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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Round 23: Krka alone on top - by Eurobasket News
The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end. There was no lack of interesting games this round. It ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

The game had a very big importance for Slovenian Krka as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Krka defeated 4th placed Montenegrin Buducnost in Novo Mesto 80-73. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 45-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Krka made 29-of-36 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game, while Buducnost only scored thirteen points from the stripe. 30 personal fouls committed by Buducnost helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for Bosnian guard Goran Ikonic (196-80) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). American power forward Christopher Booker (208-81, college: Purdue, agency: Lanshire Group) helped adding 15 points. Serbian forward Marko Scekic (207-81) responded with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Krka (16-7) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Defending Montenegrin champion Buducnost keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. They share the position with KK Zagreb CO. Buducnost will play next round against KK Zagreb CO trying to get back on the winning streak. Krka will try to continue on its current victory against eleventh ranked Cibona in Zagreb.
Important game to mention about took place in Aleksandrovac. Tenth ranked Bosnian Igokea (11-12) saved a 2-point victory at home edging Serbian Partizan (15-8) 88-86 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Partizan. It was an exceptional evening for Serbian forward Cedomir Vitkovac (201-82, agency: Beo Basket) who led the winners and scored 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Brian Chase accounted for 13 points and 5 assists. Igokea's coach Slobodan Klipa allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Curtis Jerrells (185-87, college: Baylor) came up with 24 points and 6 assists for Partizan in the defeat. Igokea moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Defending Serbian champion Partizan keeps the second position with eight games lost. They share it with Union Olimpija. Igokea will play against Hemofarm (#9) in Vrsac in the next round. Partizan will play at home against Zadar (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
One of the most interesting games of round 23 was a derby match between two teams from Serbia. The game took place in Kragujevac where sixth ranked Radnicki won against visiting Hemofarm (11-12) 66-59. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hemofarm. The best player for the winners was Michael Lee who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Boris Savovic produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds for the guests. Hemofarm's coach Zeljko Lukajic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Radnicki maintains sixth place with 12-11 record. Hemofarm at the other side keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Radnicki will meet Siroki TT Kabeli (#12) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hemofarm will play against Igokea (#7) in Aleksandrovac and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
One of the most interesting games of round 23 was a derby match between two teams from Croatia. Fourteenth ranked Zadar won against visiting Cibona (10-13) 93-88. Devan Downey orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 8 assists. Cibona's coach Drazen Anzulovic tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Zadar (7-16) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Crvena Zvezda. Defending Croatian champion Cibona keeps the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Zadar's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Partizan in Beograd and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Zagreb. 4th placed Croatian host KK Zagreb CO (13-10) lost to third ranked Slovenian Union Olimpija (15-8) 89-85. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of KK Zagreb CO. It was a great evening for Goran Jagodnik who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 8 rebounds. Union Olimpija's coach Jurij Zdovc used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Union Olimpija. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Partizan. Loser KK Zagreb CO keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. Union Olimpija will face CEZ Nymburk (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KK Zagreb CO will play against Buducnost (#4) in Podgorica and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 23 Siroki TT lost to Crvena Zvezda on the opponent's court 70-81. CEZ Nymburk managed to outperform Cedevita in a home game 90-86.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 29 points and 8 rebounds by Luka Zoric of KK Zagreb CO.


KK Zagreb CO - Union Olimpija 85-89

The game between Top Four teams took place in Zagreb. 4th placed Croatian host KK Zagreb CO (13-10) lost to third ranked Slovenian Union Olimpija (15-8) 89-85. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of KK Zagreb CO. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 28-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Union Olimpija made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for forward Goran Jagodnik (203-74, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 8 rebounds. American swingman Kenny Gregory (197-78, college: Kansas) helped adding 17 points. Four Union Olimpija players scored in double figures. Union Olimpija's coach Jurij Zdovc used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Power forward Luka Zoric (211-84) responded with 29 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85) scored 17 points and 5 assists. The victory was the third consecutive win for Union Olimpija. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Partizan. Loser KK Zagreb CO keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. Union Olimpija will face CEZ Nymburk (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KK Zagreb CO will play against Buducnost (#4) in Podgorica and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Union Olimpija: G.Jagodnik 23+8reb+2ast, S.Ozbolt 17+2reb+2ast, K.Gregory 17+4reb+2ast, V.Ilievski 13+1reb+3ast, D.Markota 7+3reb+1ast, A.Anagonye 4+5reb+1ast
KK Zagreb CO: L.Zoric 29+8reb+2ast, K.Simon 17+3reb+5ast, M.Kasun 12+5reb+1ast, A.Renfroe 10+1reb+2ast, D.Mulaomerovic 9+2reb+6ast, D.Rancic 7+7reb+1ast
gschID: 92599


Crvena Zvezda - Siroki TT 81-70

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Beograd where 12th ranked Bosnian Siroki TT Kabeli (9-14) was defeated by thirteenth ranked Serbian Crvena Zvezda (7-16) 81-70 on Friday. The game without a history. Crvena Zvezda led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Siroki TT Kabeli's 24 and made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Siroki TT Kabeli was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American forward Ricardo Marsh (202-81, college: ODU) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Jahmar Young (196-86, college: N.Mexico St.) helped adding 18 points. Croatian guard Sinisa Stemberger (195-79) responded with 24 points and 4 steals and Croatian guard Fran Pilepic (192-89) scored 13 points. Four Siroki TT Kabeli players scored in double figures. Siroki TT Kabeli's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Crvena Zvezda maintains thirteenth place with 7-16 record, which they share with Zadar. Siroki TT Kabeli lost their third game in a row. Defending Bosnian champion keeps the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Crvena Zvezda will face higher ranked Cedevita (#8) in Zagreb in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: R.Marsh 23+6reb+2ast, J.Young 18+3reb, V.Subotic 11+5reb, B.Bakic 9+2reb+1ast, U.Nikolic 8+5reb+2ast, N.Nedovic 5+2reb+4ast
Siroki TT: S.Stemberger 24+1reb+1ast, F.Pilepic 13+4reb, I.Grgat 12+5reb, S.Spralja 11+4reb+1ast, V.Morovic 8+4reb+2ast, J.Naletilic 2+2ast
gschID: 92597


CEZ Nymburk - Cedevita 90-86

There was a surprise result when tenth ranked Czech CEZ Nymburk (11-12) defeated at home higher ranked Croatian Cedevita (11-12) 90-86 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 26-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. CEZ Nymburk made 27-of-35 free shots (77.1 percent) during the game. CEZ Nymburk outrebounded Cedevita 42-28 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Cedevita was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for forward Ladislav Sokolovsky (200-77) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 9 rebounds. Israeli-French guard Afik Nissim (180-81, agency: Beo Basket) helped adding 19 points and 4 assists. CEZ Nymburk's coach Ronen Ginzburg used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston) responded with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and center Andrija Zizic (207-80, agency: Beo Basket) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four CEZ Nymburk and five Cedevita players scored in double figures. Defending Czech champion moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Cedevita. Cedevita lost their fourth game in a row. CEZ Nymburk will face higher ranked Union Olimpija (#3) in Ljubljana in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: A.Nissim 19+1reb+4ast, L.Sokolovsky 17+9reb, D.Christmas 12+10reb+1ast, R.Necas 10+7reb+2ast, M.Kremen 10+2reb, P.Benda 9+8reb+1ast
Cedevita: D.Draper 19+5reb+4ast, A.Zizic 17+6reb, B.Wright 16+3reb+1ast, V.Vukusic 12+4reb+1ast, M.Bazdaric 12+3reb+5ast, D.Rudez 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 92598


Igokea - Partizan 88-86

Important game to mention about took place in Aleksandrovac. Tenth ranked Bosnian Igokea (11-12) saved a 2-point victory at home edging second-ranked Serbian Partizan (15-8) 88-86 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Partizan. The hosts were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 33-22 Partizan's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 88-86 at the end of the game. Igokea made 26-of-32 charity shots (81.3 percent) during the game. Partizan was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for Serbian forward Cedomir Vitkovac (201-82, agency: Beo Basket) who led the winners and scored 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). American guard Brian Chase (178-81, college: Virginia Tech) accounted for 13 points and 5 assists for the winning side. Four Igokea players scored in double figures. Igokea's coach Slobodan Klipa allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Curtis Jerrells (185-87, college: Baylor) came up with 24 points and 6 assists and the other American import forward James Gist (203-86) added 17 points and 4 steals respectively for Partizan in the defeat. Igokea moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Defending Serbian champion Partizan keeps the second position with eight games lost. They share it with Union Olimpija. Igokea will play against Hemofarm (#9) in Vrsac in the next round. Partizan will play at home against Zadar (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Igokea: C.Vitkovac 15+7reb+4ast, N.Joksimovic 14+1reb+2ast, B.Chase 13+3reb+5ast, J.Florence 13+1reb+1ast, M.Pantic 10+2reb+1ast, Z.Rakocevic 8+3reb
Partizan: C.Jerrells 24+4reb+6ast, J.Gist 17+2reb+1ast, J.Vesely 13+7reb, N.Jawai 9+4reb, D.Kecman 8+5ast, R.Katic 7+5reb
gschID: 92595


Radnicki - Hemofarm 66-59

One of the most interesting games of round 23 was a derby match between two teams from Serbia. The game took place in Kragujevac where sixth ranked Radnicki won against visiting Hemofarm (11-12) 66-59. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hemofarm. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-16. But Hemofarm won second period 21-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Radnicki forced 20 Hemofarm turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Michael Lee (207-86) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Swingman Marko Cakarevic (200-88, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 6 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Boris Savovic (206-87) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and guard Marko Sutalo (194-83) added 14 points respectively for the guests. Hemofarm's coach Zeljko Lukajic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Radnicki maintains sixth place with 12-11 record. Hemofarm at the other side keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Radnicki will meet Siroki TT Kabeli (#12) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hemofarm will play against Igokea (#7) in Aleksandrovac and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Radnicki: M.Lee 21+11reb+3ast, V.Vukosavljevic 13+1reb+1ast, S.Markovic 7+5ast, P.Miletic 6+5reb+2ast, M.Cakarevic 6+11reb+6ast, V.Aleksic 5+1reb+3ast
Hemofarm: B.Savovic 15+12reb, M.Sutalo 14+2reb+1ast, M.Borisov 8+1reb, M.Abdul-Hamid 6+1reb+3ast, M.Bozovic 5+8reb+1ast, J.Jordan 4+6reb
gschID: 92596


Zadar - Cibona 93-88

One of the most interesting games of round 23 was a derby match between two teams from Croatia. Fourteenth ranked Zadar won against visiting Cibona (10-13) 93-88. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Cibona helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Devan Downey (175-87, college: S.Carolina) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 8 assists. His fellow American import forward Brandon Brown (202-81, college: Tulane) contributed with 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Zadar players scored in double figures. Bosnian-Croatian swingman Bojan Bogdanovic (202-89) answered with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and guard Goran Vrbanc (194-84) added 30 points (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!) in the effort for Cibona. Cibona's coach Drazen Anzulovic tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Zadar (7-16) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Crvena Zvezda. Defending Croatian champion Cibona keeps the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Zadar's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Partizan in Beograd and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Zadar: B.Brown 22+7reb, D.Downey 20+3reb+8ast, M.Car 19+4reb+2ast, M.Dundovic 16+1reb, P.Marcinkovic 9+3reb+1ast, M.Bilan 5+2reb+1ast
Cibona: G.Vrbanc 30+2reb, B.Bogdanovic 27+5reb+6ast, T.Zubcic 10+5reb+2ast, G.Giricek 7+3reb+2ast, A.Krapic 7+3reb, J.Garma 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 92594


Krka - Buducnost 80-73

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Slovenian Krka as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Krka defeated 4th placed Montenegrin Buducnost in Novo Mesto 80-73. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 45-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Krka made 29-of-36 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game, while Buducnost only scored thirteen points from the stripe. 30 personal fouls committed by Buducnost helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for Bosnian guard Goran Ikonic (196-80) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). American power forward Christopher Booker (208-81, college: Purdue, agency: Lanshire Group) helped adding 15 points. Serbian forward Marko Scekic (207-81) responded with 22 points and 6 rebounds and Montenegrin power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Krka (16-7) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Defending Montenegrin champion Buducnost keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. They share the position with KK Zagreb CO. Buducnost will play next round against KK Zagreb CO trying to get back on the winning streak. Krka will try to continue on its current victory against eleventh ranked Cibona in Zagreb.
Top scorers:
Krka: G.Ikonic 27+1ast, C.Booker 15+4reb+1ast, S.Pavic 10+6reb, B.Krivec 9+3ast, Z.Dragic 8+4reb, D.Djordjevic 4+2reb+6ast
Buducnost: M.Scekic 22+6reb+1ast, V.Dragicevic 14+5reb+3ast, A.Mitrovic 10+2reb, S.Sehovic 8+2reb+1ast, M.Simonovic 7+4reb+1ast, M.Djukanovic 5+2ast
gschID: 92593




Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Krka 16-7 
 2. Partizan 15-8 
 3. Union Olimpija 15-8 
 4. Buducnost 13-10 
 5. KK Zagreb CO 13-10 
 6. Radnicki 12-11 
 7. Igokea 11-12 
 8. Cedevita 11-12 
 9. Hemofarm 11-12 
 10. CEZ Nymburk 11-12 
 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: 20.2
 1. Lee, Radnicki20.2 
 2. Zoric, KK.20.1 
 3. Bogdanovic, Cibona19.3 
 4. Macvan, Hemofarm19.2 
 5. Marsh, Crvena Z.18.6 
 6. Draper, Cedevita17.8 
 7. Edwards, Cedevita17.5 
 8. Chase, Igokea16.3 
 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, Igokea7.4 
 3. Dragicevic, Buduc.7.0 
 4. Macvan, Hemofarm6.8 
 5. Gist, Partizan6.6 
 6. Kasun, KK.6.2 
 7. Benda, CEZ Nymburk6.0 
 8. Savovic, Hemofarm5.9 
 9. Necas, CEZ Nymburk5.9 
 10. Lee, Radnicki5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Draper, Cedevita5.4 
 2. Pavkovic, Hemofarm5.0 
 3. Markovic, Radnicki4.9 
 4. Morovic, Siroki TT4.1 
 5. Chase, Igokea3.9 
 6. Ilievski, Union O.3.8 
 7. Renfroe, KK.3.7 
 8. Nissim, CEZ N.3.5 
 9. Car, Zadar3.4 
 10. Mulaomerovic, KK Za.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Draper, Cedevita2.3 
 2. Lee, Radnicki2.2 
 3. Stemberger, Siroki T.2.1 
 4. Dragic, Krka1.9 
 5. Car, Zadar1.9 
 6. Renfroe, KK.1.9 
 7. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.9 
 8. Ozbolt, Union O.1.6 
 9. Cakarevic, Radnicki1.6 
 10. Simmons, CEZ N.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Zoric, KK.1.4 
 2. Nikolic, Crvena Z.1.1 
 3. Dragicevic, Buduc.1.0 
 4. Radosevic, Cibona0.9 
 5. Gist, Partizan0.8 
 6. Shermadini, Union O.0.8 
 7. Bilan, Zadar0.7 
 8. Vesely, Partizan0.7 
 9. Kasun, KK.0.7 
 10. Jawai, Partizan0.7 


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  ARGENTINA   


Halcones Rojos prevail against Regatas Corrientes in Xalapa - by Eurobasket News
Halcones Rojos - Regatas Corrientes 74:70

Halcones Rojos gained the first win in the Liga Americas Final Four. They outscored Regatas Corrientes of Argentina to improve at 1-1 record. Jaime Lloreda (201-F/C-80, college: LSU) delivered 22 points to pace the winners. Halcones Rojos will face Halcones Xalapa in the final day of the tournament for a chance to win the trophy. Regatas Corrientes slipped at 1-1 and would take on undefeated Capitanes de Arecibo.
The first half saw a tight battle. Regatas managed to pull in front 14:12 after ten minutes. The Argentinean team boosted the margin to three points 37:34 at the interval. Regatas maintained the lead throughout the third frame. They entered the final period up by three points 57:54. But Halcones turned things around with a 12:0 run midway through the final stanza. Regatas could not recover after a blow and had to surrender at the end. Brandon Robinson (202-F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Auburn) produced 21 points and 9 boards. Paul Stoll (178-G-85) added 12 points in the victory. Federico Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) and Ramzee Stanton (197-F-80, agency: Dream Team Management, college: W.Chester) responded with 16 points each for Regatas. Eduardo Villares (188-G-79) had 11 points in the loss.

Halcones Rojos: Jaime Lloreda 22, Brandon Robinson 21, Paul Stoll 12
Regatas Corrientes: Federico Kammerichs 16, Ramzee Stanton 16



Argentinian LigaA round 22 (Second Stage) best performance: Juan Gutierrez - by Eurobasket News
Naturalized Italian power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Obras, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22 (Second Stage).
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 20 rebounds, while his team edged out Libertad S. (#7, 12-10) 64-60. It allowed Obras to consolidate first place in the Italian LigaA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Obras has a very solid 16-6 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Gutierrez turned to be Obras' top player in his first season with the team. Juan Gutierrez has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (6th best: 16.7ppg) and averages impressive 1.1bpg and 57.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American Robert Battle (204-C-81, agency: Dream Team Management) of Libertad S.. Battle had a very good evening with 8 points and 20 rebounds. Bad luck as Libertad S. was edged by the higher-ranked Obras (#1, 16-6) 64-60. This loss caused Libertad S. to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Battle is a newcomer at Libertad S., but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Diego Romero (209-C-82) of Gimnasia CR (#5). Romero scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Romero's great performance Gimnasia CR lost 79-80 to the lower-ranked Sionista (#16, 7-15). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Gimnasia CR needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 13 victories and 9 lost games. Romero has a very solid season. In 36 games in Argentina he scored 9.1ppg. He also has 4.9rpg and FGP: 55.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Pepe Sanchez (193-G-77) of Estudiantes - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Jerome Meyinsse (206-F/C-88) of Club 9 - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Derrick Alston (208-C/F-72) of Boca Jrs - 13 points and 12 rebounds
7. Joseph Bunn (198-F/C-75) of Argentino - 25 points and 5 rebounds
8. Andre Laws (186-G-80) of Olimpico LB - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Djibril Kante (201-C-80) of Olimpico LB - 17 points and 5 rebounds
10. Edward Nelson (203-F-82) of Estudiantes - 19 points and 10 rebounds

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


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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


October dates set for FIBA Asia U16 events - by Maarouf Mawloud
The dates for the FIBA Asia U16 events for 2011 have been finalized.
Urumqi in China will host the 2nd FIBA Asia U16 Championship for Women from 5-12 Oct, 2011. Among other
important events, Urumqi had earlier hosted the 2006 FIBA Asia U18 Championship.
Nh Trang City, a beach resort town in Vietnam, will host the 2nd FIBA Asia Championship. Vietnamese capital
Ho Chi Minh City was originally slated to host this event. This event marks Vietnams debut as a host for a FIBA
Asia event.
The two FIBA Asia U16 events are qualifying events for the corresponding FIBA World U17 events to be held in
2012.
With the finalization of these dates, the countdown for the FIBA Asia events this year has begun, said FIBA Asia
Secretary General Dato Yeoh Choo Hock.
We have a long and challenging year ahead of us. But I am confident each of the hosts will rise to the occasion
and give us a successful event, he added.
The charm of this years calendar is in the challenge itself. I am sure we will come out, as always, with flying
colors, Dato Yeoh said.
FIBA Asia will run exclusive, dedicated and special event websites for all the events.


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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. Khazzouh, Sydney K.17.5 
 5. Williams, Tigers17.4 
 6. Clark, Blaze17.3 
 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: 9.9
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.9.9 
 2. Davidson, Hawks8.0 
 3. Vukona, Breakers7.8 
 4. Nevill, Tigers7.4 
 5. Brown, Wildcats7.1 
 6. Holmes, 36ers7.0 
 7. Worthington, Blaze7.0 
 8. Crosswhite, Taipa.7.0 
 9. Clark, Blaze6.7 
 10. Burston, Tigers6.6 
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. Shannon, 36ers4.3 
 7. Saville, Hawks4.3 
 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. Carter, 36ers1.3 
 6. Ervin, Hawks1.3 
 7. Williams, Tigers1.3 
 8. Tovey, Wildcats1.3 
 9. Braswell, Breakers1.3 
 10. Shannon, 36ers1.3 
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. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.0 
 8. Schenscher, Croco.1.0 
 9. Freeman, Croco.0.9 
 10. Gilder, Sydney K.0.9 


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


NBL Round 21: New Zealand Breakers beat Townsville Crocodiles by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

Second-ranked Townsville Crocodiles (14-10) were very close to win a game against first ranked New Zealand Breakers (19-5) in Auckland on Thursday. New Zealand Breakers managed to secure only one-point victory 66-65. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 66-65. It was a good game for guard Kirk Penney (196-80, college: Wisconsin) who saved his team from a defeat with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Fiji-New Zealand forward Mika Vukona (197-82) contributed with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. The former international center Luke Schenscher (216-82, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Priority Sports) answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds for Townsville Crocodiles. New Zealand Breakers maintains first place with 19-5 record. Townsville Crocodiles at the other side dropped to the third position with ten games lost. New Zealand Breakers are again looking forward to face Townsville Crocodiles (#3) in Wulguru in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Townsville Crocodiles will have a break next round.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Townsville Crocodiles (14-10) against fifth ranked Wollongong Hawks (12-12) on Saturday night. Visiting Townsville Crocodiles were defeated by Wollongong Hawks in Gwynneville 87-77. Center Larry Davidson (207-83, college: Boise St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and Gary Ervin chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Wollongong Hawks' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was the former international power forward Russell Hinder (208-79, college: Augusta St.) with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Wollongong Hawks moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Taipans. Townsville Crocodiles at the other side dropped to the third position with ten games lost. Wollongong Hawks will play against Adelaide 36ers (#8) in Findon in the next round. Townsville Crocodiles will play at home against the league's leader New Zealand Breakers (#1) in Auckland and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Perth Wildcats (15-10) which hosted in Perth 4th placed Cairns Taipans (12-12). Second ranked Perth Wildcats had an easy win 83-60. Matthew Knight nailed 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Perth Wildcats' coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ronald Dorsey came up with 11 points and 5 rebounds for Cairns Taipans in the defeat. Defending champion maintains second place with 15-10 record having three points less than leader Breakers. Loser Cairns Taipans keep the fourth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Hawks. Perth Wildcats will meet at home Gold Coast Blaze (#6) in the next round. Cairns Taipans will play against Melbourne Tigers and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Kings managed to get a seventh victory. This time they won against seventh-ranked Melbourne Tigers in Sydney 95-86. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Melbourne Tigers. The best player for the winners was Julian Khazzouh who scored 28 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Kings' coach Ian Robilliard used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Kings maintains ninth place with 7-17 record. Melbourne Tigers at the other side keep the seventh position with 14 games lost. Kings' next round opponent will be higher ranked Adelaide 36ers (#8) in Findon and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game in Findon was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Cairns Taipans (12-12) played at the court of 8th ranked Adelaide 36ers (8-15). Cairns Taipans managed to secure a 5-point victory 75-70 on Friday. It was a good game for Alexander Loughton who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Cairns Taipans maintains fourth place with 12-12 record, which they share with Hawks. Adelaide 36ers lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 15 games lost. Cairns Taipans will face Melbourne Tigers (#7) at home in the next round. Adelaide 36ers will play against Kings in Sydney and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Wildcats - Taipans 83-60

An interesting game for Perth Wildcats (15-10) which hosted in Perth 4th placed Cairns Taipans (12-12). Second ranked Perth Wildcats had an easy win 83-60. The game without a history. Perth Wildcats led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Perth Wildcats outrebounded Cairns Taipans 40-29 including 30 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The former international power forward Matthew Knight (204-85, college: Loyola Marymount) nailed 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and American guard Kevin Lisch (188, college: St.Louis, agency: Warren Sports International) accounted for 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Perth Wildcats players scored in double figures. Perth Wildcats' coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Ronald Dorsey (197-83, college: McNeese St.) came up with 11 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import guard Ayinde Ubaka (193-85, college: California) added 14 points respectively for Cairns Taipans in the defeat. Defending champion maintains second place with 15-10 record having three points less than leader Breakers. Loser Cairns Taipans keep the fourth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Hawks. Perth Wildcats will meet at home Gold Coast Blaze (#6) in the next round. Cairns Taipans will play against Melbourne Tigers and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Taipans: A.Ubaka 14+3reb+2ast, A.Loughton 14+1reb+2ast, R.Dorsey 11+5reb+3ast, I.Crosswhite 7+7reb+1ast, D.Rychart 6+9reb, L.Tait 4+1reb+1ast
Wildcats: M.Knight 21+7reb, K.Lisch 14+5reb+5ast, D.Martin 13+6reb+2ast, S.Weigh 12+4reb+4ast, A.Brown 8+3reb+1ast, C.Tovey 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 94636


36ers - Taipans 70-75

The game in Findon was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Cairns Taipans (12-12) played at the court of 8th ranked Adelaide 36ers (8-15). Cairns Taipans managed to secure a 5-point victory 75-70 on Friday. The guests trailed by 15 points after three quarters before their 27-7 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Cairns Taipans dominated on the defensive end, holding Adelaide 36ers to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Cairns Taipans forced 19 Adelaide 36ers turnovers. It was a good game for the former international power forward Alexander Loughton (205-83, college: ODU) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. American swingman Ronald Dorsey (197-83, college: McNeese St.) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Adam Ballinger (205-79, college: Michigan St.) answered with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks and center Daniel Johnson (212-88, college: Pepperdine) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Adelaide 36ers. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Cairns Taipans maintains fourth place with 12-12 record, which they share with Hawks. Adelaide 36ers lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 15 games lost. Cairns Taipans will face Melbourne Tigers (#7) at home in the next round. Adelaide 36ers will play against Kings in Sydney and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
36ers: A.Ballinger 14+7reb+3ast, D.Johnson 13+9reb+1ast, B.Hill 11+7reb, E.Shannon 10+1reb+4ast, R.Carter 9+1reb+2ast, M.Creek 5+2reb
Taipans: A.Loughton 21+11reb+1ast, R.Dorsey 19+6reb, I.Crosswhite 12+5reb+3ast, D.Rychart 10+5reb, A.Ubaka 8+5reb+8ast, D.Brebner 3
gschID: 94633


