeles Lakers ended the Charlotte Bobcats' inexplicable mastery over them Friday night with a 92-84 victory, their sixth straight win since the All-Star break. Pau Gasol had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Derek Fisher (6'1''-G-74, agency: Priority Sports, college: UALR) sprained his left elbow as the Lakers grinded out a shockingly rare victory over the NBA's youngest franchise. The two-time defending champions had lost eight of their previous 10 meetings with Charlotte, the only team other than Boston with a winning record against the Lakers (8-6). D.J. Augustin scored 22 points for the Bobcats, who have dropped the first three on a four-game West Coast road swing. Shaun Livingston added 12 points for Charlotte, which lost leading scorer Stephen Jackson to a strained left hamstring in the third quarter. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

New York K. - Cleveland C. 115-119
Baron Davis (6'2''-G-79, college: UCLA) debuted for Cleveland by scoring 12 of his 18 points in the Cavaliers' rally from a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit, leading a 119-115 victory over the Knicks on Friday night in New York. The Cavs snapped a 26-game road skid and have won 11 straight over the Knicks. 'It's always great to win at the Garden,' Davis said. 'The Garden is special, especially playing against a team right now that's getting a lot of coverage, and they were prepared to beat us bad and we didn't let that happen.' J.J. Hickson (6'9''-F/C-88, college: N.Carolina St.) scored 23 points and Luke Harangody had 18, but it was Davis who led the rally and hit a crucial three-pointer for a 116-112 lead with 10.6 seconds left. Amar'e Stoudemire matched a season high with 41 points and Carmelo Anthony had 29. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Memphis G. - N.Orleans H. 91-98
So much for Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) 's offensive woes. Paul had 23 points and 14 assists, Willie Green (6'4''-G-81, college: Detroit Mercy) keyed a fourth-quarter rally and the New Orleans Hornets beat the Memphis Grizzlies 98-91 on Friday night to move up in the Western Conference standings. Paul, who was limited to 17 points over the previous three games, was 7 of 15 from the field, including 2 for 3 on 3-pointers. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Dallas M. - Indiana P. 116-108
Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) scored 29 points and Jason Terry (6'2''-G-77, college: Arizona) added 21 as the Dallas Mavericks notched a 116-108 victory over the visiting Indiana Pacers on Friday. Nowitzki was 10 of 12 from the field and Terry hit back-to-back key shots late as Dallas (45-16) won its eighth straight game and 18th in 19 games. Danny Granger tallied 22 points for Indiana (27-34), which has lost six of its last nine. *Courtesy of www.fox59.com

Milwaukee B. - Phoenix Suns 88-102
Channing Frye (6'11''-C/F-83, college: Arizona) insists no one expects the Phoenix Suns to reach the postseason. That's exactly what might make them so dangerous. Frye scored 20 points and the Suns used a blistering 19-0 run in the third quarter to flip a deficit into a big lead in a 102-88 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Philadelph.76 - Minnesota T. 111-100
When the final buzzer sounded, Andre Iguodala (6'6''-G-84, college: Arizona) was swarmed by his teammates. The adoration was more than well-deserved. Iguodala had 22 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds for his second triple-double of the season, and the Philadelphia 76ers overcame another stellar effort from Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA) for a 111-100 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Atlanta H. - Oklah.City T. 104-111
Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) scored 29 points despite a sore ankle and Russell Westbrook (6'3''-G-88, college: UCLA) hit a clinching 3-pointer, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 111-104 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night. Durant sprained his left ankle two nights earlier and wasn't cleared to play until an hour before the game, but the NBA's leading scorer turned in his usual performance. He came in averaging 28.4 points a game. Westbrook hit the biggest shot of all. After Marvin Williams' putback pulled the Hawks within 102-100, the man wearing zero took a pass from Durant, picked up a screen from Nick Collison and swished a wide-open jumper from behind the arc. As he headed back down the court, Westbrook blew on both hands as though they were six-shooters and mimicked sticking them in his holster. He finished with 28 points. Joe Johnson led the Hawks with 24 and Kirk Hinrich added 21. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Boston C. - Golde State W. 107-103
Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) scored 27 points and pulled down a crucial offensive rebound with 12 seconds remaining to help the Boston Celtics hold off Monta Ellis and the Golden State Warriors 107-103 on Friday night. Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) also scored 27 for the Celtics, who let an 18-point lead slip to just one late in the fourth quarter and struggled to put away the pesky Warriors. Ellis scored 28 of his 41 points in the second half as Golden State rallied and gave the short-handed Celtics a scare right to the end. Boston wasn't able to seal it until Allen snatched a rebound off a miss by Kevin Garnett with 12 seconds left, then hit two free throws. *Courtesy of www.kolotv.com


Nate Robinson out for one month - by Giorgos Diploidis
Nate Robinson (5'9''-G-84, college: Washington) didn't have the time to adjust to his new team after his trade from Boston Celtics to Oklahoma City Thunder some time ago.

An injury to his knee made him to have a surgery which was successful but he as it was predicted he will have to loose games for about a month.
Robinson in Boston was a back up for Rajon Rondo having in 41 appearances 5.9, 1.3rpg and 1.7apg. His new role most probably will be to be the substitute of Russell Westbrook.


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 45-15 
 2. New York K. 31-29 
 3. Philadelph.76 31-30 
 4. New Jersey N. 18-43 
 5. Toronto R. 17-45 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 42-18 
 2. Indiana P. 27-34 
 3. Milwaukee B. 23-37 
 4. Detroit P. 22-41 
 5. Cleveland C. 12-49 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 43-19 
 2. Orlando M. 40-23 
 3. Atlanta H. 37-25 
 4. Charlotte B. 26-35 
 5. Washington W. 15-45 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 38-22 
 2. Denver N. 37-26 
 3. Portland TB 34-27 
 4. Utah Jazz 32-30 
 5. Minnesota T. 15-48 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 44-19 
 2. Phoenix Suns 32-28 
 3. Golde State W. 27-34 
 4. LA Clippers 22-40 
 5. Sacramento K. 15-44 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 51-11 
 2. Dallas M. 45-16 
 3. N.Orleans H. 36-28 
 4. Memphis G. 34-29 
 5. Houston R. 31-32 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 28.4
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.4 
 2. James, Miami Heat26.3 
 3. Stoudemire, New Y.26.2 
 4. Wade, Miami Heat25.5 
 5. Anthony, Denver N.25.2 
 6. Bryant, LA Lakers25.1 
 7. Ellis, Golde S.24.9 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.24.6 
 9. Gordon, LA Clippers24.1 
 10. Howard, Orlando M.23.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.7
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.7 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.13.9 
 3. Randolph, Memph.13.0 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.5 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.11.7 
 6. Bogut, Milwauke.11.5 
 7. Camby, Portland TB11.1 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.5 
 9. Okafor, N.Orlean.10.0 
 10. Horford, Atlanta H.9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Rondo, Boston C.12.2 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.3 
 3. Williams, Utah Jazz9.7 
 4. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.6 
 5. Calderon, Toron.9.3 
 6. Felton, New Y.9.0 
 7. Wall, Washington W.8.9 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..8.4 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.8.3 
 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.2.2 
 4. Westbrook, Oklah..1.8 
 5. Felton, New Y.1.8 
 6. Allen, Memphis G.1.7 
 7. Conley, Memphis G.1.7 
 8. Evans, Sacramen.1.7 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.1.7 
 10. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.8 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.2.3 
 3. McGee, Washingt.2.2 
 4. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.2 
 5. Stoudemire, New Y.2.1 
 6. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.1 
 7. Jefferson, Utah J.2.0 
 8. Duncan, San A.2.0 
 9. Bynum, LA Lakers1.9 
 10. Hibbert, Indiana P.1.8 


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  PALESTINE   


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


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  PBL   


Crouch Saves the Day for Razorsharks - by Allen White
Rochester point guard Jerice Crouch (6'0''-G-84, college: Chattanooga)h almost single handedly held off the Saint John Mill Rats in a frantic final minute of play. The RazorSharks came away with a hard fought 110-108 victory before a crowd of 2,130.

The win puts Rochester (6-7) right back in the thick of the Premier Basketball League playoff race, a half game behind Saint John (6-6).