Hawks - Crocodiles 87-77

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Townsville Crocodiles (14-10) against fifth ranked Wollongong Hawks (12-12) on Saturday night. Visiting Townsville Crocodiles were defeated by Wollongong Hawks in Gwynneville 87-77. The game was mostly controlled by Wollongong Hawks. Townsville Crocodiles was better in fourth quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Wollongong Hawks made 24-of-30 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Wollongong Hawks outrebounded Townsville Crocodiles 38-23 including a 24-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Townsville Crocodiles were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Center Larry Davidson (207-83, college: Boise St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and American guard Gary Ervin (186-83, college: Arkansas) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Wollongong Hawks' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was the former international power forward Russell Hinder (208-79, college: Augusta St.) with 11 points and 8 rebounds and the former international center Luke Schenscher (216-82, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Priority Sports) scored 14 points. Four Townsville Crocodiles players scored in double figures. Wollongong Hawks moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Taipans. Townsville Crocodiles at the other side dropped to the third position with ten games lost. Wollongong Hawks will play against Adelaide 36ers (#8) in Findon in the next round. Townsville Crocodiles will play at home against the league's leader New Zealand Breakers (#1) in Auckland and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Crocodiles: R.Ellis 14+2reb, L.Schenscher 14+4reb+1ast, N.Crosswell 12+1ast, R.Hinder 11+8reb, P.Crawford 11+2reb, B.Williamson 7+3reb
Hawks: O.Forman 19+4reb, G.Ervin 18+5reb+7ast, L.Davidson 17+14reb+3ast, D.Gruber 9+5reb, M.Campbell 9+1reb+1ast, T.Demos 6+1reb
gschID: 94634


Sydney K. - Tigers 95-86

Bottom-ranked Kings managed to get a seventh victory. This time they won against seventh-ranked Melbourne Tigers in Sydney 95-86. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Melbourne Tigers. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 27-25 Melbourne Tigers' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 95-86 at the end of the game. Kings players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international center Julian Khazzouh (211-86) who scored 28 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Guard Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta St.) chipped in 22 points. Kings' coach Ian Robilliard used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was Jamaican-American guard Corey Williams (191-77, college: Alabama St.) who recorded 22 points and 6 assists and naturalized British guard Daryl Corletto (193-81) added 24 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kings maintains ninth place with 7-17 record. Melbourne Tigers at the other side keep the seventh position with 14 games lost. Kings' next round opponent will be higher ranked Adelaide 36ers (#8) in Findon and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Tigers: D.Corletto 24+2reb+2ast, C.Williams 22+3reb+6ast, L.Walker 11+8reb+3ast, B.Lewis 10, C.Tragardh 6+2reb, M.Burston 4+5reb+1ast
Sydney K.: J.Khazzouh 28+5reb+2ast, B.Madgen 22+3reb+2ast, B.Knight 18+5reb+2ast, T.Gilder 14+2reb+1ast, P.Sanders 5+2reb+1ast, L.Martin 4+4reb+4ast
gschID: 94635


Breakers - Crocodiles 66-65

Second-ranked Townsville Crocodiles (14-10) were very close to win a game against first ranked New Zealand Breakers (19-5) in Auckland on Thursday. New Zealand Breakers managed to secure only one-point victory 66-65. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 66-65. It was a good game for guard Kirk Penney (196-80, college: Wisconsin) who saved his team from a defeat with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Fiji-New Zealand forward Mika Vukona (197-82) contributed with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four New Zealand Breakers players scored in double figures. The former international center Luke Schenscher (216-82, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Priority Sports) answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Will Blalock (183-83, college: Iowa St., agency: Priority Sports) added 15 points in the effort for Townsville Crocodiles. New Zealand Breakers maintains first place with 19-5 record. Townsville Crocodiles at the other side dropped to the third position with ten games lost. New Zealand Breakers are again looking forward to face Townsville Crocodiles (#3) in Wulguru in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Townsville Crocodiles will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Crocodiles: L.Schenscher 16+6reb, W.Blalock 15+3reb+3ast, R.Ellis 8+5reb+3ast, P.Crawford 8+5reb+3ast, M.Cedar 6+2reb+3ast, R.Hinder 5+5reb+2ast
Breakers: K.Penney 20+6reb+3ast, G.Wilkinson 12+7reb, C.Bruton 11+1ast, M.Vukona 10+8reb+6ast, K.Braswell 8+1reb+2ast, T.Abercrombie 3+6reb+1ast
gschID: 94632




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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Standings
Group A
 1. Gmunden 21-6 
 2. Arkadia 18-9 
 3. Furstenfeld 16-10 
 4. Oberwart 16-11 
 5. Kapfenberg 14-12 
 6. Klosterneub. 14-13 
Group B
 1. Wels 16-11 
 2. UBSC Graz 13-14 
 3. BC Vienna 11-15 
 4. Gussing 11-16 
 5. St.Polten 8-18 
 6. Worthersee 2-25 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  Furstenfeld
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.4 
 2. Vay, Arkadia20.4 
 3. Kennedy, Worth.19.4 
 4. Houston, Arkadia18.8 
 5. Brokenboroug., Wel.18.8 
 6. Shavies, Furstenf.18.3 
 7. Mayes, Gmunden17.4 
 8. Heard, Gussing17.2 
 9. Miletic, UBSC G.17.0 
 10. Ray, Furstenfeld16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna9.7 
 2. Heard, Gussing9.1 
 3. Johnson, Oberwart8.5 
 4. Stazic, BC Vienna7.9 
 5. Volcic, Oberwart7.8 
 6. Vay, Arkadia7.8 
 7. Graham, UBSC G.7.6 
 8. Mayer, Gmunden7.6 
 9. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.7.4 
 10. Oppland, Gmunden7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.8.0 
 2. Carr, BC Vienna7.5 
 3. Holcomb-Faye, Wels6.6 
 4. Danek, Arkadia6.1 
 5. Schreiner, St.Po.6.0 
 6. Miletic, UBSC G.4.7 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna4.4 
 8. Boylan, Gmunden4.4 
 9. Parker, Oberwart4.4 
 10. Lanegger, Kapfe.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas SCHREINER
  St.Polten
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Schreiner, St.Po.2.5 
 2. Boylan, Gmunden2.3 
 3. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 4. Jandl, St.Polten2.1 
 5. Parker, Oberwart2.1 
 6. Ray, Furstenfeld2.0 
 7. Vay, Arkadia1.8 
 8. Stazic, BC Vienna1.7 
 9. Danek, Arkadia1.7 
 10. Bachlechner, Worth.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  Furstenfeld
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna2.3 
 2. Graham, UBSC G.1.5 
 3. Hampton, Furstenf.1.3 
 4. Slack, Gmunden1.0 
 5. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.0 
 6. Vay, Arkadia1.0 
 7. Miljkovic, BC Vi.0.9 
 8. Heard, Gussing0.8 
 9. N''Diaye, BC.0.7 
 10. Koch, Gussing0.7 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Round 23: VEF Riga win regular season - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in Baltic League just ended.

The game between third ranked Estonian TU/Rock (14-8) and sixth ranked Lithuanian Nevezis (13-9) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. TU/Rock was crushed by Nevezis in Kedainiai 81-55. The game without a history. Nevezis 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 TU/Rock's 32. They outrebounded TU/Rock 48-32 including 17 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was forward Lukas Brazdauskis (203-88) who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Swiss-Lithuanian guard Rolandas Alijevas (192-85) chipped in 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Vallo Allingu (206-78) produced 14 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Nevezis moved-up to fifth place. Estonian champion TU/Rock clinched the third position with eight games lost.
Latvian VEF Riga delivered the seventeenth victory. This time they crushed 5th ranked Lithuanian Siauliai (13-9) 83-62. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Siauliai. Belarusian center Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87, college: Radford) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Dairis Bertans contributed with 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. VEF Riga's coach Rimas Kurtinaitis felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Vytautas Sarakauskas (203-82) answered with 8 points and 6 assists for Siauliai. VEF Riga won the regular season with 17-5 record. Siauliai at the other side occupied the fifth position with nine games lost.
The game in Norrkoping was also quite interesting. Second ranked Latvian Ventspils (17-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Swedish Norrkoping Dolphins (9-13). Ventspils defeated Norrkoping Dolphins 92-82 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Norrkoping Dolphins. It was a great evening for Rashad Anderson who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 4 assists. Randall Hanke responded with 17 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ventspils finished in the second place in the ladder. Swedish champion Norrkoping Dolphins kept the eighth place with 13 games lost.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Prienai. Local Rudupis (14-8) outscored 10th ranked Latvian Liepaja (7-15) 110-78. It was a quality performance for Vytenis Lipkevicius who led the winners and scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rudupis moved-up to fourth place. Liepaja at the other side keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost.

In the last game of round 23 Kalev/Cramo defeated Valmiera in Tallinn 81-63.
The best stats of 23th round was 16 points and 8 rebounds by Martins Meiers of Liepaja.


Elite
Valmiera - Kalev/Cramo 63-81

There was no surprise when 12th ranked Latvian Valmiera (1-21) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Estonian Kalev/Cramo (12-10) 81-63. It was an exceptional evening for forward Joosep Toome (202-85) who led the winners and scored 15 points. American center Michael Dunigan (208-89, college: Oregon, agency: N.E.T.) accounted for 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Four Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. Kalev/Cramo's coach Aivar Kuusmaa used entire bench saving starting five for next games. Power forward Pavels Veselovs (207-83) came up with 13 points and 7 rebounds and guard Janis Kaufmanis (185-89) added 13 points respectively for Valmiera in the defeat. Kalev/Cramo ended the regular season in the seventh place with 12-10 record. Valmiera lost fifth consecutive game. They kept the twelfth position with 21 games lost.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: J.Toome 15+3reb+3ast, R.Keerles 14+2reb, M.Dunigan 13+7reb, A.Skele 10+3reb+4ast, T.Sokk 8+4ast, G.Dorbek 6+5reb+3ast
Valmiera: J.Kaufmanis 13+4reb+2ast, P.Veselovs 13+7reb+2ast, R.Gabrans 10+2reb+1ast, J.Berzins 8+1reb, V.Iljins 7+4reb+2ast, O.Virsis 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 117300


Rudupis - Liepaja 110-78

The game with biggest result difference took place in Prienai. Local Rudupis (14-8) outscored 10th ranked Latvian Liepaja (7-15) 110-78. It looked good early as Liepaja took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Rudupis had a 36-14 second period charge getting the lead and Liepaja was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 78-110. Rudupis dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Liepaja's 32. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. It was a quality performance for forward Vytenis Lipkevicius (198-89) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Swingman Adas Juskevicius (194-89) accounted for 14 points and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winning side. Center Martins Meiers (203-91) came up with 16 points and 8 rebounds and forward Mareks Mejeris (199-91) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Liepaja in the defeat. Four Liepaja 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. Rudupis moved-up to the fourth place in the standings. Liepaja at the other side kept the tenth position with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: V.Lipkevicius 16+5reb+3ast, E.Dainys 14+3ast, A.Juskevicius 14+3reb+4ast, G.Jankauskas 13, R.Bitinas 12+2ast, P.Ivanauskas 9+3reb+4ast
Liepaja: M.Meiers 16+8reb+3ast, M.Mejeris 14+8reb, A.Mitchell 12+7ast, P.Caldwell 11+3reb+2ast, J.Aleksejevs 7+5reb+1ast, J.Kosuskins 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 117301


VEF Riga - Siauliai 83-62

Latvian VEF Riga delivered the seventeenth victory. This time they crushed 5th ranked Lithuanian Siauliai (13-9) 83-62. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Siauliai. The game was mostly controlled by VEF Riga. Siauliai was better in third quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Siauliai to just 7 points in fourth quarter. VEF Riga made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Siauliai 34-22 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. VEF Riga shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 72.2 percentage. Belarusian center Artsiom Parakhouski (211-87, college: Radford) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Swingman Dairis Bertans (192-89) contributed with 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four VEF Riga players scored in double figures. VEF Riga's coach Rimas Kurtinaitis felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Vytautas Sarakauskas (203-82) answered with 8 points and 6 assists and guard Zygimantas Janavicius (192-89, agency: Interperformances) added 9 points in the effort for Siauliai. VEF Riga won the regular season with 17-5 record. Siauliai at the other side occupied the fifth position with nine games lost.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: S.Valters 21+2reb+1ast, D.Bertans 19+2reb+4ast, A.Parakhouski 16+7reb+2ast, B.Bakic 11+1reb+2ast, T.Hughes 8+5reb, K.Berzins 3+5reb+3ast
Siauliai: D.Weaver 10+2reb+2ast, Z.Janavicius 9+4reb+3ast, M.Zukauskas 9+1reb+5ast, V.Sarakauskas 8+4reb+6ast, M.Delas 7+3reb, E.Stanionis 7+1reb
gschID: 117302


Norrkoping - Ventspils 82-92

The game in Norrkoping was also quite interesting. Second ranked Latvian Ventspils (17-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Swedish Norrkoping Dolphins (9-13). Ventspils defeated Norrkoping Dolphins 92-82 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Norrkoping Dolphins. The game without a history. Ventspils led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great evening for American swingman Rashad Anderson (195-83, college: Connecticut) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 4 assists. Lithuanian power forward Saulius Kuzminskas (210-82, college: California) helped adding 13 points and 10 rebounds. American-British power forward Randall Hanke (211-84, college: Providence) responded with 17 points and American-British forward Oladapo Ayuba (198-86, college: UMKC) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four Ventspils and five Norrkoping Dolphins players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ventspils finished in the second place in the ladder. Swedish champion Norrkoping Dolphins kept the eighth place with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: R.Anderson 20+2reb+4ast, J.Strelnieks 13+1reb+4ast, S.Kuzminskas 13+10reb+2ast, L.Blaus 10+1reb, M.Gulbis 10+6reb+2ast, T.Carter 7+3reb+1ast
Norrkoping: R.Hanke 17+4reb+1ast, O.Ayuba 16+5reb, G.Gervin 14+4reb+2ast, A.Mitchell 13+3reb+2ast, A.Saks 12+6reb+1ast, P.Sakinis 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 117298


Nevezis - TU/Rock 81-55

The game between third ranked Estonian TU/Rock (14-8) and sixth ranked Lithuanian Nevezis (13-9) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. TU/Rock was crushed by Nevezis in Kedainiai 81-55. The game without a history. Nevezis 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 TU/Rock's 32. They outrebounded TU/Rock 48-32 including 17 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was forward Lukas Brazdauskis (203-88) who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Swiss-Lithuanian guard Rolandas Alijevas (192-85) chipped in 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Nevezis players scored in double figures. Center Vallo Allingu (206-78) produced 14 points and 9 rebounds and American power forward Callistus Eziukwu (208-85, college: Grand Valley St.) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Nevezis moved-up to fifth place. Estonian champion TU/Rock clinched the third position with eight games lost.
Top scorers:
Nevezis: L.Brazdauskis 17+7reb+1ast, P.Belevicius 12+6reb+3ast, R.Alijevas 11+6reb+5ast, E.Dimsa 10+4reb, L.Mikalauskas 10+9reb+1ast, V.Cizauskas 7+8reb+1ast
TU/Rock: V.Allingu 14+9reb, C.Eziukwu 11+8reb+2ast, R.Veideman 8+2reb, M.Doronin 6+5reb+1ast, S.Sokk 6+2reb+4ast, S.Leppik 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 117299




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Pierce CALDWELL
  Liepaja
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Caldwell, Liepaja19.1 
 2. Bergmanis, Zemgale19.0 
 3. Jurevicus, Liepaja19.0 
 4. Osby, TT.18.9 
 5. Vasylius, Neptunas16.9 
 6. Talts, TU/Rock15.5 
 7. Juskevicius, Rudupis15.5 
 8. Parakhouski, VEF R.15.3 
 9. Dimsa, Nevezis14.9 
 10. Vasiliauskas, Aiscai K.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bambale OSBY
  TTU/Kalev
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Osby, TT.11.7 
 2. Kieza, Juventus9.8 
 3. Eziukwu, TU/Rock9.0 
 4. Cipruss, Valmiera8.3 
 5. Matulis, Sakalai8.0 
 6. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.8.0 
 7. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.7.9 
 8. Stimac, Ventspils7.6 
 9. Rozitis, Zemgale7.5 
 10. Kuzminskas, Ventspils7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Rudupis
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Dainys, Rudupis5.4 
 2. Ezerskis, Techasas5.1 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai5.0 
 4. Varanauskas, Sakal.4.9 
 5. Kriisa, TT.4.9 
 6. Alijevas, Nevezis4.6 
 7. Rinkevicius, Techasas4.5 
 8. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.3 
 9. Viskontas, Perlas4.3 
 10. Vasiliauskas, Aiscai K.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Siauliai
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Broadus, Siauliai2.3 
 2. Leonavicius, Techa.2.3 
 3. Chunda, Barsy A.1.9 
 4. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.9 
 5. Dainys, Rudupis1.9 
 6. Saage, Rakvere1.9 
 7. Vasylius, Neptunas1.9 
 8. Leppik, TU/Rock1.8 
 9. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
 10. Veideman, TU/Rock1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.2 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.9 
 3. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.9 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.6 
 5. Silinskis, Techasas1.4 
 6. Parakhouski, VEF R.1.4 
 7. Cresnar, Nevezis1.3 
 8. Osby, TT.1.2 
 9. Hanke, Norrkoping1.2 
 10. Cain, VEF Riga1.1 


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Challenge Cup
 1. Sakalai 0-0 
 2. Rakvere 0-0 
 3. Barsy Atyrau 0-0 
 4. Naglis-Adakris 0-0 
Elite Division
 1. VEF Riga 17-5 
 2. Ventspils 17-5 
 3. TU/Rock 14-8 
 4. Rudupis 14-8 
 5. Siauliai 13-9 
 6. Nevezis 13-9 
 7. Kalev/Cramo 12-10 
 8. Norrkoping 9-13 
 9. Perlas 9-13 
 10. Liepaja 7-15 
 11. TTU/Kalev 6-16 
 12. Valmiera 1-21 
Challenge Cup
 1. Juventus 7-3 
 2. Aiscai Kaunas 6-4 
 3. Techasas 6-4 
 4. Neptunas 5-5 
 5. Zemgale 4-6 
 6. Alytus Alita 2-8 


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Young's 31-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
31-year old power forward Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, agency: Court Side) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Generali Okapi Aalstar and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had the game-high 31 points adding five rebounds for Aalstar in his team's victory, helping them to beat Gent (#9, 2-17) 91-76. Aalstar maintains the 2nd position in Belgian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Aalstar will need more victories to improve their 15-5 record. Young turned to be Aalstar's top player in his first season with the team. University of Michigan graduate has very impressive stats this year. Young is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 7.5rpg) and averages solid 78.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side) of Antwerp Giants. He is American forward in his first season at Antwerp. In the last game Wilson recorded impressive 32 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Antwerp cruised to a 88-78 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Verviers-Pep. (#8, 6-13). This victory allowed Antwerp to move up to 4th position in . His team's 10-9 record is not bad at all. Wilson is a newcomer at Antwerp and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Generali Okapi Aalstar's star - swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-G/F-86). Hilliard scored 16 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Aalstar, helping his team with a 91-76 easy win against the lower-ranked Gent (#9, 2-17). Aalstar needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in . Their record at this point is 15 victories and 5 lost games. Hilliard has a great season in Belgium. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.8ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 7.8rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Demond Mallet (185-G-78) of Charleroi - 23 points and 3 rebounds
5. Marcus Hatten (186-G-80) of M.Hainaut - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Rashaun Freeman (206-C/F-84) of Verviers-Pep. - 13 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Stefon Jackson (196-G-85) of Verviers-Pep. - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Luc Louves (207-F-89) of Gent - 14 points and 9 rebounds
9. Adeola Dagunduro (196-G-86) of Leuven - 9 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Ron Lewis (193-G-84) of M.Hainaut - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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Levski beat Rilski Sportist for third time this season - by Valentin Anguelov
Levski beat Rilski sportist for the third time this season. In 'Universiada' Hall they were better than the team from Samokov by the score 78-63. The two teams have offered an interesting match with a lot of lead changes but at the end there was no surprise.After a strong game in the second half of Levski has reached another success in the league and continues to be the second place with 16 wins and 4 losses, while Rilski Sportist is fourth with 8 wins and 12 losses.

The first four points in the match were for the hosts, but then the match were dead even with ups and downs on both sides of the court with frequent changes of leadership, and shortly before the end of the first part Vladimir Mijovic scored a three-pointer that gave 19-18 lead to the guests. Levski scored the first six points for the second part, and Alexander Radoevic stopped the series with a successful free throw. Then Martin Marinov scored three and was fouled to tie the score at 24. A new trey for Marinov gave an advance of three points for guests as they led in that time by 5 points. Levski were able to tie the score at 33 but there was Marinov to beat the first half buzzer for 36-33 Rilski Sportist lead.

The second half began with 9 consecutive points for Levski in only two minutes. Dragomir Marojevic ended that run with old fashion three point play for 39-42. The hosts continued to lead, but two consecutive three point plays by youngster Lubomir Kirov once again gave the visitors the lead - 50-48. However Levski ended the third quarter with 9-2 run and led 57-52 after 30 minutes of play.

Shortly after the beginning of the last quarter Levski went ahead with 9 points. Rilski Sportist cut it to 4, but the three point play by Pavel Ivanov again increased the difference. The game was decided two minutes and a half before the end when Jason Crowe scored a breakthrough basket plus one additional free throw to put his team up by 10 points. In the remaining time their lead just increased to 15 points 78-63 final score.

Priest Lauderdale (221-C-73, college: Central State) again was a huge factor in the game with another double double performance - 19 points and 11 rebounds for only 20 minutes on the court. The only other player in double digits regarding points was Jason Crowe with 14. He added 9 assists and 7 rebounds. Donald Cole, Pavel Ivanov and Aaron Harper all netted nine points.

For the guests, who played without the services of Stanislav Vaklinov, Bogdan Boev and Dimitar Karadjovski Ivan Lilov finished with 17 points while Vladimir Mijovic added Ivan by 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Both teams will now have a break in the National League as they will play next weekend in the Cup of Bulgaria Final Eight. In the first round - quarterfinals Levski will face Spartak Pleven and Rilski sportist play against Chernomorets Bourgas.



Division A Round 17: Dunav 2007 beats Beroe in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Stara Zagora. Leader Dunav 2007 faced second-ranked Beroe. Guests from Ruse (15-0) defeated host Beroe (11-4) 86-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Beroe. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-81. Dunav 2007 forced 25 Beroe turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was forward Hristo Gospodinov (202-F-92) who scored 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Power forward Vladimir Nikolov (205-88, college: Garrett JC) chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Boyko Milenkov (194-83) produced 14 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the hosts. Undefeated Dunav 2007 have an impressive series of fourteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 15-0 record. Beroe at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. Dunav 2007 are looking forward to face Chavdar (#9) in Troyan in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Beroe will play on the road against Balkan 2 (#6) in Botevgrad and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
The game in Vida was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Balkan 2 (8-7) played at the court of fifth ranked Vidabasket (8-6). Vidabasket managed to secure a 9-point victory 83-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Balkan 2. Guard Boyko Pangarov (183-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 46 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Aleksandar Mihaylov contributed with 12 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Ventsislav Stoev (182-92) answered with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Balkan 2. Vidabasket moved-up to fourth place. Newly promoted Balkan 2 dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with NSA and Rilski 2. Vidabasket will play against Cherno More U18 (#8) in Varna in the next round. Balkan 2 will play at home against the league's second-placed Beroe in Stara Zagora and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Sofia. Local NSA (8-7) outscored 11th ranked Academic Blagoevgrad (1-15) 126-72 on Sunday night. Tsvetelin Mladenov stepped up and scored 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Yavor Ivanov responded with 20 points. Academic Blagoevgrad's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. NSA moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Balkan 2 and Rilski 2. Newly promoted Academic Blagoevgrad stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. NSA will meet Sportist Svoge (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Academic Blagoevgrad will play against Academik Plovdiv.

In the last two games of round 17 Cherno More U18 was crushed by Rilski 2 in Samokov 102-62. Chavdar beat Sportist Svoge at home 92-86.