The RazorSharks led at each quarter but the game was close throughout. Rochester was ahead by as many as nine points several times. The Rats owned the lead once at 52-51 in the second quarter.

Nursing an 88-80 lead after three quarters, Rochester almost lost it down the stretch. Saint John rallied to trail 107-105 in the final half minute. With 17.8 seconds left and the Rats down 108-105, Crouch stole the inbounds pass and was fouled. He made five of six free throws and scored 7 points in the game's final minute.

Sammy Monroe was high man for the winners with 21 points. Jared Carter added 17 with 11 rebounds. Keith Friel found the range again scoring 17 on 5 for 11 shooting. Crouch wound up with 16 along with 6 assists.

For the Mill Rats, Marc Egerson had a game high 22 points including a three pointer at the buzzer. Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Massachusetts) and Steve DeLuca (6'6''-F, college: Brandeis) had 19 points each.

Rochester won the game at the free throw line making making 27 of 33 free throws. Saint John was 14 for 18, a swing of 13 points.

The RazorSharks host PBL leading Lawton-Fort Sill (12-1) on Sunday. The Cavalry beat the RazorSharks in overtime ten days ago. The Mill Rats return home to host Kentucky (5-9) Sunday.


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  POLAND   


Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Michal JANKOWSKI
  Polonia 2011
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Jankowski, Polonia .17.7 
 2. Pacocha, AZS S.17.5 
 3. Witos, GKS Tychy16.9 
 4. Mis, SKK Siedlce16.4 
 5. Jakobczyk, Gornik16.3 
 6. Michalak, Polonia .16.2 
 7. Lichodzijews., ISS S.16.1 
 8. Ustarbowski, Gor.15.7 
 9. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.15.0 
 10. Mordzak, Asec.Pro.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Wojciech ZURAWSKI
  ISS Sportino
  (199-F/C-76)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Zurawski, ISS S.9.5 
 2. Lichodzijews., ISS S.9.2 
 3. Mis, SKK Siedlce8.8 
 4. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.8.7 
 5. Wilczek, Sokol Lancut8.1 
 6. Mielczarek, AZS S.7.9 
 7. Klima, Sokol Lancut7.8 
 8. Grudzinski, Spojnia7.7 
 9. Lisewski, MMKS D.7.7 
 10. Luszczewski, Start L.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Rafal WOJCICKI
  SKK Siedlce
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Wojcicki, SKK S.6.6 
 2. Wilczek, Tempcold.5.4 
 3. Brek, SKK Siedlce5.3 
 4. Stoklosa, Spojnia5.2 
 5. Jakobczyk, Gornik4.9 
 6. Sikora, Start Lublin4.9 
 7. Zytko, ISS Sportino4.6 
 8. Basinski, MMKS D.4.5 
 9. Glapinski, Sokol L.4.2 
 10. Trepka, LKS Lodz4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Maciej USTARBOWSKI
  SKK Siedlce
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ustarbowski, Gor.3.1 
 2. Wojcicki, SKK S.2.9 
 3. Zytko, ISS Sportino2.8 
 4. Malczyk, Asec.Pro.2.7 
 5. Michalak, Polonia .2.7 
 6. Klima, Sokol Lancut2.6 
 7. Muszynski, Gornik2.6 
 8. Szymanski, Znicz B.2.5 
 9. Mielczarek, AZS S.2.5 
 10. Wilczek, Tempcold.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam LISEWSKI
  MMKS DG
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Lisewski, MMKS D.2.6 
 2. Lichodzijews., ISS S.1.6 
 3. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.6 
 4. Szymanski, Polonia .1.5 
 5. Klima, Sokol Lancut1.5 
 6. Mis, SKK Siedlce1.4 
 7. Kulikowski, Spojnia1.1 
 8. Salamonik, LKS L.1.0 
 9. Bzdyra, GKS Tychy0.9 
 10. Markowicz, GKS T.0.9 


Standings - DBE
PLK Standings
 1. Asseco Prokom 13-4 
 2. PGE Turow 12-5 
 3. Energa Czarni 12-7 
 4. Trefl Sopot 11-8 
 5. Polpharma 10-8 
 6. Anwil 10-9 
 7. Polonia Azbud 9-10 
 8. Zastal 8-10 
 9. PBG Basket 8-11 
 10. AZS Koszalin 7-9 
 11. SKK Kotwica 6-12 
 12. Siarka 3-16 


Standings - 1 Liga
1Liga Standings
 1. Tempcold AZS 21-5 
 2. Rosasport 19-7 
 3. ISS Sportino 18-7 
 4. MMKS DG 18-7 
 5. Sokol Lancut 18-8 
 6. LKS Lodz 17-9 
 7. Asec.Prokom-2 16-10 
 8. Spojnia 13-13 
 9. Znicz Basket 13-13 
 10. AZS Szczecin 10-16 
 11. SKK Siedlce 9-16 
 12. Start Lublin 9-17 
 13. GKS Tychy 7-19 
 14. Gornik 7-19 
 15. Astoria 6-20 
 16. Polonia 2011 5-20 


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ted SCOTT
  SKK Kotwica
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Scott, SKK Kotwica26.1 
 2. Hinson, Polonia Azbud17.2 
 3. Frazier, AZS K.16.6 
 4. Reese, AZS Koszalin16.2 
 5. Hodge, Zastal15.6 
 6. Miller, PBG Basket15.6 
 7. Burgess, Zastal15.4 
 8. Bennerman, Energa C.14.7 
 9. Dylewicz, Trefl Sopot14.5 
 10. Jovanovic, Anwil14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Harris, SKK K.10.9 
 2. Truscott, Siarka9.9 
 3. Burgess, Zastal9.8 
 4. NaNa, Polonia Azbud8.1 
 5. Easley, Polonia Azbud7.1 
 6. Wysocki, PGE Turow7.0 
 7. Miller, Anwil6.5 
 8. Ceranic, Trefl S.6.5 
 9. Kinloch, AZS K.6.4 
 10. Palmer, Polonia Azbud6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Energa Czarni
  (177-G-81)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Blassingame, Energa C.6.7 
 2. Milicic, AZS K.6.3 
 3. Thomas, PGE Turow5.1 
 4. Skibniewski, Polph.4.9 
 5. Hodge, Zastal4.8 
 6. Hawkins, PBG B.4.4 
 7. Vaughn, Polpharma3.4 
 8. Ewing, Asseco P.3.4 
 9. Nowakowski, Poloni.3.2 
 10. Thompson, Anwil3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Polonia Azbud
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hinson, Polonia Azbud2.6 
 2. Hodge, Zastal2.5 
 3. Blassingame, Energa C.2.5 
 4. Ewing, Asseco P.2.4 
 5. Pringle, Siarka2.4 
 6. Skibniewski, Polph.2.3 
 7. Milicic, AZS K.2.2 
 8. Reese, AZS Koszalin2.1 
 9. Hawkins, PBG B.2.1 
 10. Thomas, PGE Turow1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Harris, SKK K.1.9 
 2. Lapeta, Asseco P.1.4 
 3. Easley, Polonia Azbud1.3 
 4. Hicks, Anwil1.3 
 5. Burgess, Zastal1.3 
 6. Mirkovic, Polpharma1.0 
 7. Reese, AZS Koszalin0.9 
 8. Davis, Energa C.0.9 
 9. Kesicki, Zastal0.8 
 10. Frazier, AZS K.0.8 


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Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Porto Ferpinta 16-1 
 2. Benfica 14-3 
 3. Academica 13-4 
 4. Ovarense 10-8 
 5. Vitoria SC 9-8 
 6. CAB 8-10 
 7. Penafiel 8-10 
 8. Sampaense 7-10 
 9. Ginasio 7-11 
 10. Lusitania 5-13 
 11. Illiabum 5-13 
 12. Barreirense 3-14 


Standings - Proliga
Proliga Standings
 1. Barcelos 14-3 
 2. Galitos FC 12-5 
 3. Fisica 12-5 
 4. Terceira Basket 11-6 
 5. Angra 11-6 
 6. Sangalhos 10-7 
 7. Povoa 8-8 
 8. Electrico FC 7-9