Vidabasket - Balkan 2 83-74

The game in Vida was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Balkan 2 (8-7) played at the court of fifth ranked Vidabasket (8-6). Vidabasket managed to secure a 9-point victory 83-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Balkan 2. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Balkan 2 won third quarter 22-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vidabasket made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Balkan 2 turnovers and outrebounded them 48-34 including 18 on the offensive glass. Guard Boyko Pangarov (183-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 46 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Aleksandar Mihaylov (198-76) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Ventsislav Stoev (182-92) answered with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Ivaylo Vuchkov (200-90) added 10 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Balkan 2. Four Balkan 2 players scored in double figures. Vidabasket moved-up to fourth place. Newly promoted Balkan 2 dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with NSA and Rilski 2. Vidabasket will play against Cherno More U18 (#8) in Varna in the next round. Balkan 2 will play at home against the league's second-placed Beroe in Stara Zagora and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Vidabasket: B.Pangarov 46+6reb+4ast, A.Mihaylov 12+16reb+4ast, T.Kolev 10+2ast, T.Kirov 7+9reb+5ast, Y.Yankov 4+11reb+1ast, G.Stankov 3+2reb
Balkan 2: V.Stoev 19+5reb+4ast, N.Marinov 16+1reb+2ast, P.Donchev 14+8reb+3ast, I.Vuchkov 10+11reb+6ast, R.Dundalov 7+5reb, F.Kamenov 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 113124


Rilski 2 - Cherno More U18 102-62

There was no surprise in Samokov where 8th ranked Cherno More U18 (6-9) was crushed by sixth ranked Rilski 2 (8-7) 102-62 on Sunday. The game without a history. Rilski 2 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Cherno More U18's 46. They outrebounded Cherno More U18 51-17 including a 37-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. Rilski 2 looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Cherno More U18's players. Center Mario Karailiev (206-93) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners and forward Krasimir Georgiev (198-89) chipped in 19 points and 13 rebounds. Four Rilski 2 players scored in double figures. Forward Nikolay Stoyanov (195-94) responded with 19 points and guard Anton Dikov (191-94) scored 15 points. Rilski 2 moved-up to fifth place, which they share with NSA and Balkan 2. Cherno More U18 lost their third game in a row. Cherno More U18 at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. Rilski 2 will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Cherno More U18 will play against Vidabasket (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Rilski 2: I.Tsenov 23+7reb+1ast, M.Karailiev 22+15reb, L.Kirov 20+5reb+3ast, K.Georgiev 19+13reb+2ast, I.Darin 7+1ast, D.Ivanov 5+4reb+16ast
Cherno More U18: N.Stoyanov 19+3reb+3ast, A.Dikov 15+4reb+2ast, D.Vutev 13+4reb, N.Ivanov 7+2reb, A.Natskin 6+2reb+2ast, G.Yankov 2+1reb+4ast
gschID: 113125


NSA - Academik BL 126-72

The game with biggest result difference took place in Sofia. Local NSA (8-7) outscored 11th ranked Academic Blagoevgrad (1-15) 126-72 on Sunday night. The game without a history. NSA led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 88 of its points in the paint compared to Academic Blagoevgrad's 42. They outrebounded Academic Blagoevgrad 59-28 including a 41-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Tsvetelin Mladenov (190-90) stepped up and scored 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and forward Ventsislav Manuilov (202-91) chipped in 22 points and 13 rebounds. Five NSA players scored in double figures. The former international forward Yavor Ivanov (195-84) responded with 20 points and forward Boyan Tenev (205-88, college: Lincoln Memorial) scored 20 points. Academic Blagoevgrad's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. NSA moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Balkan 2 and Rilski 2. Newly promoted Academic Blagoevgrad stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. NSA will meet Sportist Svoge (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Academic Blagoevgrad will play against Academik Plovdiv.
Top scorers:
NSA: T.Mladenov 23+9reb+5ast, V.Manuilov 22+13reb+1ast, G.Tomov 20+8reb+2ast, A.Iliev 18+13reb+1ast, H.Anguelov 13+7reb+2ast, D.Dikov 10+2reb+1ast
Academik BL: Y.Ivanov 20+4reb, B.Tenev 20+1ast, I.Kraykov 11+8reb, K.Atanasov 8+5reb+2ast, D.Georgiev 6+3reb, I.Mirchev 3
gschID: 113121


Chavdar - Sportist Svoge 92-86

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Chavdar's (4-11) home victory over 10th ranked Sportist Svoge (3-13) 92-86 on Sunday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-16. But Sportist Svoge won third quarter 28-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Sportist Svoge 53-30 including a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Chavdar looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Guard Petar Hristov (194-90) stepped up with a triple-double by scoring 12 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists for the winners and forward Petar Lalev (196-77) chipped in 29 points and 9 rebounds. Chavdar's coach Perat Petrov used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Zlatko Zapryanov (199-87) responded with 24 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Dimitar Stanislavov (190-84) scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Chavdar and four Sportist Svoge players scored in double figures. Chavdar maintains ninth place with 4-11 record. Sportist Svoge lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 13 games lost. Chavdar will meet league's leader Dunav 2007 in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sportist Svoge will play against NSA (#7) in Sofia and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Chavdar: P.Lalev 29+9reb, V.Kukenski 14+2reb, D.Denchev 14+6reb+3ast, P.Hristov 12+13reb+13ast, K.Koev 11+10reb, P.Ignatovski 5+1reb
Sportist Svoge: Z.Zapryanov 24+8reb, R.Bogdanov 18+3reb+2ast, G.Kunov 17+5reb, D.Stanislavov 15+5reb+4ast, A.Antov 7+3reb+8ast, E.Goranov 3+6reb+7ast
gschID: 113122


Beroe - Dunav 2007 81-86

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Stara Zagora. Leader Dunav 2007 faced second-ranked Beroe. Guests from Ruse (15-0) defeated host Beroe (11-4) 86-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Beroe. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-81. Dunav 2007 forced 25 Beroe turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was forward Hristo Gospodinov (202-92) who scored 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Power forward Vladimir Nikolov (205-88, college: Garrett JC) chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Boyko Milenkov (194-83) produced 14 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and forward Petar Zagorov (202-86) added 21 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Dunav 2007 and four Beroe players scored in double figures. Dunav 2007 have an impressive series of fourteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 15-0 record. Beroe at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. Dunav 2007 are looking forward to face Chavdar (#9) in Troyan in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Beroe will play on the road against Balkan 2 (#6) in Botevgrad and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Dunav 2007: H.Gospodinov 23+9reb+5ast, M.Tanev 15+4reb+4ast, V.Nikolov 13+6reb+4ast, L.Paskov 13+3reb+5ast, V.Petkov 11+6reb+3ast, K.Kostov 10+1ast
Beroe: P.Zagorov 21+5reb+1ast, M.Radnev 16+6reb+3ast, B.Marinov 16+6reb+1ast, B.Milenkov 14+8reb+5ast, O.Kisimov 4+3reb, T.Tsvetanov 4+3reb+5ast
gschID: 113123




Standings A2
Division A Standings
 1. Dunav 2007 15-0 
 2. Beroe 11-4 
 3. Academik PL 10-3 
 4. Vidabasket 8-6 
 5. Rilski 2 8-7 
 6. Balkan 2 8-7 
 7. NSA 8-7 
 8. Cherno More U18 6-9 
 9. Chavdar 4-11 
 10. Sportist Svoge 3-13 
 11. Academik BL 1-15 


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Wolves stun Ravens, win OUA championship - by Eurobasket News
Jamie Searle caught about an hours sleep on Friday night.

He might not get much more on Saturday. But thats OK, he can sleep on the plane on Sunday afternoon, his arms wrapped around the Wilson Cup.

The fifth-year guard, who only managed a pair of free-throws in Friday nights 71-69 win over Ottawa in the OUA semifinal, scored a game-high 23 points on Saturday at McMaster University to power the Lakehead Thunderwolves to a stunning 77-62 dismantling of the previously undefeated No. 1-nationally ranked Carleton Ravens.

It earned the Wolves their first-ever OUA basketball championship, something no one can ever take away, said LU coach Scott Morrison , just four years removed from a one-win campaign.

This is a great win for our program, Morrison told The Score following the game, his players posing for the customary trophy shot and mugging for the television cameras in the wake of the biggest upset in school history.

It puts us in the history books forever. But I hope this is just the start for us. I hope that every game that we lost over the last few years turns into wins over the next few years. Carleton is the best team out there. We just got fortunate to beat them in this one game tonight.

Morrison, who arrived in Thunder Bay in 2003, said hell let his troops celebrate tonight, but after that its all business as the Wolves get ready for next weekends CIS national championship in Halifax.

Were really excited, were going to be happy about it, but come tomorrow morning were going to be thinking about Halifax and what we can do to get another banner next week, said Morrison, who tempered his players celebrations, telling them to put their shirts back on for another few days after they doffed them at the buzzer.

Still, the Prince Edward Island native did give his team some props before heading off to join them on the court.

Thunder Bays in the house tonight, he said.

Searle said they didnt allow themselves to be intimidated by the heavily favoured Ravens, who raced through the regular season with 22 wins and no losses, including a lopsided 75-49 win over Lakehead in first-half play.

We knew if we kept fighting, we were going to do it. We were the only ones in the gym who thought we had a chance, and we didnt doubt ourselves for a second, the Belleville, Ont. native told The Score. We outworked them for 40 minutes and we got the win.

For Searle it was a matter of redemption, following an offensive performance hed just as soon forget.

The team stepped up (last night) and I knew the shots would start falling and they did.

Searle, who watched the Laurier Golden Hawks take the Ravens to the limit in the other semifinal the night before, said it was all about sticking to the game plan.

We knew we were a great team too. Carletons an amazing team, they fought hard, but this was our night.

The Ravens threatened to pull away early, rushing out to a 10-4 first-quarter lead, but LUs long-distance game quickly pulled the Wolves back into contention late in the stanza.

Joseph Jones nailed a big three to draw the OUA West Division champions to within a pair, then Searle buried another one at the buzzer to give the Wolves a 15-14 edge after one.

Thomas Scrubb scored early in the second to give the Ravens a 16-15 lead, but Ben Johnson responded with a trey, putting the Wolves up by two and they never trailed the rest of the way, taking a 32-26 advantage into the half.

Maintaining the six-point cushion through the first four minutes of the third, they opened a nine-point lead when Ryan Thomson dropped a three from the corner to make it 41-32. Carleton rallied with a pair of baskets, but Johnson halted the mini-run, stopping and popping for two to make it 43-36.

The tide turned in LUs favour for good at the buzzer, when Joseph Jones nailed a desperation shot from just inside half court as time ran out.

Originally waved off by officials, during the break they looked at the replay, allowed under FIBA rules, and ruled that Jones in fact did get the shot off before the clock hit zero, re-establishing a seven-point margin at 46-39.

Carleton's Michael Kenny hit a three to start the fourth, but then Searle took over, dropping six points in a 9-1 LU run that pushed the lead to 55-43. But the Ravens weren't quite finished.

OUA East MVP Tyson Hinz, who struggled most of the night after an eight-point first quarter and finished with 19, completed a three-point play to pull Carleton to within nine, then later made a lay-in to make it 58-51.

But shortly after Andrew Hackner (165-F-86), playing his final OUA game, barrelled his way to the hoop, sank the shot and drew the foul to re-establish a 10-point LU lead.

Searle put it away with a pair of steals and uncontested lay-ins, ending the Ravens three-year run as league champions.

Follow all the action here next weekend as tbnewswatch.com's Leith Dunick will be in Halifax with the Thunderwolves providing complete coverage of the team's quest for a national championship.
By Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch.com


T-Birds take Canada West title on home court - by Eurobasket News
T-Birds take conference title on home court
VANCOUVER - Led by a huge effort from their fifth-year seniors, the UBC Thunderbirds won the Canada West championship on home court on Saturday, downing the Saskatchewan Huskies 107-100 at War Memorial Gym.

A 9-2 UBC run put the 'Birds up 83-74 early in the fourth, and near-immaculate free throw shooting from Alex Murphy was the difference down the stretch. Every time the T-Birds appeared to be pulling away, Saskatchewan's dangerous guard duo of Rejean Chabot (183-G-87) and Jamelle Barrett (180-G) seemed to have an answer to keep the Huskies in the game, but they were unable to close the gap entirely thanks to Murphy's 22-for-23 effort from the charity stripe.

'What an unbelievable performance,' UBC head coach Kevin Hanson said of Murphy's effort in his last home game as a T-Bird.

UBC hit 34 of 40 free throw attempts on the night to prevent the Huskies from gaining ground in their comeback effort. Murphy finished with 34 points, eight assists and four steals. Fellow fifth-years Josh Whyte and Brent Malish (198-F-89) had 19 and 14 points respectively.

Barrett and Chabot certainly didn't make it easy on the 'Birds though. Chabot picked up 29 points and Barrett poured in a game-high 35 to go with seven assists.

'I was going to see if we could sub a sixth guy on to stop [Barrett's] penetration,' Hanson joked. 'He was single-handedly keeping them in the game. We tried to double team him but he got through double teams and he got through triple teams. I was running out of ideas as a coach for what to do with him.'

Both sides ended up shorthanded due to foul trouble late in the game. Trevor Nerdahl and Nolan Brudehl both fouled out for the Huskies, while UBC was without big men Balraj Bains and Kamar Burke down the stretch, forcing them to go with an all-guard lineup.

'We ended up going small ball at the end with five guards playing out there. We adjusted quite well and I thought it was a sign of our depth that guys just adapted to their new roles,' Hanson said.

The T-Birds outscored the Huskies 23-9 in the first quarter before the visitors shot their way back into contention in the middle quarters. They got to within a point of the 'Birds late in the third, and were as close as two points several times in the fourth, but never held a lead all night.

Both sides will make the trip to Halifax next weekend for the CIS tournament. The Huskies beat UBC in last year's Canada West Final Four before downing them in the national title game as well, but this time the 'Birds have the momentum heading into nationals.

Seeding for nationals will be announced on Sunday. The CIS tournament runs from March 11-13 in Halifax.
Courtesy of: gothunderbirds.ca




Evens Laroche leads Stingers to Quebec League title - by Eurobasket
Evens Laroche 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 men's basketball championship game before a capacity crowd at Concordia gym on Friday night.
Laroche was the leading scorer in the game.
The third-year forward from Montreal scored 11 of his points in the last 30 minutes to help erase a 42-31 Laval lead at halftime. 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 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.


Courtesy of Concordia Univ.


Final: Laval - Concordia 67-77
Semis:
UQAM - Concordia 74-89
McGill - Laval 75-85




All-Quebec League 1st Team 2010-11
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Kyle Desmarais
Desmarais
Jerome Turcotte-Routhier
Turcotte-Routhier
Decee Krah
Krah
Jean-Francois Beaulieu-Maheux
Beaulieu-Maheux
Olivier Bouchard
Bouchard
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Player of the Year: Kyle Desmarais (188-G) of Concordia
Player of the Year: Jerome Turcotte-Routhier (193-G-86) of Laval
Rookie of the Year: Alexandre Bernard (F) of UQAM
Defensive Player of the Year: Eric Cote-Kougnima (193-G-88) of UQAM
Ken Shield Award nominee: Jerome Turcotte-Routhier (193-G-86) of Laval
Coach of the Year: Jacques Paiement Jr of Laval

1st Team
G: Kyle Desmarais (188) of Concordia
G: Jerome Turcotte-Routhier (193-86) of Laval
G: Decee Krah (180) of Concordia
G: Jean-Francois Beaulieu-Maheux (191-86) of Laval
G: Olivier Bouchard (178) of McGill

2nd Team
F: James Clark (198) of Concordia
G: Eric Cote-Kougnima (193-88) of UQAM
F: Alexandre Bernard () of UQAM
G: Simon Bibeau (188-91) of McGill
G/F: Etienne Labrecque (196-86) of Laval

All-Rookie Team
Alexandre Bernard (F) of UQAM
Simon Bibeau (188-G-91) of McGill
Mike Andrews (C) of Bishop's
Vincent Lanctot (203-F/C) of UQAM
Marvin Vebobe (192-G-89) of Laval




All-OUA Awards 2010-11 - by Eurobasket
All-OUA East Division 1st Team 2010-11
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Tyson Hinz
Hinz
Warren Ward
Ward
Cole Hobin
Hobin
Andrew Wasik
Wasik
Jahmal Jones
Jones
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Player of the Year: Tyson Hinz (198-F) of Carleton
Rookie of the Year: Philip Scrubb (191-G-93) of Carleton
Defensive Player of the Year: Cole Hobin (198-G-89) of Carleton
Ken Shield Award: Nemanja Baletic (201-F) of Ottawa
Coach of the Year: Dave Smart of Carleton

1st Team
F: Tyson Hinz (198) of Carleton
G: Warren Ward (196) of Ottawa
G: Cole Hobin (198-89) of Carleton
C: Andrew Wasik (201) of Toronto Univ.
G: Jahmal Jones (183) of Ryerson

2nd Team
F: Drazen Glisic (198) of Toronto Univ.
G: Philip Scrubb (191-93) of Carleton
C: Dejan Kravic (208-91) of York
G: Dan Bannister (183) of Queen's
G: Elliot Thompson (191-89) of Carleton

All-Rookie Team
Philip Scrubb (191-G-93) of Carleton
Johnny Berhanemeskel (185-G) of Ottawa
Jahmal Jones (183-G) of Ryerson
Jordon Gautier (191-G) of Ryerson
Nikola Misljencevic (196-F) of Queen's



All-OUA West Division 1st Team 2010-11
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Isaac Kuon
Kuon
Kale Harrison
Harrison
Jamie Searle
Searle
Andrew Wedemire
Wedemire
Daniel McCarthy
McCarthy
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Player of the Year: Isaac Kuon (193-F/F-87) of Windsor
Rookie of the Year: Patrick Donnelly (203-C) of Laurier
Defensive Player of the Year: Greg Carter (178-G-90) of Lakehead
Ken Shield Nominee: Andre Smyth (201-G/F-86) of Windsor
Coach of the Year: Scott Morrison of Lakehead

1st Team
F/G: Isaac Kuon (193-87) of Windsor
F: Kale Harrison (196) of Laurier
G: Jamie Searle (186-87) of Lakehead
G/F: Andrew Wedemire (198) of Western
G: Daniel McCarthy (188) of Guelph

2nd Team
F: Cameron Michaud (198) of McMaster
F: Lien Phillip (203-89) of Windsor
F: Maxwell Allin (193) of Laurier
G: Cam Mcintyre (191-87) of Waterloo
G: Russell Venzal (188-87) of Lakehead

All-Rookie Team
Patrick Donnelly (203-C) of Laurier
Peter Scholtes (196-F) of Western
Cedric Kasongo (191-G) of Brock
Taylor Black (201-C) of McMaster
Jamar Forde (191-G) of Laurier




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Youngsters Su Wei, Sun Tonglin, Gu Quan and Guo Ailun Make Their Marks - by Arthur Volbert
First place Xinjiang blew out the Zhejiang Lions 111-68. Quincy Douby scored 33. James Singleton had 23 points and 12 rebounds. Xu Guozhong scored 14 and Mulati scored 13. Mengke Bateer had 10 points and 6 assists while Xirelijiang scored 9. Walker Russell scored 15 for the Lions. Zhang Yongpeng had 10 points and 5 rebounds. Peter John Ramos had 9 points and 8 rebounds. Zhang Wei and Zhao Dapeng each scored 9.

Josh Akognon scored 39 as second place Dongguan defeated Qingdao 122-108. Sun TongLin (208-C-92) had 18 points and 10 rebounds. Gu QuAn (203-F-92) had 17 points and 11 rebounds. These two youngsters, both listed as born in 1992, have become incereasingly important to Dongguan. Chen Hsin-An had 11 points and 5 rebounds. He Zhongmian had 10 points and 5 rebounds. Zhang Kai had 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. #11, a 175 cm import, had 10 points and 4 rebounds. Charles Gaines had 41 points and 13 rebounds for Qingdao. Dee Brown had 26 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Lu Yan scored 16 and Li Gen had 11.

Su Wei (212-C-89) had 31 points and 12 rebounds as Guangdong demolished Tianjin 114-101. Lester Hudson had 28 points and 15 rebounds. Zhu Fangyu had 12 points and 5 rebounds. Zhou Peng scored 11. Vernon Hamilton had 29 points, 16 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals for Tianjin. Zhang Nan had 21 points and 7 rebounds. Xu Guijun had 19 points and 4 rebounds. Zhang Ji had 9 points and 4 rebounds while Xu Lei had 8 points and 6 rebounds. With Herve Lamizana having departed, neither of Tianjin's young big men could handle Su Wei.

Jiangsu edged Shanxi Zhongyu 121-120. Tim Pickett had 30 points and 7 rebounds. Yi Li scored 29. Tang Zhengdong had 16 points and 5 rebounds. Jerome Moiso had 12 points and 7 rebounds. Meng Da scored 11 and Yang Li had 10. Leon Rodgers had 35 points for Shanxi. Zhang Xuewen had 34. Alexander Johnson had 19 points and 14 rebounds. Zhang Biao had 13 points and 8 rebounds. Osama Daghlas had 8 points and 6 assists.

Guo Ailun (193-G-93), listed as born in 1993, had 29 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists as Liaoning defeated Beijing 104-97. Anthony Myles had 25 points and 10 rebounds. Li Xiaoxu had 14 points and 17 rebounds. Myles McKay had 14 points and 5 rebounds. Liu Shunan scored 10. Playing against Rodney Morris, 7-1 Han Dejun hit only 1 of 8 shots and had 7 points and 6 rebounds, a very unimpressive performance. Morris had 34 points and 15 rebounds for Beijing. Joe Crawford scored 20 and Chen Lei scored 15. Zaid Abbaas had 14 points and 5 rebounds. Lee Hsueh-Lin had 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.

Bayi crushed Shanghai 102-80. Wang Lei had 17 points and 9 rebounds. Xu Zhonghao had 17 points and 7 rebounds. Mo Ke had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Wang Zhizhi had 13 points and 8 rebounds. Han Shuo had 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Zhang Bo, returning from injury, scored 11. John Lucas had 23 points and 8 rebounds for Shanghai. Liu Ziqui had 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Wang Ligang scored 12 and Wang Yong had 11. Zhang Zhaoxu had 8 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks.

Marcus Williams had 28 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists as Zhejiang took out Shandong 107-94. Josh Boone had 24 points and 9 rebounds. Zhang Chunjun had 15 points and 14 rebounds. Zhang Dayu had 13 points and 5 rebounds. Ding Jinhui had 11 points and 12 rebounds. Myron Allen had 28 points and 10 rebounds for Shandong. Wang Gang scored 15 in the absence of Sun Jie. Wu Ke had 13 points and 7 rebounds. Cao Zhenhua scored 10. Tao Hanlin had 7 points and 8 rebounds. Rodney White did not play.

Fujian defeated Foshan 104-97. Yang Qin had 23 points and 6 assists. Gong Songlin scored 21. Dwayne Jones had 14 points and 22 rebounds. Zhao Tailong scored 12. Andre Emmett, Yang Genglin and Li Hang each scored 9. Zhao Yonggang had 24 points and 8 rebounds for Foshan. Stephon Marbury had 22 points and 7 assists. Zhao Nan scored 12. Olumide Oyedeji had 11 points and 13 rebounds. Zheng Zhun had 10 points and 9 rebounds.



CBA Round 32: Top-ranked Xinjiang wins another game - by Eurobasket News
CBA top team - Xinjiang Flying (29-1) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (16-14) in Urumqi 111-68. The game without a history. Xinjiang Flying Tige led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Xinjiang Flying Tige forced 22 Zhejiang Guangsha Lions turnovers and outrebounded them 36-24 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard Quincy Douby (191-84, college: Rutgers) orchestrated the victory by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). The other American import forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) contributed with 23 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) replied with 9 points and 8 rebounds for Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Xinjiang Flying Tige have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 29-1 record. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Beijing and Bayi. Xinjiang Flying Tige are looking forward to face Liaoning Hunters (#11) in Yingkou in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will play at home against Shandong Bulls (#9) in Jinan and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Tenth-ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (13-17) was very close to win a game against fourth ranked Jiangsu Dragons (18-11) in Nanjing. Jiangsu Dragons managed to secure only one-point victory 121-120. However their fans expected much easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Antoine Wright (201-84, college: Texas A&M) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 7 rebounds and Li Yi who added 29 points during the contest. Jiangsu Dragons' coach Qiang Xu allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Leon Rodgers (199-80, college: N.Illinois) responded with 35 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Jiangsu Dragons have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 18-11 record. Shanxi Zhongyu at the other side keeps the tenth place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Liaoning. Jiangsu Dragons will play against bottom-ranked TianJin Rongcheng (#17) in Tianjin in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Shanxi Zhongyu will play at home against Bayi Fubang (#7) in Ningbo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Beijing Ducks (16-14) and Liaoning Hunters (13-17), which took place in Yingkou. Higher ranked Beijing Ducks lost to eleventh ranked Liaoning Hunters in a road game 97-104 on Sunday. The winners were led by Ailun Guo who scored that evening 29 points and 8 assists. Even a double-double of 34 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds by Randolph Morris did not help to save the game for Beijing Ducks. Liaoning Hunters moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Shanxi Zh. Loser Beijing Ducks keep the sixth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Bayi and Zhejiang G.L.. Liaoning Hunters will meet league's leader Xinjiang Flying Tige in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Beijing Ducks will play against Jilin Tigers (#13) in Changchun and hope to secure a win.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 32: Guandong beat TianJin R. on the road 114-101. Foshan lost to Fujian on its own court 97-104. Qingdao DS unfortunately lost to DongGuan in a road game 108-122. Bayi rolled over Shanghai at home 102-80. Zhejiang C. defeated Shandong on the opponent's court 107-94.
The most impressive performance of 32th round was 42 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds by Charles Gaines of Qingdao DS.


TianJin R. - Guandong 101-114

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Guandong Tigers (23-7) beat bottom-ranked TianJin Rongcheng (5-25) in Tianjin 114-101 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Guandong Tigers. TianJin Rongcheng managed to win second period 31-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guandong Tigers forced 22 TianJin Rongcheng turnovers and outrebounded them 54-40 including a 21-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by American guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tennessee-Martin) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 28 points and 15 rebounds and international center Wei Su (212-89) supported him with 31 points and 12 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). Four Guandong Tigers players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 29 points, 16 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals by American guard Vernon Hamilton (183-84, college: Clemson) did not help to save the game for TianJin Rongcheng. Forward Nan Zhang (197-81) added 21 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guandong Tigers have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 23-7 record having six points less than leader Xinjiang. TianJin Rongcheng lost sixth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 25 lost games. Guandong Tigers will meet at home Foshan (#14) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. TianJin Rongcheng will play against Jiangsu Dragons in Nanjing and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Guandong: S.Wei 31+12reb+1ast, H.Lester 28+15reb+2ast, Z.FangYu 12+5reb+1ast, Z.Peng 11+4reb+2ast, C.Dawei 6+1reb+1ast, H.Dong 6+2reb+2ast
TianJin R.: H.Vernon 29+16reb+7ast, Z.Nan 21+7reb+2ast, X.GuiJun 19+4reb+1ast, Z.Ji 9+4reb, S.Chun 8+1reb+1ast, X.Lei 8+6reb+2ast
gschID: 118577


Foshan - Fujian 97-104

There was a minor upset when 14th ranked Foshan (10-20) lost at home to sixteenth ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (8-22) 104-97 on Sunday. The winners were led by American center Dwayne Jones (211-83, college: St.Joseph's) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 14 points and 22 rebounds and guard Qin Yang (195-88) supported him with 23 points and 6 assists. Even 24 points and 8 rebounds by forward Yong-gang Zhao (200-82) did not help to save the game for Foshan. American guard Stephon Marbury (187-77, college: Georgia Tech) added 22 points and 7 assists for the hosts. Four Fujian SBS XunXin and five Foshan players scored in double figures. Fujian SBS XunXin maintains sixteenth position with 8-22 record. Loser Foshan keeps the fourteenth place with 20 games lost. They share the position with Qingdao DS. Fujian SBS XunXin will meet league's second-placed DongGuan Leopards on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Foshan will play against Guandong Tigers (#3) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Fujian: Y.Qin 23+3reb+6ast, G.SongLin 21+3reb+1ast, J.Dwayne 14+22reb, Z.TaiLong 12+1reb, E.Andre 9+2reb+1ast, L.Hang 9+1reb
Foshan: Z.Yong-gang 24+8reb+1ast, M.Stephon 22+1reb+7ast, Z.Nan 12+2reb+2ast, O.Olumide 11+13reb+1ast, Z.Zhun 10+9reb, H.Ben 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 118578


DongGuan - Qingdao DS 122-108

Very predictable result when second ranked DongGuan Leopards (24-6) won against at home 15th ranked Qingdao Double Star (10-20) 122-108 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by DongGuan Leopards. Qingdao Double Star managed to win fourth quarter 33-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The winners were led by Nigerian guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) who scored that evening 39 points (!!!) and 6 assists and center TongLin Sun (208-92) supported him with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Even a double-double of 42 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds by American forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) did not help to save the game for Qingdao Double Star. His fellow American import guard Dee Brown (185-84, college: Illinois) added 26 points and 5 assists for the guests. Five DongGuan Leopards and four Qingdao Double Star players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. DongGuan Leopards maintains second position with 24-6 record having five points less than leader Xinjiang. Loser Qingdao Double Star dropped to the fourteenth place with 20 games lost. They share the position with Foshan. DongGuan Leopards will meet at home Fujian SBS XunXin (#16) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Qingdao Double Star will play against Zhejiang Cyclones in Hangzhou and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
DongGuan: A.Josh-Emmanuel 39+6ast, S.TongLin 18+10reb+2ast, G.QuAn 17+11reb, C.HsinAn 11+5reb+2ast, H.ZhongMian 10+5reb+2ast, Z.Kai 10+7reb+4ast
Qingdao DS: G.Charles 42+13reb+1ast, B.Dee 26+4reb+5ast, L.Yan 16+1reb+1ast, L.Gen 11+2reb+1ast, L.Mingtao 6+1reb+2ast, A.Zaid 3+4reb
gschID: 118574


Bayi - Shanghai 102-80

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked Shanghai Sharks (12-19) were outscored by eighth ranked Bayi Fubang (16-14) in Ningbo 102-80 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 102-80. Bayi Fubang had a 43-30 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by guard Shuo Han (196-86) who scored that evening 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and international forward Lei Wang (203-86) supported him with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Even 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by American guard John Lucas (180-82, college: Oklahoma St.) did not help to save the game for Shanghai Sharks. Forward Ziqui Liu (195-82) added 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the guests. Five Bayi Fubang and four Shanghai Sharks players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bayi Fubang moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Beijing and Zhejiang G.L. Shanghai Sharks lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 19 games lost. Bayi Fubang will meet Shanxi Zhongyu (#10) in the next round. Shanghai Sharks will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Bayi: X.ZhongHao 17+7reb+2ast, W.Lei 17+9reb, M.Ke 14+11reb+1ast, H.Shuo 13+9reb+5ast, W.ZhiZhi 13+8reb+3ast, Z.Bo 11+2reb+3ast
Shanghai: L.John 23+8reb+4ast, L.Ziqui 15+8reb+5ast, W.Ligang 12+4reb+4ast, W.Yong-Liang 11+4reb+2ast, Z.ZhaoXu 8+10reb, W.Yang 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 118575


Shandong - Zhejiang C. 94-107

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (17-13) defeated 9th ranked Shandong Bulls (14-16) in Jinan 107-94 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 107-94. Zhejiang Cyclones outrebounded Shandong Bulls 59-41 including a 30-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by American forward Marcus Williams (201-86, college: Arizona, agency: ZAG Advocates) who had that evening a triple-double by scoring 28 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals and the other American import power forward Josh Boone (208-84, college: Connecticut) supported him with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Even a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds by American guard Myron Allen (180-79, college: Lee JC) did not help to save the game for Shandong Bulls. The former international guard Gang Wang (185-83) added 15 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Five Zhejiang Cyclones and four Shandong Bulls players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Zhejiang Cyclones maintains fifth position with 17-13 record. Loser Shandong Bulls keep the ninth place with 16 games lost. Zhejiang Cyclones will meet at home Qingdao Double Star (#15) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Shandong Bulls will play against Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#8) in Hangzhou and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang C.: W.Marcus 28+12reb+11ast, B.Josh 24+9reb+2ast, Z.Chunjun 15+14reb+3ast, Z.Dayu 13+5reb, D.Jinhui 11+12reb+1ast, J.Lipeng 6+1reb+1ast
Shandong: A.Myron 28+10reb+2ast, W.Gang 15+5reb+3ast, W.Ke 13+7reb+1ast, C.ZhenHua 10+3reb, T.HanLin 7+8reb, L.JingYu 7+3reb
gschID: 118576


Jiangsu - Shanxi Zh. 121-120

Tenth-ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (13-17) was very close to win a game against fourth ranked Jiangsu Dragons (18-11) in Nanjing. Jiangsu Dragons managed to secure only one-point victory 121-120. However their fans expected much easier game. Shanxi Zhongyu was ahead by 9 points at the halftime before a 41-22 third quarter run of Jiangsu Dragons. They made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Shanxi Zhongyu turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Antoine Wright (201-84, college: Texas A&M) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 7 rebounds and international swingman Li Yi (203-85) who added 29 points during the contest. Jiangsu Dragons' coach Qiang Xu allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Leon Rodgers (199-80, college: N.Illinois) responded with 35 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and forward XueWen Zhang (201-86) scored 34 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. Five Jiangsu Dragons and four Shanxi Zhongyu players scored in double figures. Jiangsu Dragons have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 18-11 record. Shanxi Zhongyu at the other side keeps the tenth place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Liaoning. Jiangsu Dragons will play against bottom-ranked TianJin Rongcheng (#17) in Tianjin in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Shanxi Zhongyu will play at home against Bayi Fubang (#7) in Ningbo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu: W.Antoine 30+7reb+1ast, Y.Li 29+4reb+3ast, T.ZhengDong 16+5reb+2ast, M.Jerome 12+7reb+2ast, M.Da 11+3reb+4ast, Y.Li 10+6reb+1ast
Shanxi Zh.: R.Leon 35+6reb+2ast, Z.XueWen 34+5reb+1ast, J.Alexander 19+14reb+1ast, Z.Biao 13+8reb+2ast, D.Osama 8+3reb+6ast, P.Shang 7+3reb
gschID: 118571


Xinjiang - Zhejiang G.L. 111-68

CBA top team - Xinjiang Flying Tige (29-1) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (16-14) in Urumqi 111-68. The game without a history. Xinjiang Flying Tige led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Xinjiang Flying Tige forced 22 Zhejiang Guangsha Lions turnovers and outrebounded them 36-24 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard Quincy Douby (191-84, college: Rutgers) orchestrated the victory by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). The other American import forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Xinjiang Flying Tige players scored in double figures. American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) replied with 9 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Tre Kelley (182-85, college: S.Carolina) added 15 points in the effort for Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Xinjiang Flying Tige have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 29-1 record. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Beijing and Bayi. Xinjiang Flying Tige are looking forward to face Liaoning Hunters (#11) in Yingkou in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will play at home against Shandong Bulls (#9) in Jinan and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang: D.Quincy 33+2reb+4ast, S.James 23+12reb+1ast, X.GuoChong 14+3reb+1ast, M.Lati 13+6reb, M.Bateer 10+3reb+6ast, C.Tal 9+3reb+2ast
Zhejiang G.L.: K.Tre 15+2ast, Z.Yongpeng 10+5reb, Z.Dapeng 9+1reb+1ast, R.Peter John 9+8reb+1ast, Z.Wei 9+4reb+2ast, L.Chih-Chieh 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 118572


Liaoning - Beijing 104-97

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Beijing Ducks (16-14) and Liaoning Hunters (13-17), which took place in Yingkou. Higher ranked Beijing Ducks lost to eleventh ranked Liaoning Hunters in a road game 97-104 on Sunday. Beijing Ducks trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 34-30 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 97-104 at the end of the game. The winners were led by international guard Ailun Guo (193-93) who scored that evening 29 points and 8 assists and American power forward Anthony Myles (208-82, college: Xavier) supported him with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Even a double-double of 34 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds by American power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) did not help to save the game for Beijing Ducks. His fellow American import swingman Joe Crawford (196-86, college: Kentucky, agency: Priority Sports) added 20 points for the guests. Five Liaoning Hunters and four Beijing Ducks players scored in double figures. Liaoning Hunters moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Shanxi Zh. Loser Beijing Ducks keep the sixth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Bayi and Zhejiang G.L.. Liaoning Hunters will meet league's leader Xinjiang Flying Tige in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Beijing Ducks will play against Jilin Tigers (#13) in Changchun and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Liaoning: G.Ailun 29+4reb+8ast, M.Anthony 25+10reb+1ast, M.Myles 14+5reb+2ast, L.Xiaoxu 14+17reb+1ast, L.Shunan 10+3reb+1ast, H.Dejun 7+6reb
Beijing: M.Randolph 34+15reb, C.Joe 20+4reb+2ast, C.Lei 15+4reb+2ast, A.Zaid 14+5reb+1ast, L.Hsueh-Lin 8+5reb+4ast, J.Zhe 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 118573




Standings - CBA
CBA Standings
 1. Xinjiang 29-1 
 2. DongGuan 24-6 
 3. Guandong 23-7 
 4. Jiangsu 18-11 
 5. Zhejiang C. 17-13 
 6. Beijing 16-14 
 7. Bayi 16-14 
 8. Zhejiang G.L. 16-14 
 9. Shandong 14-16 
 10. Shanxi Zh. 13-17 
 11. Liaoning 13-17 
 12. Shanghai 12-19 
 13. Jilin 11-19 
 14. Foshan 10-20 
 15. Qingdao DS 10-20 
 16. Fujian 8-22 
 17. TianJin R. 5-25 


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Charles GAINES
  Qingdao DS
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 33.5
 1. Gaines, Qingdao DS33.5 
 2. Morris, Beijing30.5 
 3. Williams, Zhejiang C.30.2 
 4. Douby, Xinjiang29.9 
 5. Akognon, DongGuan28.2 
 6. Emmett, Fujian28.2 
 7. Rodgers, Shanxi Zh.27.6 
 8. Hamilton, TianJ.26.2 
 9. Pickett, Jilin25.1 
 10. Ramos, Zhejiang.24.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Fujian
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Jones, Fujian16.3 
 2. Harris, Shanghai14.7 
 3. Benson, TianJin R.14.6 
 4. Ramos, Zhejiang.14.0 
 5. Watkins, Jilin13.7 
 6. Gaines, Qingdao DS13.5 
 7. Oyedeji, Foshan13.2 
 8. Morris, Beijing12.0 
 9. Moiso, Jiangsu11.9 
 10. Abbaas, Beijing11.3 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLAS
  Shanxi Zh.
  (199-G-79)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.9.2 
 2. Marbury, Foshan5.8 
 3. Lu, Fujian5.6 
 4. LiuWei, Shanghai5.3 
 5. Hu, Jiangsu5.3 
 6. Williams, Zhejiang C.5.1 
 7. Brown, Qingdao DS5.0 
 8. Hamilton, TianJ.5.0 
 9. Allen, Shandong4.9 
 10. Vroman, DongGuan4.9 
Steals Per Game
 XueFeng HU
  Jiangsu
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Hu, Jiangsu4.1 
 2. Hamilton, TianJ.3.3 
 3. Douby, Xinjiang3.2 
 4. Hudson, Guandong2.9 
 5. Vroman, DongGuan2.8 
 6. Williams, Zhejiang C.2.4 
 7. Gaines, Qingdao DS2.4 
 8. Emmett, Fujian2.3 
 9. Zhong, Jilin2.3 
 10. Pickett, Jilin2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  TianJin R.
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.3.6 
 2. Watkins, Jilin2.0 
 3. Haislip, Guandong1.9 
 4. Zhang, Shanghai1.8 
 5. Moiso, Jiangsu1.8 
 6. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.8 
 7. Jones, Fujian1.7 
 8. Vroman, DongGuan1.6 
 9. Wang, Bayi1.6 
 10. Benson, TianJin R.1.5 


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  CROATIA   


A1 Standings
A1 Standings
 1. KK Split 14-3 
 2. Borik 11-6 
 3. Alkar Sinj 11-6 
 4. Zabok 9-8 
 5. Dubrovnik 9-8 
 6. Kvarner 2010 8-9 
 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


A1 Round 17: Alkar Sinj beats Dubrovnik in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in A1. Split, Borik and Alkar already booked a spot for the next stage.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Sinj. Third ranked Alkar Sinj faced 4th placed Dubrovnik. Host Alkar Sinj (11-6) defeated guests from Dubrovnik (9-8) 84-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Dubrovnik. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 49-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Dubrovnik helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was swingman Ante Delas (201-G/F-88) who scored 20 points. Forward Ivica Radic (207-90) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. Swingman Antonio Ostric (200-89) produced 23 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Alkar Sinj moved-up to second place, which they share with Borik. Dubrovnik at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. They share it with Zabok. Alkar Sinj is looking forward to face Zabok (#4) in Zabok in the next round. Dubrovnik will play at home against Trogir in Trogir and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Leader KK Split delivered the fourteenth victory. This time they beat 10th ranked Trogir (4-13) 96-80. Swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds (perfect from the field making all thirteen shots !!!). Ivan Mimica contributed with 22 points and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Luka Zitko (201-81) answered with 18 points for Trogir. KK Split (14-3) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place. Trogir lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. KK Split will play against league's second-placed Borik Puntamika in Zadar in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Trogir will play on the road against Dubrovnik (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.

Other games of round 17 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Kvarner 2010 was defeated by Borik in Zadar 97-82. Dubrava was beaten by Zabok at home 80-87. Svjetlost lost to Darda on the opponent's court 93-105.


Borik - Kvarner 2010 97-82

There was no surprise in Zadar where 6th ranked Kvarner 2010 (8-9) was defeated by third ranked Borik Puntamika (11-6) 97-82. The game was mostly controlled by Borik Puntamika. Kvarner 2010 was better in fourth quarter 26-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Borik Puntamika forced 19 Kvarner 2010 turnovers. Kvarner 2010 was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Serbian forward Petar Maric (206-87, college: Lincoln Trail CC) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Power forward Jure Skific (202-88) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Guard Hrvoje Puljko (193-83) answered with 29 points and center Zoran Pehar (209-81) added 13 points in the effort for Kvarner 2010. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Borik Puntamika have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Alkar Sinj. Newly promoted Kvarner 2010 keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. They share it with Darda. Borik Puntamika will play against league's leader KK Split on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kvarner 2010 will play against Vrijednosnice OS (#7) in Darda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Borik: P.Maric 27+7reb+1ast, J.Skific 14+2reb+2ast, M.Cakarun 13+4reb, J.Mrkic 10+1ast, M.Pesut 9+2reb+1ast, J.Ruzic 8+2reb+1ast
Kvarner 2010: H.Puljko 29+1reb+1ast, Z.Pehar 13+3reb+2ast, M.Poscic 9+2reb, R.Jugo 9+2reb+1ast, J.Wisseh 8+2reb+2ast, F.Filipovic 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 107775


Trogir - KK Split 80-96

Leader KK Split delivered the fourteenth victory. This time they beat 10th ranked Trogir (4-13) 96-80. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when KK Split's pressure prevailed and they won that period 30-20 extending their advantage to 16 points. They shot 61.7 percent from the field. KK Split players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds (perfect from the field making all thirteen shots !!!). Guard Ivan Mimica (193-80) contributed with 22 points and 4 assists for the winners. Five KK Split players scored in double figures. Forward Luka Zitko (201-81) answered with 18 points and guard Milan Karakas (190-80) added 8 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for Trogir. KK Split (14-3) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place. Trogir lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. KK Split will play against league's second-placed Borik Puntamika in Zadar in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Trogir will play on the road against Dubrovnik (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
KK Split: J.Sobin 28+10reb+3ast, I.Mimica 22+1reb+4ast, S.Subotic 12+4ast, T.Katic 11+1reb+5ast, A.Grgurevic 10+5reb+4ast, L.Babic 9+4reb
Trogir: L.Zitko 18+4reb+2ast, A.Bilic 16+1reb, N.Vladovic 10+3reb+1ast, M.Karakas 8+7reb+8ast, T.Roso 8+1reb, T.Vitali 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 107771


Alkar Sinj - Dubrovnik 84-72

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Sinj. Third ranked Alkar Sinj faced 4th placed Dubrovnik. Host Alkar Sinj (11-6) defeated guests from Dubrovnik (9-8) 84-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Dubrovnik. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 49-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Dubrovnik helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was swingman Ante Delas (201-88) who scored 20 points. Forward Ivica Radic (207-90) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. Four Alkar Sinj players scored in double figures. Swingman Antonio Ostric (200-89) produced 23 points and 8 rebounds and guard Mislav Peric (191-88) added 18 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Alkar Sinj moved-up to second place, which they share with Borik. Dubrovnik at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. They share it with Zabok. Alkar Sinj is looking forward to face Zabok (#4) in Zabok in the next round. Dubrovnik will play at home against Trogir in Trogir and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Alkar Sinj: A.Delas 20+3reb+3ast, I.Radic 18+8reb, J.Blajic 17+4reb+4ast, A.Anzulovic 10+6reb, S.Modric 5+3reb+1ast, Z.Zupic 5+4reb+4ast
Dubrovnik: A.Ostric 23+8reb, M.Peric 18+3reb+1ast, N.Dosen 9+4reb+2ast, A.Blesic 8+5reb, A.Vranjes 8+1reb+2ast, D.Hajdic 2
gschID: 107772


Dubrava - Zabok 80-87

No shocking result in a game in Zagreb where fifth ranked Zabok (9-8) defeated 9th ranked Dubrava (5-12) 87-80. It looked good early as Dubrava took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Zabok took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 7 points. They made 24-of-28 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Dubrava was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Robert Lez (200-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. Forward Sasa Jankovic (204-84) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Zabok players scored in double figures. Power forward Dario Saric (205-94) answered with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Domagoj Basic (190-86) added 13 points in the effort for Dubrava. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Zabok moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Dubrovnik. Dubrava at the other side keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. Zabok will play against higher ranked Alkar Sinj (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dubrava will play against Svjetlost (#8) in Slavonski Brod and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zabok: R.Lez 20+3reb+2ast, J.Lozancic 15+4reb, S.Jankovic 14+6reb+2ast, I.Peklaric 11+2reb+6ast, I.Perincic 8+5reb+1ast, F.Kraljevic 7+4reb+1ast
Dubrava: D.Saric 21+8reb+4ast, D.Basic 13+2reb, R.Rikic 10+1reb, M.Brzoja 9+3reb, N.Garma 6+3reb+1ast, I.Cvjetkovic 6+3reb
gschID: 107773


Darda - Svjetlost 105-93

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked Svjetlost's (6-11) road loss to seventh ranked Vrijednosnice OS (8-9) 93-105. Vrijednosnice OS moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Kvarner 2010. Svjetlost lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 11 games lost. Vrijednosnice OS will play against Kvarner 2010 (#6) in Rijeka in the next round. Svjetlost will play at home against Dubrava in Zagreb and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 107774




Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Luka PETKOVIC
  Svjetlost
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Petkovic, Svjetlost23.2 
 2. Puljko, Kvarner .22.3 
 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. Ridl, Darda6.4 
 8. Ragsdale, Kvarner .6.3 
 9. Ruzic, Borik6.0 
 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 20103.3 
 8. Sarac, Svjetlost3.2 
 9. Katic, KK Split3.2 
 10. Primorac, Dubrava2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Teo PETANI
  Borik
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Petani, Borik2.5 
 2. Anzulovic, Alkar Sinj2.3 
 3. Saric, Dubrava2.0 
 4. Puljko, Kvarner .2.0 
 5. Kamaldin, Darda1.9 
 6. Swift, Darda1.8 
 7. Tomeljak, Zabok1.8 
 8. Blajic, Trogir1.8 
 9. Karakas, Trogir1.7 
 10. Bicvic, Darda1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Dalibor BAGARIC
  Marousi
  (217-C-80)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Bagaric, Dubrava1.6 
 2. Vitali, Trogir1.3 
 3. Vladovic, 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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Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
A1
 1. BK Pardubice 2-0 
 2. BK Decin 1-0 
 3. CEZ Nymburk 1-0 
 4. BK Prostejov 1-1 
 5. Novy Jicin 0-2 
 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 


NBL Round 2: CEZ Nymburk needed overtime to beat BK Prostejov - by Eurobasket News
BK Prostejov lost to CEZ Nymburk on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by CEZ Nymburk in overtime 103-95. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BK Prostejov. It was a key game for the second position in A1. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime then BK Prostejov managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was CEZ Nymburk who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 19-11. They made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by BK Prostejov helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Israeli-French guard Afik Nissim (180-81, agency: Beo Basket) scored 22 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 15-for-15 from the free throw line !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Chester Simmons (198-82, college: Washington, agency: ZAG Advocates) chipped in 20 points during the contest. Lithuanian guard Benas Veikalas (192-83, college: Metro St.) responded with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending champion (1-0) left bottom position moving up to second place in A1, which they share with BK Decin. BK Prostejov at the other side dropped to the fourth position with one game lost.
In the last game of round 2
In A1 winless NH Ostrava lost to undefeated BK Pardubice on the opponent's court 80-94. Winless Novy Jicin lost to undefeated BK Decin in a home game 68-73.
In A2 Plzen managed to beat Basketbol Brno on the road 83-68. B&W Opava defeated USK Praha on its own court 70-66.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 20 points and 15 rebounds by Kyle Landry of BK Prostejov.


Group A1
CEZ Nymburk - BK Prostejov 103-95 OT

BK Prostejov lost to CEZ Nymburk on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by CEZ Nymburk in overtime 103-95. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BK Prostejov. It was a key game for the second position in A1. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime then BK Prostejov managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was CEZ Nymburk who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 19-11. They made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by BK Prostejov helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Israeli-French guard Afik Nissim (180-81, agency: Beo Basket) scored 22 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 15-for-15 from the free throw line !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Chester Simmons (198-82, college: Washington, agency: ZAG Advocates) chipped in 20 points during the contest. Lithuanian guard Benas Veikalas (192-83, college: Metro St.) responded with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending champion (1-0) left bottom position moving up to second place in A1, which they share with BK Decin. BK Prostejov at the other side dropped to the fourth position with one game lost.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: A.Nissim 22+5reb+1ast, C.Simmons 20+4reb, P.Slezak 18+2reb+2ast, V.Stimac 16+5reb+1ast, L.Sokolovsky 13+3reb+2ast, R.Necas 5+10reb+2ast
BK Prostejov: B.Veikalas 26+5reb+4ast, K.Landry 20+15reb, A.Slezas 15+3reb+1ast, R.Hyzy 13+2reb+2ast, E.Lawrence 12+7reb+6ast, Z.Zagorac 3+3reb


gschID: 122219


BK Pardubice - NH Ostrava 94-80

Very expected game when bottom-ranked NH Ostrava (0-2) was defeated on the road by top-ranked BK Pardubice (2-0) 94-80 on Saturday. BK Pardubice made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. BK Pardubice had a 27-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard Maurice Hampton (188-84, college: Austin Peay St.) scored 25 points and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import power forward Marcus Arnold (207-84, college: Illinois, agency: Stanley International) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Arnold is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. BK Pardubice's coach Jan Slowiak used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Lukas Palyza (204-89) responded with 22 points and Canadian forward Andrew Spagrud (203-85) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Five BK Pardubice and four NH Ostrava players scored in double figures. BK Pardubice maintains first position in A1 with 2-0 record. Loser NH Ostrava still closes the standings with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: M.Hampton 25+1reb+2ast, M.Arnold 17+7reb+1ast, P.Bohacik 15+8reb+2ast, P.Milos 13+1reb, M.Marek 12+4reb+1ast, T.Toth 8+3reb+2ast
NH Ostrava: L.Palyza 22+1reb, A.Spagrud 14+7reb, A.Mason 13+1reb+4ast, C.Trybanski 13+4reb, M.Stuchly 9+2reb+1ast, J.Gibson-Bascombe 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 122217


Novy Jicin - BK Decin 68-73

The game between closely ranked teams ended with top-ranked BK Decin's (1-0) road victory over bottom-ranked Novy Jicin (0-2) 73-68 on Sunday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. BK Decin left bottom position moving up to second place in A1, which they share with CEZ Nymburk. Loser Novy Jicin still closes the standings with two games lost.
gschID: 122218


Group A2
Basketbol Brno - Plzen 68-83

There was a minor upset when 3rd ranked Basketbol Brno (7-15) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Lokomotiva Plzen (3-19) 83-68 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-68. The former international guard Stepan Vrubl (186-76) scored 16 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and center Pavel Frana (212-77) chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Slovakian center Peter Sedmak (203-85) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Emmanuel Holloway (188-86, college: Illinois St.) scored 12 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted Lokomotiva Plzen maintains sixth position in A2 with 3-19 record. Loser Basketbol Brno keeps the third place with 15 games lost. Lokomotiva Plzen will face league's leader B&W Opava at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Basketbol Brno will play against the league's second-placed BC Kolin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Plzen: S.Vrubl 16+8reb+9ast, P.Novak 15+4reb, L.Pecka 14+6reb+1ast, P.Frana 14+11reb, M.Soukup 9+4reb+1ast, T.Kubiznak 9+3reb+3ast
Basketbol Brno: P.Sedmak 19+6reb, E.Holloway 12+5reb+6ast, M.Norwa 10+3reb, S.Castleberry 10+8reb, S.Reinberger 9+1reb+3ast, V.Cvek 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 122220


B&W Opava - USK Praha 70-66

Everything went according to plan when second ranked B&W Opava (11-11) beat at home 4th ranked USK Praha (6-16) 70-66 on Saturday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-8. But USK Praha won third quarter 18-8. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. International guard Jakub Sirina (185-87) scored 18 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Jan Kratochvil (200-82) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. International forward Lukas Kotas (194-84) responded with 21 points and Bosnian-Slovenian center Milan Bjegovic (211-81, agency: Promotex) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. USK Praha's coach Ken Scalabroni rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. B&W Opava keeps a position of A2 leader. Loser USK Praha keeps the fourth place with 16 games lost. B&W Opava will face Lokomotiva Plzen (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. USK Praha will play against Basketbal Svitavy and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
B&W Opava: J.Sirina 18+1reb+5ast, O.Dygryn 17+3reb+2ast, J.Kratochvil 14+8reb+2ast, M.Stec 11+6reb, J.Blazek 5+3reb+1ast, M.Miklosik 3+4reb
USK Praha: L.Kotas 21+2reb+1ast, M.Bjegovic 12+8reb+1ast, M.Klimes 10+10reb, V.Hruban 10+3reb+3ast, J.Slavik 9+4reb, T.Vyoral 4+4reb
gschID: 122221


Svitavy - BC Kolin 84-77 OT
Svitany needed overtime to beat BC Kolin 84:77. George stepped up with 23 points, while Meno collected 17 points and 15 rebounds. Smith responded with 20 points in the losing effort.

Top scorers:
Svitavy: George 23+6reb+2ast, B.Meno 17+15reb+1ast, L.Horak 14+9reb, T.Macela 10+5reb+5ast, R.Kramny 8+5reb+3ast, P.Harcar 8+5reb
BC Kolin: T.Smith 20+7reb+3ast, R.Field 18+9reb+6ast, D.Machac 10+5reb, M.Hubalek 10+4reb+2ast, P.Hemmy 9+1reb, J.Jelinek 6+11reb


gschID: 122222




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.15.7 
 5. Hatcher, BK Decin15.1 
 6. Kotas, USK Praha14.7 
 7. Houska, BK Decin14.7 
 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. Landry, BK Prost.8.2 
 6. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.0 
 7. Kramny, Svitavy7.8 
 8. Zagorac, BK Prost.7.7 
 9. Frana, Plzen7.4 
 10. Gadri, BK Prostejov6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Stepan VRUBL
  Plzen
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Vrubl, Plzen5.7 
 2. Lawrence, BK Prost.4.9 
 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. Meno, Basketbo.0.8 
 9. Egwuatu, Svitavy0.8 
 10. Spagrud, NH Ostrava0.7 


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  DENMARK   


Ligaen Round 26: Bakken loses the game and top position, Svendborg is No.1 - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in Ligaen just ended. Svendborg is the regular season champion with 24-3 record. First eight teams advanced to the Playoff Quarterfinals.

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
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9. Aalborg 5-22
10. Amager BK 4-23



SISU - Horsens IC 96-81

The game in Copenhagen was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Horsens IC (13-14) played at the court of sixth ranked SISU (11-16). SISU defeated Horsens IC 96-81. The game was mostly controlled by SISU. Horsens IC was better in second period 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when SISU won last quarter 30-17. They made 18-of-20 charity shots (90.0 percent) during the game. American forward Donald Rutherford (198-87, college: Catawba) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). The other American import swingman Mickey Dennis (190-78, college: JMU) contributed with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. SISU's coach Thomas Silfen allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international power forward Hans Schur (203-83, college: Lynn) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and American power forward Mike St.John (203-84, college: La Salle) added 18 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Horsens IC. Four SISU and five Horsens IC players scored in double figures. SISU finished as No.6 with 11-16 record. Horsens IC lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 14 games lost.

Top scorers:
SISU: D.Rutherford 25+12reb+4ast, M.Dennis 23+5reb+4ast, D.Harder 15+2reb+2ast, M.Nielsen 10+3reb+4ast, M.Brown 8+1reb+2ast, R.Wurr 6+1reb+1ast
Horsens IC: H.Schur 24+12reb+2ast, M.St.John 18+14reb, A.Madsen 12+2reb+2ast, A.Voskuil 11+2reb+1ast, C.Lindberg 10+1reb+1ast, M.Jorgensen 4+1reb
gschID: 95212


Horsholm - Vaerlose 84-71

Very expected game when 8th ranked Vaerlose (8-19) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Horsholm (16-11) 84-71. The game without a history. Horsholm led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Forward Jonathan Gilling (203-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. American center Billy Blackmon (207-88, college: Charleston So.) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Horsholm players scored in double figures. Center Rasmus Larsen (212-94) replied with 20 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and swingman Soren Jensen (188-80) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Vaerlose. Horsholm maintains fourth position with 16-11 record. Vaerlose lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team kept the eighth place with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
Horsholm: J.Gilling 25+9reb+5ast, B.Blackmon 19+6reb+1ast, J.Hakanowitz 13+5reb+2ast, F.Nielsen 12+4reb+4ast, A.Bak 9+2reb+5ast, P.Hertz 6+2reb
Vaerlose: R.Larsen 20+4reb, S.Jensen 14+7reb+2ast, J.McFarlane 13+3reb+3ast, P.Ba 9+10reb+2ast, M.Rasmussen 8+2reb+2ast, A.Karason 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 95213


Svendborg - Bakken 89-78

There was a change at the Ligaen leadership position after last games. Round 26 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Bakken (24-3). They were defeated by second ranked Svendborg (24-3) 89-78 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Bakken. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 46-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Svendborg dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Bakken's 32. They outrebounded Bakken 36-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. The former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86, agency: Rasmussen Services) had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international power forward Nicolai Iversen (205-80, college: San Jose City JC, agency: Rasmussen Services) chipped in 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. American-Belizean guard Charles Burgess (186-84, college: Texas Tech) responded with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and American forward Jahmar Thorpe (198-84, college: Houston, agency: KMG Sports Management) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Bakken's coach Philip Dejworek rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Svendborg: M.Williams 22+8reb+1ast, N.Iversen 21+5reb+7ast, A.Darboe 21+11reb+2ast, C.Magaard 8+4reb+1ast, M.Mariegaard 6+3reb+5ast, J.Hansen 6+1reb
Bakken: C.Burgess 16+5reb+6ast, J.Thorpe 14+6reb+1ast, C.Christoffersen 10+2reb+1ast, C.Nielsen 8+4reb+1ast, A.Jakobsen 8+4reb+2ast, H.Petkov 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 123220


Svendborg - Naestved 67-69

Naestved edged second-ranked Svendborg on the road 69-67. Svendborg was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 35-26 second half run of Naestved. American power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay (OH)) notched 13 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international power forward Peter Johansen (205-80) supported him with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Four Naestved players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds by the former international power forward Nicolai Iversen (205-80, college: San Jose City JC, agency: Rasmussen Services) did not help to save the game for Svendborg. American forward Matt Williams (200-77, college: Montana) added 17 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Naestved finished as No.3 with 20-7 record.
Top scorers:
Naestved: P.Johansen 14+9reb, L.Roberts 13+9reb+3ast, M.Kasiulevicius 12+4reb+2ast, N.Christensen 10+2reb+5ast, D.Smedley 7+9reb+3ast, P.Christensen 7+3reb+1ast
Svendborg: M.Williams 17+8reb+1ast, N.Iversen 17+10reb+1ast, M.Plannthin 8+3reb+3ast, N.Degn-Andersen 7+3reb, J.Hansen 6+2reb, C.Magaard 5+5reb
gschID: 95210


Bakken - Amager BK 83-49

Ligaen top team - Bakken (24-3) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Amager BK (4-23) in Aarhus 83-49. The game without a history. Bakken led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Amager BK to just 6 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Amager BK 39-24 including a 31-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Bakken looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Amager BK's players. The best player for the winners was American forward Jahmar Thorpe (198-84, college: Houston, agency: KMG Sports Management) who scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. International swingman Chris Nielsen (192-85) chipped in 8 points and 4 assists. Lithuanian forward Nerijus Brasas (200-85) produced 20 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Peter Simonsen (185-88) added 8 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Bakken: J.Thorpe 13+8reb+3ast, A.Jorgensen 10+1reb+4ast, P.Linnet 9+1reb, C.Christoffersen 9+4reb+1ast, C.Nielsen 8+3reb+4ast, S.Krath 8+6reb
Amager BK: N.Brasas 20+8reb, P.Simonsen 8+5reb+3ast, M.Pedersen 6+1reb, R.Larsen 5+2reb, M.Lingskov 4+3reb+1ast, M.Blom Davidsen 2+2ast
gschID: 95211


Aalborg - Aabyhoj 79-58

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked Aalborg (5-22) smashed at home 7th ranked Aabyhoj (10-17) 79-58. The game without a history. Aalborg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Aalborg outrebounded Aabyhoj 47-20 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. American power forward Barkley Falkner (203-86, college: Sam Houston St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds. The other American import guard Marquis Hall (183-87, college: Lehigh) contributed with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Aalborg players scored in double figures. American forward Edward Morris (203-84, college: Pittsburg St.) replied with 27 points and guard Darko Jukic (199-90) added 9 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Aabyhoj. Aalborg ended as No.9 with 5-22 record. Aabyhoj at the other side kept the seventh place with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Aalborg: B.Falkner 18+14reb+3ast, M.Hall 16+8reb+5ast, H.Falsvig 14+3reb+2ast, L.Kristiansen 11+7reb, S.Hansen 9+2ast, C.Thomsen 7+8reb+1ast
Aabyhoj: E.Morris 27+4reb+1ast, D.Jukic 9+6reb, R.Dalboge 7, R.Laier 5+1reb+1ast, A.Martin 4+2reb+3ast, F.Rungby 3+2reb
gschID: 95209




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  D-LEAGUE   


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 31-10 
 2. Erie Bay H. 25-13 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 17-22 
 4. Dakota W. 14-25 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 7-30 
Southwest Division
 1. Tulsa 66ers 28-11 
 2. Rio Grande 28-12 
 3. Texas L. 18-22 
 4. Austin T. 17-22 
 5. New Mexico 15-25 
 6. Maine RC 14-25 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 24-14 
 2. Bakersfield J. 24-15 
 3. Utah F. 23-15 
 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.21.1 
 4. Alexander, Texas L.19.9 
 5. Adrien, Rio Grande19.9 
 6. McNeal, Rio Grande19.5 
 7. Dentmon, Texas L.19.4 
 8. Sims, Maine RC18.8 
 9. Byars, Bakersfi.18.6 
 10. Russell, Ft.Wayne.17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff ADRIEN
  Golde State W.
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Adrien, Rio Grande12.2 
 2. Ewing, Sioux F.10.8 
 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.8.6 
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.6.5 
 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. Jeffers, Iowa E.1.9 
 10. Wilmont, Ft.Wayne.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. Whiteside, Reno B.2.2 
 5. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.1 
 6. Atchley, Rio Grande2.1 
 7. Sykes, Sioux F.1.8 
 8. Gaffney, Utah F.1.7 
 9. Pittman, Sioux F.1.7 
 10. Goodridge, Spring.1.6 


Rashad McCants set to rejoin Legends - by Eurobasket News
After three months away from the game, Rashad McCants (6'4''-G/F-84, college: N.Carolina) is planning to come back to Texas to try to revive his NBA career.

McCants reconnected this week with the D-League's Texas Legends and has been invited to rejoin the team after leaving the Legends in December to sign a more lucrative contract in China.

The Chinese deal with Lionang Panpan, however, collapsed almost immediately after McCants left Frisco. The former 2005 lottery pick appeared in only three games with the Legends before his departure and hasn't played organized ball since.

But McCants, who likewise hasn't played in the NBA since the 2008-09 season, asked to rejoin the Legends after receiving an offer to join the recent flurry of NBA veterans -- headlined by Allen Iverson -- to sign in Turkey this season. The 26-year-old apparently convinced Legends co-owner and Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson that he's ready to commit to a D-League stint as opposed to signing somewhere in Europe where he can make more money.

'Providing opportunities and second chances is what the D-League is all about,' Nelson said. 'And that's exactly what Rashad needs right now.'

McCants has made arrangements to rejoin the Legends on Monday. He doesn't have much time left this season to impress NBA scouts -- with only nine games left on the Legends' regular-season schedule after his arrival and less than five weeks to go in the NBA's regular season -- but would figure to have a better opportunity to feature in the Legends' offense now that Mavs rookie Dominique Jones is no longer with Dallas' D-League affiliate after foot surgery in February.

McCants left the Legends in December partly because he sought and did not receive any assurances from the Mavericks about eventually landing a roster spot with them. Chances are a 10-day contract offer would have surfaced by now from Dallas or another NBA team had McCants stayed, based on talent alone, but McCants has to start over yet again in terms of convincing NBA general managers that his attitude and willingness to fit into a team structure have improved.

McCants flashed undeniable potential as a scorer in his four seasons with Minnesota and Sacramento, averaging 10.0 points in 249 career games, but admitted in a recent interview with the Lost Lettermen blog that he knows NBA teams want him to play in the D-League 'to show humility to get back.'

The Legends acquired McCants' D-League rights through a new allocation rule in the NBA this season that allowed D-League teams to claim the rights to three players released by parent clubs in training camp. The shooting guard signed with the Mavs late in training camp and was then quickly released by Dallas in a move essentially aimed at ensuring that the Legends, coached by Nancy Lieberman, would have McCants' rights as opposed to merely hoping they could land him in the D-League draft.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban admitted earlier this season that he and Nelson originally wanted McCants on the Legends' roster to evaluate him as a potential in-season signee. It would appear now that any of chance of earning an NBA recall with Dallas has been extinguished by the Mavs' recent acquisitions of Peja Stojakovic and Corey Brewer and the return of young guard Roddy Beaubois, but the Legends retained McCants' D-League rights when he left.

The former North Carolina star, selected by Minnesota with the 14th overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft after helping the Tar Heels win the 2005 national championship, averaged 12.3 points in just 18 minutes in his three Legends appearances. Upon signing with the Legends, McCants pledged to donate his entire D-League salary of $25,000 to the Urban Born youth and teen charity foundation.

Any foreign team that wants to buy McCants out of his D-League contract must pay $45,000, but that money would go to the league as opposed to the Legends.

Courtesy of ESPN


Saturday's games - by Eurobasket News
Austin T. - Sioux Falls S. 115-96
Austin's Leo Lyons (6'9''-F-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Missouri) scored a game-high 29 points Saturday afternoon at Cedar Park Center as the Toros beat the Sioux Falls Skyforce 115-96. The Toros captured the lead in the first half by going on a 16-4 run. Austin led by 15 points at halftime and by as many as 20 in the second half. Aubrey Coleman (6'4''-G-87, college: Houston) scored 16 points for Austin, Marcus Cousin had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Kevin Palmer contributed 15 points and 10 rebounds. David Bailey led Sioux Falls with 18 points. *Courtesy of www.statesman.com

Erie Bay H. - Tulsa 66ers 98-96 OT
Tasmin Mitchell is right. His baseline jumper at the buzzer might have had a chance of going in Saturday night. 'You never know,' a sly Mitchell said. 'Maybe. Maybe not.' Slim chance. 'No comment,' Erie forward Ivan Johnson (6'8''-F/C-84, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) said with a grin. Whether it did or didn't doesn't matter to Erie because the final outcome ended in its favor. The BayHawks pulled out an 98-96 overtime win against Tulsa on a goaltending call of Mitchell's shot at Tullio Arena. 'Tough call against us, but it was probably the right call,' Tulsa coach Nate Tibbetts said. Johnson scored a game-high 39 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the BayHawks (25-13) snapped a three-game losing skid before a season-high home crowd of 5,236. Erie is 1-2 versus the West Conference leading 66ers (28-11). 'We needed this big time,' Mitchell said. Johnson scored 24 of Erie's 47 points after halftime to keep the BayHawks in a game that ended in anti-climatic fashion. *Courtesy of www.goerie.com

Utah F. - New Mexico 105-89
The Utah Flash (23-15) used a big third quarter run to top the New Mexico Thunderbirds (15-25) 106-88 on Saturday night. The Flash's franchise long win-streak was increased to nine games with tonight's victory. In the first quarter, the Flash jumped out to a 13-5 lead led by Ryan Thompson (6'6''-G-89, college: Rider) who had a couple of early 3-pointers. The T-Birds would answer with an 8-0 to tie up the game at 13 and ended up trailing by just two points, 25-23 at the end of one quarter. After a back and forth start to the second quarter, the Flash used a 9-0 run to equal their largest lead of the game at 53-45. Brandon Costner (6'9''-F-87, college: N.Carolina St.) led the Flash with 15 points at the half and Utah led by that eight point margin, 59-51. Walter Sharpe led the T-Birds with 15 points of his own at the break. With 7:53 to go in the third quarter, Shane Edwards (6'7''-F-87, college: UALR) hit a turnaround jumper to cut the lead down to seven points. Utah would then take control of the game with a 19-1 run to take an 85-60 lead. They would hold a 20 point advantage after three quarters and go on to win by 18. Utah had seven players score in double figures led by Costner who had 21 points. Jazz assignee Jeremy Evans had 11 points, nine rebounds, and a team-high five blocks in under 30 minutes of play. Andre Ingram added 19, and Ryan Thompson had 17 points in his first start of the year. The Flash have six days off before they head to Reno for a weekend double-header with the Bighorns. *Courtesy of D-League

Bakersfield J. - Rio Grande 111-126
The Rio Grande Valley Vipers lowered their magic number to clinch a second consecutive playoff berth to one with a 126-111 win over the Bakersfield Jam on Saturday at the Jam Events Center. The Vipers (28-12) will clinch a playoff berth with a win or if both the Austin Toros (17-22) and Idaho Stampede (16-22) lose one game each. The Vipers hit 10 of their first 16 shots, including 4-of-6 by Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87, college: Marquette) who scored nine quick points while the Vipers jumped out to a 25-13 lead in the opening eight minutes. McNeal led all scorers with 31 points to go with five rebounds, six assists and four steals. *Courtesy of www.themonitor.com




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  ESTONIA   


Ivars Timermanis claims Estonian EMKL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Latvian Ivars Timermanis (202-F-82, agency: Alti Sport) had an amazing evening in the last round for Rakvere and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 28-year old forward had a double-double of 28 points and twelve rebounds, while his team edged out Valga/CKE (#6, 10-17) 95-93. Rakvere maintains the 4th position in Estonian EMKL. Rakvere is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 14-13 record. In the team's last game Timermanis had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range and got six three-pointers out of 12 attempts. He just recently signed at Rakvere and it was his first game, where he immediately became new team's leader.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American center Andrew Arnold (208-C-86) of TTU/Kalev II Tallinn. Arnold impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 27 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he lead TTU/Kalev II to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Voru KK (#9, 1-28) 86-56. TTU/Kalev II's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-18 record. Arnold is a newcomer at TTU/Kalev II and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.6ppg (#7). He also registered 11.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Juan Wyatt (203-F-84) of Voru KK (#9). Wyatt scored 16 points and grabbed twenty two rebounds (!!!). Despite Wyatt's great performance Voru KK lost 76-80in overtime to slightly higher-ranked Parnu (#8, 8-21). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Voru KK can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 1-28 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Wyatt he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Wyatt has a very solid season. In 4 games in Estonia he scored 6.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Silver Kuuba (198-F-74) of Voru KK - 15 points and 13 rebounds
5. Matthew Hall (191-G-86) of Rakvere - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Madis Saarmets (201-C-90) of TTU/Kalev II - 13 points and 11 rebounds
7. Curtis Allen (193-G-85) of Voru KK - 18 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Veljo Vares (200-F/G-81) of Valga/CKE - 21 points and 6 rebounds
9. Heigo Erm (190-G/F-80) of Rapla - 21 points and 4 rebounds
10. Raido Ringmets (204-C/F-83) of Rapla - 10 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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  FINLAND   


Williams' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
37-year old forward Damon Williams (201-F-73) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Pyrinto Tampere and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 39.
He had a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat KTP (#2, 28-11) 93-85. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Pyrinto to consolidate first place in the Finnish league. Pyrinto have a solid 33-7 record. In the team's last game Williams had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Pyrinto and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Colorado State-Pueblo graduate has very impressive stats this year. Williams is in league's top in points (8th best: 19.0ppg), rebounds (6th best: 9.6rpg), assists (4th best: 4.3apg) and averages solid 50.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Corey Belser (200-F-82) of Honka Espoo Playboys. He is American forward in his first season at Honka. In the last game Belser recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Honka cruised to a 84-74 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked ToPo (#8, 17-22). Honka's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 23-15 record is not bad and everything may still change. Belser is a newcomer at Honka and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Nicchaeus Doaks (202-F-87, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) of Salon Vilpas Vikings (#10). Doaks scored 26 points and grabbed nineteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Doaks' great performance Salon Vilpas lost 88-90 to the higher-ranked Karhu (#7, 18-20). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Salon Vilpas not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 27 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Doaks could try to bring Salon Vilpas' a little bit higher in the standings. Doaks has individually a great season in Finland. After 35 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.2rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Clifton Jones (201-F-78) of KTP - 22 points and 8 rebounds
5. Anthony Vereen (201-F-86) of Namika Lahti - 32 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Roope Suonio (176-G-82) of Namika Lahti - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 15 assists
7. Darren Fells (201-F/C-86) of Kataja - 11 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Lawrence Wright (195-F-84) of Korihait - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Corey Belser (200-F-82) of Honka - 15 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Tyray Pearson (201-F-80) of ToPo - 19 points, 11 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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  FRANCE   


Old vs New - by Willie Deane

A couple weeks ago, I read a collection of quotes from players, coaches, an ex-referee, and an owner that they have stated over the years on their views of the New NBA. I call it the New NBA for a lot of reasons but before I get into my reasons, I would just like to post some of the comments that were said from one player (Andre Miller), one owner (Mark Cuban), one coach (Stan Van Gundy), and an ex-referee (Tim Donaghy) just to give you different views, opinions and perspectives from every aspect/person involved in the NBA whom are very influential on the sport.

The rules dont apply to everyone. It just shows you how soft the league has gotten. Andre Miller

Im not so proud of the NBA. The NBA is rigged. Mark Cuban

The officials have singled out Dwight Howard, and they go out of their way to call technical fouls against him. Other guys get away with stuff, they look away. Stan Van Gundy

The league officials would tell referees that they should withhold calling technical fouls on certain star players because doing so would hurt ticket sales and television ratings. Many officials carried on relationships with teams, executives, coaches and players that violated their NBA contracts. Tim Donaghy

The first thing that came to my mind after reading these quotes was the fact that the NBA wasnt how I remembered it as a young child growing up when my mother used to watch the old Celtic teams battle the Show Time Lakers or even as I began to get older and watched teams known for their toughness/hard fouls like the Pistons Bad Boy teams or Rileys Knickerbockers. The same fouls that these teams were committing back then would be a cause for immediate ejection in todays New NBA.

Andre millers quote is right about the rules not being applied to everyone because its obvious that players like him are expendable compared to players like Kobe, Wade, Griffin, Lebron, and Durant just to name a few. Why should some players get treated with special treatment? I know that the higher profile players bring in more money and are more valuable to the league but is a foul not a foul? It bothers me to hear announcers say year after year, Well thats a superstar/vet call or he wont get that call because he is a rookie. These are exactly the bias and ridiculous views that I feel take away from the purity of the sport giving unfair advantages that have nothing to do with a players ability. Why should how many years you have been in the league or whether youre a star or not determine whether or not you should get a foul call?

It wasnt until recently that you had NBA players entering the league in their teens. Back in the Old NBA, sure you had your exceptions like Darrell Dawkins but not to the extent of the New NBA. Minus a few exceptions, one of the biggest differences between The New NBA and the Old NBA is the fact that the Old NBA was comprised of mostly grown men. The players who came into the league during the Old NBA, came into the league more developed and more seasoned. Nowadays organizations might overlook a player that can contribute now for a younger player that can potentially help the team 7 years from now. Instead of drafting for immediate impact, it is very common in the New NBA to draft players based off future potential.

Growing up watching the Old NBA, and comparing it to the players in the New NBA, I noticed in comparison that the players who played back then played with a more sense of pride and trying to win then they did for the money or wanting to play in a big city for more media coverage. Players back then didnt team up with other superstars to try to win championships, they did the best they could to help their teams win. Players in The Old NBA had longer careers with single organizations and showed more loyalty to the teams that drafted them. Dont get me wrong, Im not saying that the players in the New NBA dont play with a sense of pride, loyalty, and commitment but they dont do it to the level that they did in the Old NBA. I cant blame the players completely, because in the NBA no matter how great your career is or was, if you dont have a Championship or Championships then your career is looked down upon causing players to team up to chase Championships. As great as Reggie Miller was, even if Ray Allen were to retire before he broke his three-point record Ray Allens Championship will always separate his career from Reggie Millers. Players in the New NBA are crybabies, and are becoming more and more selfish. In the Old NBA, players werent getting contracts as large or long so they had to play more for pride. I love the NBA for the fact that it is mostly comprised of kids from poor backgrounds, and broken families and are giving those kids a chance even if they dont take advantage of it to have money for investing and money that should go towards furthering their education. In the New NBA, players contracts are so large and guaranteed for so long, most could care less if they win or if they are having a good season statistically unless it is the last year of their contract.

When you have an owner who was heavily fined and an ex-referee who was kicked out of the league for gambling say, and support their views on the NBA being rigged there has to be some truth to support their views. Although the NBA has blackballed Tim Donaghy, you cant tell me he was the only referee that was involved in the gambling, but exposing all of those involved would have dug up too many skeletons from the NBAs closet. I believe just like in every sport, it comes down to the money. What better way to cash in at the box office with the most viewers then having your two most high profile stars, biggest rivalries, or teams with the longest historic battles in the finals? Although basketball cant always be completely controlled by the puppet master, I without a doubt know that if they can have Kobe vs Lebron, or the Celtics vs the Lakers in the finals then strings will be pulled in an attempt to influence that result while also attempting to maximize profits off the finals match up which they feel the highest number of viewers will be tuned in.

At the NBAs defense, like basketball in any country, it is a business. I believe that the New NBA has implemented their new foul rules to protect its younger players and stars. If the majority of the fans come to see a certain player every night out, the NBA cant afford to have that player suspended or hurt because of a Old NBA foul. With the way the economy is at this point with the scarcity of jobs and many businesses losing money, I can not blame the NBA for trying to protect their investments (Superstars and high profile players) but when you start treating players unequally or with favoritism it begins to take its toll on the purity of the sport. Sacrificing morals as a way of maximizing profits in my eyes is never justifiable. [518]



Korvotney Barber claims French ProB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Korvotney Barber (201-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for Nantes and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 28 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team beat Dijon (#6, 14-10) 81-71. Nantes is placed at 14th position in French ProB. Nantes is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-14 record. Barber turned to be Nantes' top player in his first season with the team. Auburn University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Barber is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 10.4rpg) and averages solid 61.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American power forward Andre Harris (201-F/C-85) of Lille Metropole Basket Clubs. Harris impressed basketball fans with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Bad luck as Lille lost that game 68-73 to the lower-ranked Clermont (#17, 6-18). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Lille managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 12th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-14 record. Harris is a newcomer at Lille and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.5ppg (#2). He also registered 6.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Landon Milbourne (201-F-87) of SO Maritime Boulogne (#11). Milbourne scored 27 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Boulogne, leading his team to a 80-66 easy win against the lower-ranked Quimper (#16, 9-15). Boulogne needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 12 lost games. Milbourne has a great season in France. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.5ppg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chris Daniels (200-F-82) of Chalons-Reims - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Philippe Da Silva (192-G-79) of Evreux - 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Corey Rouse (203-F-84) of Charleville - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
7. James Mathis (199-F/C-84) of Maurienne - 10 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Lee Cummard (201-G-85) of Fos Ouest - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Brice Vounang (202-F/C-82) of St Vallier - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jean-Richard Volcy (203-F-82) of Quimper - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists

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


Pape-Philippe Amagou claims French ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Naturalized Ivorian Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Roanne and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 25-year old guard had the game-high 30 points adding five rebounds and two assists for Roanne in his team's victory, helping them to crush Limoges (#15, 5-15) with 17-point margin 94-77. Roanne is placed at 2nd position in Ivorian ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Roanne will need more victories to improve their 14-6 record. In the team's last game Amagou had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 7 attempts. It's his second year at Roanne and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Pape-Philippe Amagou averages this season 14.3ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American guard Ben Woodside (180-G-85, agency: Priority Sports) of Gravelines. Woodside impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 10 assists. Of course he lead Gravelines to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Le Havre (#11, 8-12) 94-74. Gravelines' 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Woodside is well-known by Gravelines fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.8ppg (#7). He also recorded 5.9 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was Nigerian Akinlolu Akingbala (208-F-83) of Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (#3). Akingbala scored 12 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Nancy, leading his team to a 72-69 win against the lower-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#9, 9-11). Nancy needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 6 lost games. Akingbala has a great season in France. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.8rpg (3rd best). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 60.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sammy Mejia (198-G-83) of Cholet - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Frank Elegar (206-C-86) of Vichy - 17 points and 10 rebounds
6. Rick Hughes (204-C/F-73) of Hyeres-Toulon - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Souleyman Diabate (180-G-87) of Roanne - 10 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists
8. Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78) of Roanne - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Eric Campbell (199-F-76) of Orleans - 21 points and 7 rebounds
10. Thomas Larrouquis (197-G/F-85) of Vichy - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Standings - N1
NM1 Standings
 1. Bordeaux 22-3 
 2. Denain 18-7 
 3. Brest 16-9 
 4. Angers BC 49 15-10 
 5. Sorgues 14-11 
 6. St Etienne 14-11 
 7. Blois 14-11 
 8. St Quentin 13-11 
 9. Challans 12-12 
 10. Le Puy 12-12 
 11. Souffel 12-13 
 12. Denek 11-13 
 13. Orchy 11-14 
 14. St Chamond 11-14 
 15. Lievin 10-15 
 16. Get Vosges 8-17 
 17. Roche 6-19 
 18. CFBB 4-21 


Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Blair, Denek23.7 
 2. Pridotkas, Brest18.7 
 3. Kennedy, Orchy18.5 
 4. Petrovic, St Et.17.9 
 5. Ford, Bordeaux17.1 
 6. James, Challans16.7 
 7. Blot, Blois16.7 
 8. Disy, Roche16.0 
 9. Lesieu, St Quentin15.9 
 10. Lalugba, Denain15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lavar SIMMONS
  St Etienne
  (201-F/C-83)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Simmons, St Et.8.8 
 2. Pasut, Sorgues8.5 
 3. Grimm, Blois8.3 
 4. Hoard, Lievin8.1 
 5. Kennedy, Orchy7.8 
 6. Cilly, Orchy7.6 
 7. Brocheray, Denain7.6 
 8. Alingue, Souffel7.6 
 9. Lesieu, St Quentin7.5 
 10. Lopez, Brest7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Pierre BROCHARD
  Blois
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Brochard, Blois6.5 
 2. Cortey, Le Puy6.1 
 3. Ramphort, Angers B.4.8 
 4. Barbry, Orchy4.3 
 5. Sauret, Denain4.2 
 6. Rambur, St Quentin4.0 
 7. Darrigand, Bordeaux4.0 
 8. Thomas, St Etienne3.6 
 9. Dessart, Lievin3.5 
 10. Tillon, St Chamond3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Blair, Denek2.8 
 2. Pistre, Le Puy2.2 
 3. Neri, Roche2.0 
 4. Sauret, Denain2.0 
 5. Ipouck, Le Puy1.8 
 6. El Amrani, St Et.1.8 
 7. Blot, Blois1.8 
 8. Barbry, Orchy1.7 
 9. James, Challans1.7 
 10. Schmieder, Challans1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jean-Stephane RINNA
  St Chamond
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Rinna, St Chamond1.8 
 2. Ford, Bordeaux1.7 
 3. Traore, Angers B.1.6 
 4. Alingue, Souffel1.6 
 5. Pasut, Sorgues1.3 
 6. Lalugba, Denain1.2 
 7. Ipouck, Le Puy1.1 
 8. Kolb, Blois1.1 
 9. Kennedy, Orchy1.0 
 10. Gourde, Get Vosges1.0 


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Superleague Round 2: MZT Skopje beats Fersped-Rabotnicki in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Second Stage in Superleague.

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Skopje: MZT Skopje (#2) and Fersped-Rabotnicki (#3). MZT Skopje (16-4) won against visiting Fersped-Rabotnicki (14-6) 82-71. The game was mostly controlled by MZT Skopje. Fersped-Rabotnicki managed to win fourth quarter 27-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Fersped-Rabotnicki to just 7 points in third quarter. They outrebounded Fersped-Rabotnicki 41-27 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by Fersped-Rabotnicki helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was center Kiril Nikolovski (210-C-88, agency: Interperformances) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Naturalized Serbian forward Nenad Zivcevic (204-87) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. International guard Dimitar Mirakovski (180-81, agency: Interperformances) produced 21 points for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. MZT Skopje maintains second position in Superleague with 16-4 record having just three points less than leader Feni Indistrija. Fersped-Rabotnicki at the other side keeps the third place with six games lost. MZT Skopje are looking forward to face Lirija (#6) on the road in the next round. Fersped-Rabotnicki will play against ABA Strumica and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Ovce Pole. First ranked Kumanovo 2009 faced second-ranked Ovce Pole. Guests from Kumanovo (9-11) defeated host Ovce Pole (6-14) 98-82. Serbian forward Milan Janjusevic (196-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points. Darko Matic contributed with 19 points for the winners. Forward Jove Kurciev (197-87) replied with 26 points for Ovce Pole. Newly promoted Kumanovo 2009 maintains first position in Play OUT with 9-11 record. Ovce Pole at the other side keeps the second place with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last two games of round 2 In Superleague ABA Strumica was defeated by Feni Indistrija in Kavadarci 89-82. Torus Skopje beat Lirija at home 92-78.


Superleague
Feni Indistrija - ABA Strumica 89-82

There was no surprise in Kavadarci where 5th ranked ABA Strumica (9-11) was defeated by first ranked Feni Indistrija (19-1) 89-82. ABA Strumica was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Feni Indistrija made 19-of-21 charity shots (90.5 percent) during the game. American guard Jarrid Frye (194-85, college: Sacred Heart) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. The former international guard Darko Sokolov (190-86) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Feni Indistrija's coach Emil Rajkovic used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American center John Chappell (208, college: S.Carolina) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Jeremiah Boswell (194-82) added 18 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals in the effort for ABA Strumica. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains first position in Superleague with 19-1 record. Newly promoted ABA Strumica keeps the fifth place with 11 games lost. Feni Indistrija will play against Torus Skopje (#4) on the road in the next round. ABA Strumica will play against Fersped-Rabotnicki in Skopje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ABA Strumica: J.Boswell 18+6reb+5ast, J.Chappell 15+13reb+2ast, Z.Stojanov 14+5reb, M.Hasanov 13+4reb+1ast, S.Hadzivasilev 7+1reb+2ast, D.Buchberger 7+3reb+2ast
Feni Indistrija: J.Frye 22+11reb+3ast, D.Sokolov 20+1reb+3ast, S.Mihajloski 14+3reb+1ast, O.Stojanovski 12+1reb, D.Knezevic 7+6reb+2ast, D.Tasovski 5+1reb
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Torus Skopje - Lirija 92-78


No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Torus Skopje (12-8) defeated at home 6th ranked Lirija (7-13) 92-78. The game without a history. Torus Skopje led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Lirija's players. Torus Skopje brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Serbian power forward Nemanja Jelesijevic (209-79, agency: World Sport Agency) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds. The former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Dominican guard Carlos Morban (187-82, college: Florida Intern., agency: Global Sports Plaza) replied with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists and center Kiril Pavlovski (210-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 21 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Lirija. Five Torus Skopje and four Lirija players scored in double figures. Lirija's coach rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Torus Skopje maintains fourth position in Superleague with 12-8 record. Newly promoted Lirija keeps the sixth place with 13 games lost. Torus Skopje will play against league's leader Feni Indistrija in Kavadarci in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Lirija will play at home against the league's second-placed MZT Skopje (#2) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Lirija: C.Morban 22+7reb+9ast, K.Pavlovski 21+7reb, E.Azemi 15+3reb+2ast, M.Despotovic 10+3reb, S.Mavel Rejnerio 5+10reb+1ast, J.Nikolovski 4+1reb
Torus Skopje: B.Trajkovski 20+12reb+1ast, N.Jelesijevic 16+15reb+3ast, N.Karakolev 15+2reb+4ast, B.Krstevski 14+1reb, A.Kostovski 10+1reb+10ast, J.Markovski 7+3reb+1ast

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MZT Skopje - Rabotnicki 82-71

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Skopje: MZT Skopje (#2) and Fersped-Rabotnicki (#3). MZT Skopje (16-4) won against visiting Fersped-Rabotnicki (14-6) 82-71. The game was mostly controlled by MZT Skopje. Fersped-Rabotnicki managed to win fourth quarter 27-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Fersped-Rabotnicki to just 7 points in third quarter. They outrebounded Fersped-Rabotnicki 41-27 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by Fersped-Rabotnicki helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was center Kiril Nikolovski (210-88, agency: Interperformances) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Naturalized Serbian forward Nenad Zivcevic (204-87) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. International guard Dimitar Mirakovski (180-81, agency: Interperformances) produced 21 points and Geri Dendra added 7 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. MZT Skopje maintains second position in Superleague with 16-4 record having just three points less than leader Feni Indistrija. Fersped-Rabotnicki at the other side keeps the third place with six games lost. MZT Skopje are looking forward to face Lirija (#6) on the road in the next round. Fersped-Rabotnicki will play against ABA Strumica and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rabotnicki: D.Mirakovski 21+3reb+1ast, E.Hadzibulic 12, V.Filipovic 9+1reb, E.Bogoev 7+3ast, G.Dendra 7+7reb+1ast, I.Sazdov 7+2reb
MZT Skopje: K.Nikolovski 20+11reb+1ast, N.Zivcevic 17+5reb+2ast, S.Avramovski 9+2reb+2ast, J.Petrovski 7+5reb+3ast, T.Grncarov 7+7reb+2ast, V.Velickovic 6+3reb+2ast
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Play Out
Ovce Pole - Kumanovo 2009 82-98

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Ovce Pole. First ranked Kumanovo 2009 faced second-ranked Ovce Pole. Guests from Kumanovo (9-11) defeated host Ovce Pole (6-14) 98-82. The game was mostly controlled by Kumanovo 2009. Ovce Pole was better in second period 27-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kumanovo 2009 shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. Serbian forward Milan Janjusevic (196-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points. Serbian center Darko Matic (-84, agency: 011 Sports) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Forward Jove Kurciev (197-87) replied with 26 points and center Daniel Zaharievski (206-87) added 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for Ovce Pole. Five Kumanovo 2009 and four Ovce Pole players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Kumanovo 2009 maintains first position in Play OUT with 9-11 record. Ovce Pole at the other side keeps the second place with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Ovce Pole: J.Kurciev 26+4reb+1ast, D.Zaharievski 16+4reb+1ast, T.Stojcevski 12+4reb+3ast, D.Savovic 11+3reb+3ast, T.Ivkovic 7+1ast, F.Pavlovic 4+4reb+2ast
Kumanovo 2009: M.Janjusevic 26+3reb+1ast, D.Matic 19+2reb+1ast, D.Mikic 14+4reb+1ast, I.Vukotic 12+3reb+5ast, D.Stanimirovic 11+3reb+2ast, D.Kalov 9+3reb
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D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
Superleague
 1. Feni Indistrija 19-1 
 2. MZT Skopje 16-4 
 3. Rabotnicki 14-6 
 4. Torus Skopje 12-8 
 5. ABA Strumica 9-11 
 6. Lirija 7-13 
Play OUT
 1. Kumanovo 2009 9-11 
 2. Ovce Pole 6-14 
 3. Ultimate Basket 5-14 
 4. Pelister Bitola 2-17 


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Darko MATIC
  Kumanovo 2009
  (-C-84)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Matic, Kumanovo.22.7 
 2. Jovanovic, Ultima.20.3 
 3. Mirakovski, Rabot.17.3 
 4. Petkovski, Pelist.16.8 
 5. Trajkovski, Torus S.16.8 
 6. Morban, Lirija16.8 
 7. Filipovic, Ovce Pole16.4 
 8. Blazevski, Rabotnicki16.2 
 9. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.16.1 
 10. Nikolovski, MZT S.15.8 
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, Lirija9.3 
 4. Nikolovski, MZT S.8.7 
 5. Talevski, Pelist.8.1 
 6. Trajkovski, Torus S.8.0 
 7. Chappell, ABA S.7.7 
 8. Knezevic, Feni I.7.2 
 9. Rejnerio, Lirija7.2 
 10. Simic, Rabotnicki7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos MORBAN
  Lirija
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Morban, Lirija5.3 
 2. Kostovski, Torus S.5.2 
 3. Mirakovski, Rabot.5.1 
 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. Azemi, Lirija1.8 
 3. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.5 
 4. Morban, Lirija1.4 
 5. Petrovski, MZT S.1.4 
 6. Mladenovic, Ultima.1.4 
 7. Blazevski, Rabotnicki1.4 
 8. Stimson, ABA S.1.3 
 9. Miljkovic, Torus S.1.3 
 10. Stojanovski, Feni I.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Bojan TRAJKOVSKI
  Torus Skopje
  (206-C/F-88)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Trajkovski, Torus S.2.2 
 2. Chappell, ABA S.1.8 
 3. Krstevski, Torus S.1.2 
 4. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.1.1 
 5. Petric, Kumanovo.1.1 
 6. Avramovski, MZT S.1.1 
 7. Gocevski, Rabotnicki1.0 
 8. Frye, Feni Indistrija0.9 
 9. Simic, Rabotnicki0.9 
 10. Talevski, MZT S.0.6 


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  GERMANY   


The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Get Extra Energy From The Marius Nolte Lego Man As They Win Their 8th Game In A Row In Giessen 81-62 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Playing in the Hessen Derby in the Osthalle is always something extremely fascinating with the Frankfurt-Giessen rivalries like a Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees, Boca Juniors-River Plate or AC Milan-Inter Milan battle, because it doesnt only bring out the best in the players, but also with the fans. The Osthalle is never an easy place to play in because the location can be as hostel and brutal as being stuck on 5th avenue in New York in rush hour, having to survive the blizzard of 78 in New England or hanging out in front of Yankees stadium after a New York loss and chanting New York sucks. The atmosphere was incredible as usual and stayed in the heads of the players, but The Deutsche Bank Skyliners had less problems as they out played the Giessen 46ers 81-62. 'The atmosphere was great and the perfect place to play a derby game. The atmosphere in Giessen beat many big places in the league', added Skyliner forward Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR). 'I had played in many tough places in the PRO A, but I had never really experienced a place like Giessen. We had great support from the fans tonight', said Skyliner Air Canada Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan). 'It was a derby game, but we didnt give the fans anything to cheer about. If we dont play well then they are not satisfied which effects the atmosphere. I have played in a better atmosphere', stated Giessen forward Elvir Ovcina (211-F/C-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Syracuse). Frankfurt won their fifth game in a row and keep showing that they are the second best team in the BEKO BBL. 'We simply sucked tonight. We couldt execute on offense or defense. We let them do what they wanted to. We play harder in practice. They outworked us and deserved to win', stated Giessen 46er guard Michael Jordan (183-G-77, college: Pennsylvania). Frankfurt continues to look like a fine tuned Ferrari thats ready to win the Monte Caro Grand Prix. 'It all looks so easy for us because we have a great coach who prepares us well with the game plan. We play for each other', stated new Canadian national player Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan).

Despite all these hardships of having to come to terms with the crowd in the Osthalle, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have had massive fortune playing in Giessen as the last time Frankfurt had lost in the Osthalle had been December 2002 as the teams were called Opel Skyliners and Avitos Giessen, Kai Nurnberger (183-G-66) was barking the signals at the point, Justin Bieber was only 7 years old, American actor Charlie Sheen was still somewhat sane, or Boston Red Sox fans were still mulling the possibility of going through life never ever seeing a World Series win. Frankfurt had had some fond memories in the last years as ex Skyliner Alex King (200-F/G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) had had one of his best games in 2008 and who could forget the Frankfurt 93-63 trouncing in 2005 as American Desmond Ferguson nailed 7 three pointers. March 5th, 2011 remained a very good memory for Gordon Herbert and company as the long winless drought for Giessen continued. 'It is hard to say what it is winning 8 times in a row here with the team always changing so much through the years, but one could call it luck. It is simply a good thing for Frankfurt', stressed Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR). 'Frankfurt really has been dominating in Giessen over the years. This is one of the hardest places to play in the league, but apparently not for Frankfurt', commented ex MBC guard Michael Jordan (183-G-77, college: Pennsylvania).

The Giessen season has had three parts with a great start going 5-2, but it was in Frankfurt at the start of the season where American sharp shooter Anthony Smith went down with an injury. This mishap started the second part of the season where the club was unable to buy a win as the traditional team lost 13 games in a row. The club then made changes bringing in American coach Steven Key , Michael Jordan (183-G-77, college: Pennsylvania) and 2001 NBA draft pick Maurice Jeffers (194-G/F-79, college: St.Louis). Key coached the Duesseldorf Magic for two years and recently in the States in the WNBA. Key has come in as if he has been apart of the BEKO BBL the last years. I have always been following the league and I felt comfortable taking over for Vladi Bogojevic. It is never easy coming in in the middle of the season. We have a good team and they have done a good job accepting me, but we need to find more consistency', warned Giessen head coach Steven Key . Since the change the team is 2-4 and the misfortune seems to still be plaguing the team. 'Since I have been here we have been up and down. We played well against Oldenburg, kept pace with Bamberg for three quarters, but then in Ulm by 20 points. We scored only three points in the fourth quarter in Bamberg. We started the fourth quarter with a few mistakes which cost us as Suput him some three pointers and they got easy baskets. This was like a body blow in a boxing match where we lost all our air and couldnt get back in game. We have to find a way to be more consistent on defense in the last 8 games', stressed Steven Key . As the season started, the team looked strong on paper, but with the additions of Jordan and Jeffers, the club has more depth to the roster which should lead to a few more wins. 'We were lacking leadership and experience and only had Ovcina. But we got a great leader with Jordan and got added experience with Jeffers. They have been helping the young players', said Steven Key .

The Giessen 46ers dont only have their loud fans, but also team mascots Fabi and Fabius who bring their tem luck. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have their beloved Dunking Kong that doesnt make the road games, but shortly before the game started, a big Lego like figure appeared in the Skyliner Skybembels area displaying a rascal like grin and having the #14 of Marius Nolte on his jersey. If this is a new mascot or just a carnival prank is unknown, but the big creature was noticeable to some players. 'That Lego man was cool. he had a very vicious smile. That lego man did look like Marius and the more I looked at him the more he looked like him', joked Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR). 'I liked the Lego man. That showed how big our fan support was having something like that there', added Skyliner forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan). The first quarter had two faces as the Giessen 46ers got off to the faster start as they led 9-4 quickly as they found their rhythm quicker. Muurinen did start off the game with one of his current favorite plays the penetration as teams still havent caught this strength in the scouting. Chris Moss (204-F-80, college: W.Virginia) who has been quiet on offense in the last games got active scoring inside earl. However Giessen had more fire power displaying a Anthony Smith three pointer and Zachery Peacock jumper. Giessen then took something out of the Frankfurt play book with the extra pass as Jordan found Peacock who didnt finish, but opted for an extra feed to young German Tim Schwartz (199-F-87) who finished with a two handed dunk.

Skyliner coach Gordon Herbert took a time out and when his team returned to the floor, they exploded and prompt went on a 15-2 run to lead 19-11 after one quarter. Frankfurt was able to set the tempo and played very smart basketball which was led by point guard Wood who got the Frankfurt offense rolling and it would never loose its rhythm again in the game. DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) was involved with the next three Frankfurt buckets as he nailed a three pointer, then found Moss for two points an dthen made a steal and made the easy transition basket. Moss then made a reverse lay up and Frankfurt continued to get support from many faces as Muurinen was back in the scoring department after starting the game with a lay up, the Finn now made a beautiful high rainbow jumper over Ovcina and then came into the lane as the trailer scooping up a perfect no look pass from Wood. Powell ended the first quarter with a hard fought offensive rebound and put back. 'We had a good start leading 9-4. Frankfurt then went on a 15-2 run. We made bad plays and werent bale to get back into the game', said Elvir Ovcina (211-F/C-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Syracuse). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 56% from the field and 20% from outside while The Giessen 46ers were shooting 38% from the field and 33% from outside. Frankfurt had the 7-5 rebound edge and only three turnovers while The Giessen 46ers had three turnovers.

In the second quarter, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were able to keep their comfortable 10 point lead despite Giessen trying to cut the lead down a bit, Frankfurt was consistent enough on offense to keep the lead up. Frankfurt also was alert making incredible shots with hands in their face. Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) made a brilliant fade away three pointer as the shot clock wound down and American Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) made a bomb form outside as Ovcina was breathing down his neck. Smith cut the Frankfurt lead down to 24-16 with a three pointer. However Frankfurt kept pouring it on continously led by current top BEKO BBL leadings corer DaShaun Wood who kept doing damage inside with an off balance floater and lay up as Frankfurt led 31-19. One guy that Frankfurt had big problems stopping mid way through the second quarter was Ovcina who scored 7 consecutive Giessen points all inside. The prettiest was on a fast break as Peacock secured the rebound made a long pass to the big Bosnien who went 2 on 1 with German Schwartz who faked a pass and finished himself and suddenly Frankfurt led only 33-26.

Frankfurt finished the second quarter on a 5-2 run to go into halftime 38-28. New Skyliner Shepherd got his first BEKO BBL points with a hard drive to the hoop. 'I felt good tonight. The guys helped me talking to me on the court. It is an adjustment to the PRO A as the style of play here is more physical and the players are smarter', added Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan). 'Shepherd did all right tonight. He is very athletic and the more he is with the team the more that he will help the team', warned Michael Jordan (183-G-77, college: Pennsylvania). 'Frankfurt continued to have the lead and we came back a few times cutting the lead to 6-7 points. But we couldnt get any closer because we continued to make mistakes. You cant play like that because a team like Frankfurt will always punish you', warned Elvir Ovcina (211-F/C-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Syracuse). 'We played the typical Frankfurt game in the first half', added Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 52% from the field and 22% from the three point line while The Giessen 46ers were shooting 45% from the field and 29% from the three point line. Frankfurt had the 16-11 rebound lead and only 6 turnovers while Giessen had 11 turnovers.

The Giessen 46ers were able to keep up with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners in the first half, but in the second half, Frankfurt was able to heighten their lead and easily get another win on the road. Wood showed his scoring explosiveness as he took Frankfurt on a mini 4-0 run in the first 37 seconds prompting Steven Key to take a time out. Wood started the scoring in the third quarter with one of his patent lay ins where defense was no where in sight. Wood then came between a pass that was chosen for Jordan as he sprinted down for another easy lay up. 'Wood is a great player. It is not just hiss coring but his decision making is superb. He is one of the best players in the league', said Elvir Ovcina (211-F/C-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Syracuse). 'Wood had a good game. We knew what he would do, but just couldnt stop him. You need to be physical with him, but we just let him walk down the lane. You have to challenge Wood to take jumpers to be successful', warned Michael Jordan (183-G-77, college: Pennsylvania). Frankfurt continued keeping the pressure on on offense going on a 10-1 run to lead 49-33 as the Ost halle was getting extremely quiet. Mckinney hit some jumpers and Powell continued to improve his dismal 24% three point shooting percentage. After a Peacock lay up, Frankfurt went on a another big run of 10-0 which was sparked by 8 Powell points as Frankfurt led 59-35 and no one believed on a Giessen come back on this day. Powell hit two additional three pointers and made a pretty play on the corner making a shot fake on Smith who flew by him and the American then proceeded to fly from the base line and make a soft one handed dunk.Giessen then went on a mini 6-2 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 61-41. American Ryan Brooks (193-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Temple) made two three pointers, but Wood made a nifty cross over by Brooks laying the ball in with his left hand. Frankfurt then finished the third quarter with a 8-1 run to lead 69-42 after three quarters. Wood continued to be in the zone as he scored three consecutive hoops showing his penetration domination setting the Frankfurt fans in awe with every play he did. It also wasnt non typical to see Giessen fans in dispair on their faces with every continued basket by Wood. ' We werent ready as we came back on the floor in the third quarter. They got the big lead and the game was decided after 25 minutes', stressed Elvir Ovcina (211-F/C-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Syracuse). 'I think it was our defensive intensity that was key in extending our lead in the third quarter', expressed Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 60% from the field and 42% from the parking lot. The Giessen 46ers were shooting 43% from the field and 38% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the 23-14 rebound edge and only 9 turnovers while Giessen had 17 turnovers.

The Giessen 46ers showed their best game in the fourth quarter winning it 20-12, but on account of the big Frankfurt lead were unable to make any real damage in the big Frankfurt lead. The fourth quarter was dominated by ally-ops and dunks which gave the fans some fun in the meaningless game at that point. Giessen started strong on a 5-0 run as Brooks nailed another three pointer and German Jannik Freese hit two free throws. Then out of the blue came tow fantastic ally ops. The first had Michael Jordan (183-G-77, college: Pennsylvania) finding an undetected Ryan Brooks (193-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Temple) sky high and dunk home his pass. New Skyliner Shepherd then was fed by a perfect Wood pass for the jam. 'Wood has quick eyes. I pointed up and didnt think he saw me, but all of a sudden the pass was there', added Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan). Giessen then went on a 6-2 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 75-55. Frankfurt got a bit careless in the forth quarter giving up too many offensive boards. Smith made a put back grabbing an offensive rebound and then drove through the zone in the air dunking and Ovcina scored in the lane with his left hand. The ally op fest wasnt over and fans might have been awaiting a Super Tez or Powell dunk, but instead it was Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) who skyed high dunking home an ally op. 'That was my first one handed ally op dunk which was cool. I hope to see that dunk on the Skyliners homepage', laughed Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR). 'The ally ops were nice for the fans in a 30 point game', added Elvir Ovcina (211-F/C-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Syracuse). Giessen continued doing a good job on the offensive boards as little used Dirk Madrich made a put back. With a little more than a minute t play, Skyliner skipper Gordon Herbert put in Fabian Franke and and 20 year old Benedikt Nicolay who made his BEKO BBL debut going 0/1 from outside. Anthony Smith finished the scoring in the game with a dunk as Frankfurt won 81-62.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by DaShaun Wood with 28 points, five rebounds and six assists. Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) added 18 points and five rebounds. Jimmy McKinney added 11 points. The Giessen 46ers were led by Ryan Brooks (193-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Temple) with 17 points. Elvir Ovcina (211-F/C-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Syracuse) added 15 points. Anthony Smith chipped in with 12 points. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners shot 55% from the field and dominated the points in the paint 42-22 and rebounding 31-24. Frankfurt held The Giessen 46ers to only 62 points and it would have been less had the home team not stepped it up in the last quarter. Effort seems to be the key word for a big part of the success of Frankfurt this season. 'They play for each other on defense. They have a lot of energy. Without energy, you cant play good defense. They have a fighting attitude and you feel that they really want to stop you. They looked like a team and we did not. They wanted to win so much more than us', stressed Elvir Ovcina (211-F/C-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Syracuse). Skyliner forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) knew what the biggest strength of the night was for Frankfurt and was also the unexpected strength of the evening. 'Playing together on offense and defense was our biggest asset tonight', added Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan). 'Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) was an unexpected good thing tonight. He blended in well so quickly and was a positive surprise. he will really help us', warned Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host BG Goettingen on March 12th at 20:00.


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A2 Round 17: Ikaroi Serron loses to Amyntas Dafnis - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The game between second ranked Ikaroi Serron (12-5) and ninth ranked Amyntas Dafnis (8-9) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Ikaroi Serron was defeated by Amyntas Dafnis in a tough game in Athens 71-75. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Ikaroi Serron. Amyntas Dafnis made 30-of-34 free shots (88.2 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Ikaroi Serron 46-22 including a 31-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by Ikaroi Serron helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Kostas Vardavas (193-G-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 9 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Forward Pigas Papargiropoulos (202-86) contributed with 10 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Amyntas Dafnis' coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Savvas Kaberidis (187-78) answered with 19 points and 6 assists for Ikaroi Serron. Amyntas Dafnis moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Apollon Patras and Ermis Lagkada. Ikaroi Serron at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. Amyntas Dafnis' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Pagrati.
An interesting game for KAOD (16-1) which hosted in Dramas 4th placed Lavrio (11-6). First ranked KAOD had an easy win 103-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Lavrio. Power forward Vageli Margaritis (202-82) stepped up and scored 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and Nikos Katsares chipped in 12 points and 10 assists. Swingman Dionysios Giannakopoulos (195-82) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. Lavrio's coach Christos Serellis gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. KAOD have an impressive series of fifteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-1 record. Newly promoted Lavrio keeps the fourth position with six games lost. KAOD will play against bottom-ranked Near East (#16) in Kesariani in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Lavrio will play at home against the league's second-placed AGOR (#2) in Rethymno and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Arkadia was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Panelefsiniakos (9-8) played at the court of sixth ranked Arkadikos (10-7). Arkadikos defeated Panelefsiniakos 76-61 on Saturday. Nikos Kokkalis nailed 12 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Giorgos Tirlas came up with 14 points for Panelefsiniakos in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Arkadikos moved-up to fifth place. Panelefsiniakos lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Arkadikos will meet Olimpiada (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Panelefsiniakos will play against Panerythraikos (#14) in New Eritrea and hope to secure a win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Ermis Lagkada (8-9) and Pagrati (6-11), which took place in Athens. Higher ranked Ermis Lagkada lost to fourteenth ranked Pagrati in a road game 66-82. The best player for the winners was Kostas Macheras who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Pagrati moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Olimpiada and Panerythraikos. Ermis Lagkada at the other side keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Pagrati's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Amyntas Dafnis.
Another upset was a game between AEK/Argous (7-10) and Panerythraikos (6-11), which took place in New Eritrea. Higher ranked AEK/Argous lost to fifteenth ranked Panerythraikos in a road game 77-84 on Saturday. Andreas Sizopoulos orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points. Panerythraikos' coach Dimitris Houhoulis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Panerythraikos moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Pagrati and Olimpiada. AEK/Argous at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the eleventh position with ten games lost. Panerythraikos will face higher ranked Panelefsiniakos (#6) in Eleusina in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 17: bottom-ranked Near East was smashed by Apollon Patras on the road 98-60. Periko/Arhelaos won against Koroivos on its own court 83-68. Olimpiada was outscored by AGOR in Rethymno 108-65.
The most impressive performance of 17th round was 26 points and 7 rebounds by Nikos Pettas of Koroivos.


Pagrati - Ermis Lagkada 82-66

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Ermis Lagkada (8-9) and Pagrati (6-11), which took place in Athens. Higher ranked Ermis Lagkada lost to fourteenth ranked Pagrati in a road game 66-82. The game was mostly controlled by Pagrati. Ermis Lagkada was better in second period 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ermis Lagkada to just 4 points in first quarter. They outrebounded Ermis Lagkada 41-24 including a 31-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was center Kostas Macheras (205-85, agency: FCM) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Fotis Vasilopoulos (187-86) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Pagrati players scored in double figures. Guard Nicos Papakonstantinou (182-84) produced 18 points and naturalized German guard Darko Rallis (180-78) added 12 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Pagrati moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Olimpiada and Panerythraikos. Ermis Lagkada at the other side keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Pagrati's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Amyntas Dafnis.
Top scorers:
Pagrati: F.Vasilopoulos 17+5reb+4ast, K.Macheras 16+14reb+2ast, T.Vardianos 15+2ast, D.Lolas 12+10reb, N.Voulgaris 9+2reb+1ast, I.Ploutetski 4+1reb
Ermis Lagkada: N.Papakonstantinou 18+1reb+1ast, D.Rallis 12+1reb+2ast, A.Panagiotopoulos 10+1reb+1ast, H.Plioukas 9+3reb+3ast, A.Stevovic 5+3reb+1ast, G.Anagnostopoulos 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 98846


KAOD - Lavrio 103-81

An interesting game for KAOD (16-1) which hosted in Dramas 4th placed Lavrio (11-6). First ranked KAOD had an easy win 103-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Lavrio. The game was mostly controlled by KAOD. Lavrio was better in third quarter 25-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when KAOD won last quarter 38-17. It was a great shooting night for KAOD especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. Lavrio was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Power forward Vageli Margaritis (202-82) stepped up and scored 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and guard Nikos Katsares (190-83) chipped in 12 points and 10 assists. Swingman Dionysios Giannakopoulos (195-82) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists and forward Yiannis Kakiouzis (205-78) scored 25 points. Five KAOD and four Lavrio players scored in double figures. Lavrio's coach Christos Serellis gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. KAOD have an impressive series of fifteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-1 record. Newly promoted Lavrio keeps the fourth position with six games lost. KAOD will play against bottom-ranked Near East (#16) in Kesariani in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Lavrio will play at home against the league's second-placed AGOR (#2) in Rethymno and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KAOD: V.Margaritis 21+5reb+1ast, V.Kitsoulis 15+2reb+2ast, I.Vukantinov 15+1reb, L.Jovanovic 14+8reb, N.Katsares 12+3reb+10ast, C.Choumas 12+2reb
Lavrio: Y.Kakiouzis 25+3reb, D.Giannakopoulos 25+6reb+10ast, N.Psileas 12+5reb+2ast, K.Paschalis 10+5reb, P.Karvounis 9+2reb+3ast, C.Likogiannis 0
gschID: 98842


Apollon Patras - Near East 98-60

No shocking result in a game when tenth ranked Apollon Patras (8-9) crushed at home bottom-ranked Near East (4-13) 98-60 on Saturday. The game without a history. Apollon Patras led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 63.8 percent from the field. Apollon Patras outrebounded Near East 32-20 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 55.6 percentage. Apollon Patras looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Guard Nikos Argyropoylos (188-78) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 5 assists. Serbian forward Djordje Pantelic (204-84) contributed with 9 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Fragiskos Amato (205-78, agency: FCM) answered with 14 points and 4 steals and guard Alkis Pappas (185-88, agency: FCM) added 8 points in the effort for Near East. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Apollon Patras moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Amyntas Dafnis and Ermis Lagkada. Loser Near East stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Apollon Patras will face Koroivos (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Near East will play against the league's leader KAOD and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Apollon Patras: N.Argyropoylos 15+4reb+5ast, Z.Milovic 10+2reb+1ast, G.Lianos 10+5reb+2ast, G.Petropoulos 9+1reb+2ast, S.Daniil 9+3reb+2ast, T.Zafiris 9+1reb
Near East: F.Amato 14+2reb+1ast, F.Moschovitis 8+2reb+3ast, A.Pappas 8+4reb+3ast, N.Tsoutsos 8+4reb+2ast, M.Stanojevic 6+1reb+1ast, C.Gavanopoulos 6+2reb
gschID: 98843


Periko/Arhelaos - Koroivos 83-68

Rather expected game when 13th ranked Koroivos (5-12) lost to eleventh ranked Periko/Arhelaos (8-10) in Perikos 68-83 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Periko/Arhelaos. Koroivos was better in third quarter 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Periko/Arhelaos dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Koroivos' 22 and made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Guard Giannis Rodostoglou (197-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 4 assists. Swingman Panagiotis Nanis (195-80) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Four Periko/Arhelaos players scored in double figures. Periko/Arhelaos' coach Costas Sorotos allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Nikos Pettas (195-81) answered with 26 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian guard Marko Pekovic (193-81, agency: BeoExcell) added 9 points and 4 assists in the effort for Koroivos. Periko/Arhelaos moved-up to tenth place. Koroivos at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the fifteenth position with 12 games lost. Periko/Arhelaos will face higher ranked Ikaroi Serron (#3) in Serres in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Koroivos will play at home against Apollon Patras (#7).
Top scorers:
Periko/Arhelaos: G.Rodostoglou 21+3reb+4ast, P.Nanis 15+3reb, K.Behlivanis 11+3reb+4ast, U.Igbavboa 11+5reb+1ast, E.Jeromanovs 9+5reb+3ast, A.Sivorotka 6+5reb
Koroivos: N.Pettas 26+7reb+2ast, M.Matalon 10+1reb+1ast, T.Dimitriadis 10+2reb+1ast, P.Kosanovic 9+5reb+2ast, M.Pekovic 9+4reb+4ast, T.Ifantis 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 98844


Amyntas Dafnis - Ikaroi Serron 75-71

The game between second ranked Ikaroi Serron (12-5) and ninth ranked Amyntas Dafnis (8-9) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Ikaroi Serron was defeated by Amyntas Dafnis in a tough game in Athens 71-75. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Ikaroi Serron. Amyntas Dafnis made 30-of-34 free shots (88.2 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Ikaroi Serron 46-22 including a 31-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by Ikaroi Serron helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Kostas Vardavas (193-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 9 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Forward Pigas Papargiropoulos (202-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Four Amyntas Dafnis players scored in double figures. Amyntas Dafnis' coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Savvas Kaberidis (187-78) answered with 19 points and 6 assists and guard Giorgos Koukas (180-85, agency: FCM) added 14 points and 6 assists in the effort for Ikaroi Serron. Amyntas Dafnis moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Apollon Patras and Ermis Lagkada. Ikaroi Serron at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. Amyntas Dafnis' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Pagrati.
Top scorers:
Amyntas Dafnis: K.Vardavas 17+9reb, B.Samothrakis 13+2reb+1ast, S.Dorkofikis 12+6reb, P.Papargiropoulos 10+13reb, L.Zoupas 8+3reb+5ast, F.Pagonis 6+6reb+1ast
Ikaroi Serron: S.Kaberidis 19+4reb+6ast, G.Koukas 14+2reb+6ast, K.Totsios 12+1reb, F.Simeonidis 8+5reb+1ast, K.Kakaroudis 6+3reb, K.Pehlivanis 6+4reb
gschID: 98845


Panerythraikos - AEK/Argous 84-77

Another upset was a game between AEK/Argous (7-10) and Panerythraikos (6-11), which took place in New Eritrea. Higher ranked AEK/Argous lost to fifteenth ranked Panerythraikos in a road game 77-84 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 26-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Panerythraikos forced 20 AEK/Argous turnovers. Strangely AEK/Argous outrebounded Panerythraikos 34-16 including a 25-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Cypriot guard Andreas Sizopoulos (189-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points. Forward Nikos Pritsos (197-82) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Panerythraikos' coach Dimitris Houhoulis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Power forward Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-83, agency: FCM) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and Croatian center Ivan Kartelo (208-79, college: Purdue) added 15 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for AEK/Argous. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Panerythraikos moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Pagrati and Olimpiada. AEK/Argous at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the eleventh position with ten games lost. Panerythraikos will face higher ranked Panelefsiniakos (#6) in Eleusina in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Panerythraikos: A.Sizopoulos 19+2reb+2ast, N.Pritsos 14+3reb, N.Matzioris 12+2reb, G.Charalabakis 12+1reb, M.Laksa 8+1ast, T.Straganiotis 8+2ast
AEK/Argous: D.Lewis 17+2reb+4ast, A.Gizogiannis 17+10reb+4ast, I.Kartelo 15+8reb+3ast, D.Papantoniou 12+4reb+4ast, A.Raptis 6+2reb+3ast, T.Kasabalis 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 98839


Arkadikos - Panelefsiniakos 76-61

The game in Arkadia was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Panelefsiniakos (9-8) played at the court of sixth ranked Arkadikos (10-7). Arkadikos defeated Panelefsiniakos 76-61 on Saturday. The game without a history. Arkadikos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. Arkadikos outrebounded Panelefsiniakos 38-25 including 25 on the defensive glass. Swingman Nikos Kokkalis (198-85) nailed 12 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and power forward Sokrates Gizogiannis (202-82) accounted for 16 points and 6 rebounds. Four Arkadikos players scored in double figures. Forward Giorgos Tirlas (198-80) came up with 14 points and forward Vagel Koukouravas (186-82) added 9 points respectively for Panelefsiniakos in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Arkadikos moved-up to fifth place. Panelefsiniakos lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Arkadikos will meet Olimpiada (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Panelefsiniakos will play against Panerythraikos (#14) in New Eritrea and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Arkadikos: S.Gizogiannis 16+6reb, D.Katiakos 16+2reb+1ast, N.Kokkalis 12+9reb+5ast, G.Prodromou 10+3reb, M.Papadakis 9+2reb+1ast, V.Morfis 7+3reb+3ast
Panelefsiniakos: G.Tirlas 14+2reb+1ast, C.Deligiannis 10+2reb+1ast, V.Koukouravas 9+1reb+3ast, V.Balafas 7+2reb, N.Kaklamanos 6+3ast, M.Theos 4+4reb
gschID: 98840


AGOR - Olimpiada 108-65

Very predictable result when third ranked AGOR (13-5) rolled over 12th ranked Olimpiada (6-11) in Rethymno 108-65 on Saturday. The game without a history. AGOR led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 60.9 percent from the field. AGOR outrebounded Olimpiada 38-16 including a 29-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 18 long-distance shots on high 52.9 percentage. AGOR looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Olimpiada's players. Forward Giorgos Theodorakos (197-88, agency: Sfera Sports Association) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Guard Apollona Tsochlas (187-83) contributed with 12 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four AGOR players scored in double figures. AGOR's coach Stergios Koufos felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Center Apostolos Koutroulias (206-76) answered with 8 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Sakis Veskoukis (195-80) added 14 points in the effort for Olimpiada. AGOR moved-up to second place. Olimpiada lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 11 games lost. AGOR will face Lavrio (#4) on the road in the next round. Olimpiada will play against Arkadikos (#5) in Arkadia.
Top scorers:
AGOR: G.Koumoulos 16+2reb, G.Theodorakos 14+8reb+2ast, A.Tsochlas 12+3reb+6ast, G.Kiriakopoulos 12+4reb+3ast, S.Magounis 11+1reb+1ast, V.Sakellariou 10+4reb+4ast
Olimpiada: S.Veskoukis 14+2reb+1ast, D.Makris 13+1reb+2ast, P.Simeopoulos 10+2reb+3ast, K.Tsotsos 8+2reb, A.Koutroulias 8+6reb+4ast, K.Aktipis 6+1reb
gschID: 98841




Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Andronikos GIZOGIANNIS
  AEK/Argous
  (200-F/C-83)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.17.8 
 2. Kakiouzis, Lavrio17.6 
 3. Kaklamanos, Panele.16.6 
 4. Vardavas, Amynta.16.2 
 5. Argyropoylos, Apollo.16.1 
 6. Totsios, Ikaroi S.16.1 
 7. Koutroulias, Olimp.16.0 
 8. Giannakopoul., Lavrio15.8 
 9. Koupidis, Near East15.8 
 10. Michalos, Pagrati15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Apostolos KOUTROULIAS
  Olimpiada
  (206-C-76)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Koutroulias, Olimp.8.6 
 2. Pantelic, Apollo.8.3 
 3. Kartelo, AE.8.1 
 4. Amato, Near East8.1 
 5. Macheras, Pagrati8.1 
 6. Latovic, AGOR7.6 
 7. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.7.6 
 8. Kosanovic, Koroivos7.2 
 9. Lolas, Pagrati7.0 
 10. Jovanovic, KAOD6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Panelefsiniakos
  (185-G-79)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Nikou, Panelefs.5.1 
 2. Katsares, KAOD4.9 
 3. Kaberidis, Ikaroi S.4.9 
 4. Zoupas, Amyntas .4.6 
 5. Rallis, Ermis Lagkada4.1 
 6. Argyropoylos, Apollo.3.9 
 7. Giannakopoul., Lavrio3.8 
 8. Kiriakopoulo., AGOR3.8 
 9. Karvounis, Lavrio3.5 
 10. Apostolopoul., Koroi.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Nikos KATSARES
  KAOD
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Katsares, KAOD2.0 
 2. Michalos, Pagrati1.9 
 3. Giannakopoul., Lavrio1.8 
 4. Makris, Olimpiada1.7 
 5. Pettas, Koroivos1.7 
 6. Zoupas, Amyntas .1.4 
 7. Vukantinov, KAOD1.4 
 8. Koumoulos, AGOR1.4 
 9. Papadakis, Arkad.1.4 
 10. Sourlis, KAOD1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivan KARTELO
  AEK/Argous
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Kartelo, AE.2.1 
 2. Pantelic, Apollo.1.8 
 3. Jovanovic, KAOD1.6 
 4. Kasabalis, AE.1.1 
 5. Mprozos, Arkadikos0.9 
 6. Margaritis, KAOD0.9 
 7. Psathas, Apollon .0.9 
 8. Papachristos, Periko.0.7 
 9. Karavanas, Panery.0.7 
 10. Kakaroudis, Ikaroi S.0.7 


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


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Standings - Eredivisie
DBL Standings
 1. GasTerra 26-5 
 2. ZZ Leiden 25-6 
 3. Eiffel Towers 22-9 
 4. Magixx 19-11 
 5. Giants 14-16 
 6. BS Weert 14-17 
 7. DeFriesland 14-17 
 8. ABC 11-20 
 9. Landstede 8-23 
 10. Rotterdam 1-30 


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Glenn STOKES
  BS Weert
  (170-G-76)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Stokes, BS Weert17.9 
 2. Blue, Giants16.0 
 3. Kimbrough, Giants15.5 
 4. Boxley, ZZ Leiden15.4 
 5. Mills, Eiffel Towers15.3 
 6. Laing, Magixx14.9 
 7. Borha, Landstede14.8 
 8. McGhee, ZZ Leiden14.6 
 9. Hilliman, Rotterdam14.5 
 10. Tiedeman, Giants14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robbie SIHOTA
  Rotterdam
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Sihota, Rotterdam10.2 
 2. McDermott, Magixx9.6 
 3. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.6 
 4. Haryasz, GasTerra9.3 
 5. Sanchez, DeFriesl.8.7 
 6. Griffin, Giants8.6 
 7. de Randamie, ABC8.1 
 8. Ellis, GasTerra8.0 
 9. Hamm, BS Weert7.9 
 10. McGhee, ZZ Leiden7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.5.1 
 2. Bauscher, GasTerra5.0 
 3. Stokes, BS Weert4.1 
 4. Kimbrough, Giants3.9 
 5. Bostain, GasTerra3.6 
 6. Marshall, Lands.3.6 
 7. Jansen, Eiffel T.3.4 
 8. Williams, DeFriesland3.4 
 9. Slagter, ZZ Leiden3.3 
 10. Mladenovic, Rotte.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.2.4 
 2. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.3 
 3. McDermott, Magixx2.2 
 4. Taylor, Magixx2.2 
 5. Stokes, BS Weert2.2 
 6. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.2 
 7. Marshall, Lands.2.1 
 8. McGhee, ZZ Leiden2.1 
 9. Kimbrough, Giants2.0 
 10. Bostain, GasTerra2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel AARTS
  Eiffel Towers
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Aarts, Eiffel T.1.4 
 2. Hairston, BS Weert1.3 
 3. Blue, Giants1.2 
 4. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.0 
 5. McDermott, Magixx0.9 
 6. Hulzebos, Landstede0.9 
 7. Bekkering, ZZ Le.0.9 
 8. Hamm, BS Weert0.8 
 9. Mullery, Landstede0.8 
 10. Smith, Eiffel Towers0.8 


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  HUNGARY   


Is Brendan Winters moving to Greece? - by Tamas Deri
Rumors from Greece say that the management of Aris Saloniki published an agreement with american Brendan Winters (195-G/F-83, college: Davidson) for the rest of the season who might replace injured P.J. Tucker! Winters, a product of Davidson University played three seasons in Germany before moving to Hungary. Last summer he signed with ASE, but the management was forced to sign one more guard to replace him during his injury and agreed with Jibril Hodges, who finally got a contrat for the rest of season. Winters came back on the court already in December but was not able to play every game as the rules allow 4 imports on the teams roster, but only three in a game. He helped his team in 10 games so far with 14.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 26.6 minutes on the court.

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Icelandic Express L. round 20 best performance: Kelly Biedler - by Eurobasket News
American forward Kelly Biedler (196-F-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for IR Reykjavik, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 22-year old player had a double-double of 31 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat Hamar (#11, 6-13) 103-91. IR maintains the 6th position in Icelandic Express L.. IR is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-11 record. In the team's last game Biedler had a remarkable 76.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be IR's top player in his first season with the team. Former Mt.St.Mary's College, MD star has very solid stats this year. Biedler is in league's top in points (7th best: 21.6ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 12.5rpg) and averages impressive 1.8bpg,2.7spg and 53.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Giordan Watson (178-G-85) of Njardvik. Watson had a very good evening with 33 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Of course Njardvik cruised to a 80-72 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Haukar (#8, 8-12). Njardvik's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-11 record. Watson is one of the most experienced players at Njardvik and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Thomas Sanders (191-G-85, agency: Duran International) of Keflavik (#4). Sanders showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Keflavik, leading his team to a 123-87 easy win against the lower-ranked KFI (#12, 3-16). Keflavik needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 6 lost games. Sanders has a great season in Iceland. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.6ppg (best scorer). He also has 1.2bpg and FGP: 63.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ryan Pettinella (206-F/C-84) of Grindavik - 26 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Marcus Walker (186-G-86) of KR - 31 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Renato Lindmets (198-F-84) of Stjarnan - 29 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Olafur Olafsson (190-G-90) of Grindavik - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Justin Shouse (180-G-81) of Stjarnan - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 13 assists
9. Nemanja Sovic (198-F-77) of IR - 30 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Sean Cunningham (188-G-86) of Tindastoll - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists

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


Division 1. - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Thor Thorllakshofn is D-1 Champions 2011 and will play in Iceland Express league next season.
Team only lost one game in the league.
The next four team will fight for the other spot in the top league next season.
These teams made it to top five.
Thor Akureyri. Skallagrimur. Valur & Breidablik.
Play-offs starts next Friday when Breidablik visit Thor Akureyri and Valur visit Skallagrim.
The winners from these games (need to win 2) will then play for the spot.


Baeringson & Sigurdarson Regular season Champions - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Hlynur Baeringson & Jakob Sigurdarson (192-G-82, college: Birmingham Souther) and their Swedish team Sundsvall Dragons are regular season Champions. Leading by 8 points when 3 rounds are left in the season so other teams can not catch up on them.
Team played three games last week and won two of them and the most important win came on Wednesday when the beat last year Champions Norrkoping Dolphins 105-98
where Jakob Sigurdarson (192-G-82, college: Birmingham Souther) was the leading scorer with 28 points 3 boards & 2 assist with good shooting % 5/6 from 2-p and 5/10 from 3 -p
Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F/C-82) also had a really good game with triple -double 14 points 10 boards & 11 assist shooting 5/9 from the field.
On Friday team sealed the league win by beating 08 Stockholm 89-97. Jakob Sigurdarson (192-G-82, college: Birmingham Souther) again leading scorer with 24 points 1 board & 4 assist 4/5 from three point range.
Baeringson 14 points, 5 rebs & 3 assist.
Logi Gunnarsson (190-G-81) and his Solna Vikings team won an important game against Sodertalje Kings 62-68 Gunnarsson 24 points 2 rebs ans 1 assist 5/8 from threes


Snaefell regular season Champions. - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Ungmennafelagid Snaefell is the regular season Champion 2011.
After team beat Hamar tonight and KR lost to IR it was clear that KR could not reach the top seat.
With the loss tonight Hamar drop down to division 1 with KFI even KFI won Njardvik tonight.
KR is playing without their team captain Fannar Olafson who broke a finger and will be out for at least 4 weeks.
Team has lost both games without him and opposite teams have score more than 100 points in both these game, Grindavik 105 & IR 124


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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Clayton LONGMIRE
  Belfast Star
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 28.3
 1. Longmire, Belfast .28.3 
 2. Bonaparte, Neptune26.8 
 3. Van, UCC Demons23.8 
 4. Foley, Ulster Elks23.5 
 5. Mitchell, UL Ea.22.9 
 6. Turner, Killester22.5 
 7. De La Cruz, Ulster E.22.1 
 8. Crowder, UCD M.21.8 
 9. Ambler, Moycullen20.5 
 10. Crean, DCU Saints16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  UCC Demons
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Van, UCC Demons14.6 
 2. Mitchell, UL Ea.14.3 
 3. Ambler, Moycullen13.1 
 4. De La Cruz, Ulster E.12.4 
 5. Crean, DCU Saints11.3 
 6. Provizors, DCU S.10.6 
 7. Turner, Killester10.2 
 8. Bonaparte, Neptune10.2 
 9. Crowder, UCD M.10.1 
 10. Longmire, Belfast .9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UL Eagles
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Kinevane, UL Eagles7.7 
 2. Donnelly, DCU S.5.8 
 3. Meany, UCD Marian4.9 
 4. Drumm, Ulster Elks4.7 
 5. Noonan, Neptune4.3 
 6. Westbrooks, Killester3.8 
 7. Crowder, UCD M.3.3 
 8. Turner, Killester3.2 
 9. Foley, Ulster Elks3.0 
 10. Clarke, Killester3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick CREAN
  DCU Saints
  (193-F-)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Crean, DCU Saints3.4 
 2. McGinn, Neptune3.3 
 3. Noonan, Neptune2.7 
 4. Turner, Killester2.4 
 5. Donnelly, DCU S.2.3 
 6. Crowder, UCD M.2.2 
 7. Dowd, Moycullen2.1 
 8. Drumm, Ulster Elks2.1 
 9. Westbrooks, Killester2.1 
 10. Darling, DCU Saints2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  UCC Demons
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Van, UCC Demons2.4 
 2. Baynes, UCD Marian2.3 
 3. Bonaparte, Neptune2.2 
 4. Trimmer, DCU S.2.0 
 5. Turner, Killester1.9 
 6. Longmire, Belfast .1.8 
 7. De La Cruz, Ulster E.1.8 
 8. Kamara, Neptune1.1 
 9. Ambler, Moycullen0.9 
 10. Crowder, UCD M.0.9 


Standings - EBS Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
North Conference
 1. Killester 15-4 
 2. DCU Saints 12-7 
 3. Belfast Star 8-11 
 4. UCD Marian 8-11 
 5. Ulster Elks 3-16 
South Conference
 1. UL Eagles 14-4 
 2. UCC Demons 11-6 
 3. Neptune 11-7 
 4. Moycullen 1-17 


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Standings - BSL
Premier League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 18-1 
 2. Hapoel J-M 12-7 
 3. Bnei Hasharon 12-7 
 4. Maccabi Rishon 11-8 
 5. Galil Gilboa 11-9 
 6. Hapoel Holon 9-10 
 7. Maccabi Ashdod 9-11 
 8. Elitzur Netanya 6-13 
 9. Maccabi Haifa 4-14 
 10. Ironi Ashkelon 4-15 


Elitzur Netanya add Joe Smith - by Eurobasket News
Elitzur Netanya strengthened their roster prior to the start of the decisive stages in Israeli Premier League. The team signed a deal with Joe Smith (193-G-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Al.-Huntsville). The contract is meant till the end of the season. The 33-year-old guard started the season in Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia. He tallied 15.5 points, 2.5 boards and 2.6 assists per game in LegaDue. Last season Joe Smith played for Angelico Biella. His stats read 15.2 points, 3.8 assists and 1.2 steals per EuroCup game. In SeriaA the guard notched 13.6 points, 4.1 assists, 2.2 boards and 1.2 steals per appearance. Earlier Joe Smith played in USBL, ABA, Italy and Russia. Joe Smith was named FIBA EuroCup All-Star Game MVP back in 2008.


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  ITALY   


Ercolino family leaves Scandone Avellino - by Antonello Varallo
Ercolino family has left the ownership and management of Scandone Avellino after 4 seasons, the best of Avellino history. Under Ercolino's management Avellino played
108 Italian league games, winning 63 games and reaching, as best result, the third place in regular season and the playoff semifinals in 2007/08; the same year Avellino won Coppa Italia. During 2008/09 Scandone played Euroleague for the first time, while last year the city of Avellino hosted Italian Cup finals.
The new president of Scandone Air Avellino is Giuseppe Sampietro. He has the hard mission to keep Avellino at the highest levels of Italian basket.



SerieA Round 21: Armani Milano loses to Lottomatica Roma - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game between second ranked Armani Milano (15-6) and ninth ranked Lottomatica Roma (10-11) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Armani Milano was defeated by Lottomatica Roma in Roma 62-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Armani Milano. The game without a history. Lottomatica Roma led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Lottomatica Roma forced 19 Armani Milano turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Armani Milano helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Charles Smith (193-75, college: N.Mexico) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 6 rebounds. FYR Macedonian-American guard Darius Washington (188-85, college: Memphis) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Lithuanian swingman Jonas Maciulis (198-85) answered with 15 points and 5 rebounds for Armani Milano. Armani Milano's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Lottomatica Roma moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Armani Milano at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. They share it with Bennet Cantu. Lottomatica Roma is looking forward to face Vanoli-Braga (#10) in Cremona in the next round. Armani Milano will play at home against Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Banca Tercas managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the series of three consecutive loses. This time they won against tenth-ranked Benetton Treviso in Teramo 78-72. American guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) stepped up and scored 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Ivan Zoroski chipped in 23 points and 5 assists. Banca Tercas' coach Alessandro Ramagli allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American swingman Devin Smith (196-81, college: Virginia) with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Banca Tercas (6-15) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Enel Brindisi. Benetton Treviso at the other side keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Banca Tercas will play against league's leader Montepaschi Siena on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Benetton Treviso will play against Scavolini Pesaro (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
SerieA top team - Montepaschi Siena (19-2) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat thirteenth ranked Angelico Biella (8-13) 75-67. Ksistof Lavrinovic nailed 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Montepaschi Siena's coach Simone Pianigiani used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Edgar Sosa came up with 11 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for Angelico Biella in the defeat. Defending champion maintains first place with 19-2 record. Angelico Biella lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with 13 games lost. Montepaschi Siena will meet at home Banca Tercas (#15) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Angelico Biella will play against Air Avellino and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Montegranaro. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 12th ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (9-12) to fourth ranked CS Bologna (12-9) 75-72 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The best player for the winners was K.C. Rivers who scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. CS Bologna have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 12-9 record. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 12 games lost. CS Bologna's next round opponent will be Cimberio Varese (#13) at home and are hoping to win another game. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro will play against Armani Milano.
The game between third ranked Bennet Cantu (15-6) and 5th ranked Air Avellino (11-10) in Cantu on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Bennet Cantu outscored guests from Avellino 91-67. It was a good game for Mike Green who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 9 assists. Bennet Cantu moved-up to second place, which they share with Armani MI. Loser Air Avellino keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Bennet Cantu will face Pepsi Caserta (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Air Avellino will play against Angelico Biella.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 21: Scavolini PS was beaten by Dinamo Sassari on the road 80-75. Cimberio VA won against Vanoli CR on its own court 76-71. Enel Brindisi unfortunately lost to Pepsi Caserta in a road game 76-90.



Dinamo Sassari - Scavolini PS 80-75

There was a surprise result when eleventh ranked Dinamo Sassari (10-11) beat at home higher ranked Scavolini Pesaro (10-11) 80-75 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 5 points. Dinamo Sassari made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Scavolini Pesaro was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Liberian-American forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee services) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. American guard James White (198-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) contributed with 24 points for the winners. Dinamo Sassari's coach Romeo Sacchetti used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international guard Daniel Hackett (196-87, college: USC) answered with 18 points and American guard Andre Collins (183-82, college: Loyola (MD)) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Scavolini Pesaro. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Dinamo Sassari moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Scavolini Pesaro. Dinamo Sassari will face bottom-ranked Enel Brindisi (#16) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Dinamo Sassari: J.White 24+2reb+1ast, O.Hunter 22+10reb, T.Diener 12+7reb+5ast, V.Plisnic 10+2reb+1ast, M.Pinton 7+1ast, M.Vanuzzo 5+3reb
Scavolini PS: M.Almond 19+2reb+1ast, D.Hackett 18+3reb+3ast, A.Collins 11+5reb+6ast, N.Aleksandrov 11+4reb+2ast, M.Cusin 9+7reb, T.Lydeka 5+6reb
gschID: 96191


Cimberio VA - Vanoli CR 76-71

There was a minor upset when higher ranked Vanoli-Braga (9-12) lost on the road to fourteenth ranked Cimberio Varese (9-12) 76-71 on Sunday. Vanoli-Braga was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 26-20 charge of Cimberio Varese, which allowed them to win the game. They made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American forward Ronald Slay (203-81, college: Tennessee, agency: David Lee services) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Phil Goss (186-83, college: Drexel) contributed with 20 points for the winners. British-Ukrainian guard Artur Drozdov (199-80) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds and American-Bulgarian guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) added 14 points, 6 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Vanoli-Braga. Five Vanoli-Braga players scored in double figures. Cimberio Varese moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Vanoli-Braga. Cimberio Varese will face higher ranked CS Bologna (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Cimberio VA: P.Goss 20+4reb+1ast, R.Slay 20+9reb+1ast, K.Kangur 12+6reb, T.Rannikko 8+6ast, A.Righetti 8+1reb+1ast, R.Stipcevic 7+3reb+4ast
Vanoli CR: A.Drozdov 20+6reb, J.Perkovic 14+4reb+1ast, E.Rowland 14+3reb+6ast, J.Foster 12+5reb+2ast, M.Milic 11+4reb+3ast, A.Conti 0
gschID: 96192


Pepsi Caserta - Enel Brindisi 90-76

Rather predictable result when twelfth ranked Pepsi Caserta (10-11) won against at home bottom-ranked Enel Brindisi (6-15) 90-76 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Pepsi Caserta. Enel Brindisi was better in fourth quarter 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pepsi Caserta made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game, while Enel Brindisi only scored seven points from the stripe. It was a good game for American forward Jumaine Jones (202-79, college: Georgia) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. The former international guard Martin Colussi (193-81) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Pepsi Caserta players scored in double figures. Pepsi Caserta's coach Stefano Sacripanti used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American power forward Kristoffer Lang (211-79, college: N.Carolina, agency: SportsTalent) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and French forward Yakhouba Diawara (200-82, college: Pepperdine) added 22 points in the effort for Enel Brindisi. Pepsi Caserta moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Enel Brindisi dropped to the bottom position with 15 games lost. Pepsi Caserta will face league's second-placed Bennet Cantu on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Enel Brindisi will play against Dinamo Sassari (#8).
Top scorers:
Pepsi Caserta: T.Bowers 16+3reb+2ast, M.Colussi 14+5reb+3ast, E.Ere 14+3reb, F.Di Bella 12+2reb+4ast, J.Jones 10+11reb+2ast, E.Williams 8+6reb
Enel Brindisi: Y.Diawara 22+3reb, K.Lang 17+11reb, H.Toure 13+3reb, B.Dixon 7+2ast, A.Giovacchini 6+2reb+1ast, G.Maresca 4+1reb
gschID: 96193


Fabi Shoes - CS Bologna 72-75

A very interesting game took place in Montegranaro. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 12th ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (9-12) to fourth ranked CS Bologna (12-9) 75-72 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was American swingman K.C. Rivers (196-87, college: Clemson, agency: Lanshire Group) who scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Georgian forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Bulgarian power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86) who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Allan Ray (188-84, college: Villanova) added 11 points respectively. Four Fabi Shoes Montegranaro players scored in double figures. CS Bologna have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 12-9 record. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 12 games lost. CS Bologna's next round opponent will be Cimberio Varese (#13) at home and are hoping to win another game. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro will play against Armani Milano.
Top scorers:
CS Bologna: K.Rivers 15+6reb+2ast, V.Sanikidze 13+7reb, P.Koponen 11+3reb+1ast, D.Gailius 10+2reb, K.Winston 9+2reb+1ast, J.Homan 7+6reb+1ast
Fabi Shoes: D.Ivanov 17+11reb, A.Ray 11+4reb+2ast, R.Toolson 11+1reb, D.Cavaliero 11+1reb, A.Cinciarini 10+3reb+4ast, S.Ford 8+5reb
gschID: 96188


Banca Tercas - Benetton TV 78-72

Bottom-ranked Banca Tercas managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the series of three consecutive loses. This time they won against tenth-ranked Benetton Treviso in Teramo 78-72. Benetton Treviso was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 44-34 second half run of Banca Tercas. American guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) stepped up and scored 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Serbian guard Ivan Zoroski (195-79) chipped in 23 points and 5 assists. Banca Tercas' coach Alessandro Ramagli allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American swingman Devin Smith (196-81, college: Virginia) with 16 points and 5 rebounds and Lithuanian center Donatas Motiejunas (213-90, agency: Interperformances) scored 13 points. Five Benetton Treviso players scored in double figures. Banca Tercas (6-15) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Enel Brindisi. Benetton Treviso at the other side keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Banca Tercas will play against league's leader Montepaschi Siena on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Benetton Treviso will play against Scavolini Pesaro (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Banca Tercas: D.Diener 25+8reb+3ast, I.Zoroski 23+1reb+5ast, J.Davis 10+11reb+3ast, K.Fletcher 9+6reb, R.De La Fuente 5+4ast, R.Fultz 3+1ast
Benetton TV: D.Smith 16+5reb+1ast, D.Motiejunas 13+4reb+2ast, A.Gentile 11+2reb+1ast, B.Skinner 10+6reb, M.Bulleri 10+1ast, G.Brunner 6+4reb
gschID: 96189


Bennet Cantu - Air AV 91-67

The game between third ranked Bennet Cantu (15-6) and 5th ranked Air Avellino (11-10) in Cantu on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Bennet Cantu outscored guests from Avellino 91-67. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-67. Bennet Cantu made 19-of-20 free shots (95.0 percent) during the game. Bennet Cantu had a 29-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Air Avellino was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 9 assists. His fellow American import forward Maarten Leunen (206-85, college: Oregon) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Bennet Cantu players scored in double figures. American forward Omar Thomas (197-82, college: UTEP) answered with 23 points and 9 rebounds and American-FYR Macedonian guard Marques Green (170-82, college: St.Bonaventure) added 15 points, 6 assists and 5 steals in the effort for Air Avellino. Bennet Cantu moved-up to second place, which they share with Armani MI. Loser Air Avellino keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Bennet Cantu will face Pepsi Caserta (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Air Avellino will play against Angelico Biella.
Top scorers:
Bennet Cantu: M.Green 16+3reb+9ast, M.Leunen 16+8reb+3ast, J.Tabu 14+4reb, M.Markoishvili 12+2reb+2ast, D.Marconato 10+7reb+2ast, N.Mazzarino 10+2reb+1ast
Air AV: O.Thomas 23+9reb+1ast, M.Green 15+4reb+6ast, D.Lauwers 14+6reb, L.Johnson 9+3reb, R.Casoli 2+1reb, A.Infanti 2+2reb
gschID: 96190


Angelico BI - Montepaschi 67-75

SerieA top team - Montepaschi Siena (19-2) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat thirteenth ranked Angelico Biella (8-13) 75-67. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Angelico Biella won third quarter 24-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lithuanian center Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-79) nailed 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and American power forward Shaun Stonerook (203-77, college: Ohio) accounted for 10 points and 9 rebounds. Montepaschi Siena's coach Simone Pianigiani used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dominican guard Edgar Sosa (188-88, college: Louisville) came up with 11 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and Croatian-Bosnian center Goran Suton (209-85, college: Michigan St.) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Angelico Biella in the defeat. Defending champion maintains first place with 19-2 record. Angelico Biella lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with 13 games lost. Montepaschi Siena will meet at home Banca Tercas (#15) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Angelico Biella will play against Air Avellino and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Montepaschi: K.Lavrinovic 17+5reb, N.Zisis 10+1reb+6ast, S.Stonerook 10+9reb+1ast, P.Aradori 9+4reb+2ast, T.Ress 9+2reb, M.Hairston 9+5reb
Angelico BI: A.Slaughter 12+1reb, J.Viggiano 12+4reb, E.Sosa 11+5reb+5ast, G.Suton 9+7reb, M.Salyers 8+4reb+2ast, M.Chessa 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 96186


Lottomatica - Armani MI 80-62

The game between second ranked Armani Milano (15-6) and ninth ranked Lottomatica Roma (10-11) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Armani Milano was defeated by Lottomatica Roma in Roma 62-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Armani Milano. The game without a history. Lottomatica Roma led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Lottomatica Roma forced 19 Armani Milano turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Armani Milano helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Charles Smith (193-75, college: N.Mexico) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 6 rebounds. FYR Macedonian-American guard Darius Washington (188-85, college: Memphis) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Five Lottomatica Roma players scored in double figures. Lithuanian swingman Jonas Maciulis (198-85) answered with 15 points and 5 rebounds and American guard David Hawkins (194-82, college: Temple) added 12 points in the effort for Armani Milano. Armani Milano's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Lottomatica Roma moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Armani Milano at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. They share it with Bennet Cantu. Lottomatica Roma is looking forward to face Vanoli-Braga (#10) in Cremona in the next round. Armani Milano will play at home against Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Lottomatica: C.Smith 18+6reb+2ast, D.Washington 17+4reb+3ast, N.Gordic 13+1reb+5ast, L.Datome 12+4reb+2ast, V.Dasic 10+7reb, A.Traore 7+6reb+2ast
Armani MI: J.Maciulis 15+5reb+3ast, D.Hawkins 12+3reb, S.Mancinelli 10+2reb+2ast, I.Jaaber 8+2reb+3ast, L.Greer 5+1reb, M.Mordente 3
gschID: 96187




Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
 1. Montepaschi 19-2 
 2. Bennet Cantu 15-6 
 3. Armani MI 15-6 
 4. CS Bologna 12-9 
 5. Air AV 11-10 
 6. Lottomatica 10-11 
 7. Pepsi Caserta 10-11 
 8. Dinamo Sassari 10-11 
 9. Scavolini PS 10-11 
 10. Vanoli CR 9-12 
 11. Fabi Shoes 9-12 
 12. Benetton TV 9-12 
 13. Cimberio VA 9-12 
 14. Angelico BI 8-13 
 15. Banca Tercas 6-15 
 16. Enel Brindisi 6-15 


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 James WHITE
  Dinamo Sassari
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. White, Dinamo Sassari20.9 
 2. Thomas, Air AV17.1 
 3. Ford, Fabi Shoes16.3 
 4. Roberson, Enel B.16.1 
 5. Zoroski, Banca T.16.1 
 6. Dean, Air AV15.7 
 7. Rowland, Vanoli CR15.2 
 8. Diawara, Enel B.15.0 
 9. Hunter, Dinamo S.15.0 
 10. Kaukenas, Montepas.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes10.8 
 2. Jones, Pepsi C.8.6 
 3. Davis, Banca Tercas8.5 
 4. Troutman, Air AV8.3 
 5. Homan, CS Bologna8.3 
 6. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.1 
 7. Lang, Enel Brindisi7.9 
 8. Hunter, Dinamo S.7.2 
 9. Suton, Angelico BI7.2 
 10. Szewczyk, Air AV6.9 
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. Collins, Scavolin.4.2 
 5. Zoroski, Banca T.4.0 
 6. Rowland, Vanoli CR4.0 
 7. Goss, Cimberio VA4.0 
 8. Green, Bennet Cantu3.8 
 9. Markovic, Benetton.3.5 
 10. Dixon, Enel Brindisi3.1 
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. Troutman, Air AV2.7 
 5. White, Dinamo Sassari2.7 
 6. Dedovic, Lottomat.2.5 
 7. Stonerook, Montepas.2.5 
 8. Di Bella, Pepsi C.2.5 
 9. McCalebb, Montepas.2.5 
 10. Sosa, Angelico BI2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes2.4 
 2. Crosariol, Lottomat.1.4 
 3. Toure, Enel Brindisi1.3 
 4. Hunter, Dinamo S.1.3 
 5. Lang, Enel Brindisi1.1 
 6. Polonara, Banca T.0.9 
 7. Szewczyk, Air AV0.9 
 8. Smith, Benetton TV0.9 
 9. Homan, CS Bologna0.9 
 10. Drozdov, Vanoli CR0.9 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Trent WHITING
  Aget Imola
  (185-G-76)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. Whiting, Aget Imola23.9 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona22.0 
 3. Jackson, Prima Veroli20.7 
 4. Gordon, Forli19.5 
 5. Ebi, Aget Imola19.2 
 6. Clark, Umana Reyer18.9 
 7. Forte, Tuscany PT18.2 
 8. Marigney, Assigeco18.1 
 9. Slay, Umana Reyer17.2 
 10. Hickman, Fastw.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Aget Imola
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Ebi, Aget Imola9.2 
 2. Varnado, Tuscany PT8.8 
 3. Dickens, San Severo8.7 
 4. Filloy, Immobili.8.6 
 5. Boykin, Assigeco8.5 
 6. Lollis, Immobili.8.1 
 7. Gordon, Forli7.8 
 8. Johnson, San Severo7.8 
 9. Waleskowski, Tezeni.7.8 
 10. Dordei, Snaidero UD7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Leemire GOLDWIRE
  Forli
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Goldwire, Forli5.5 
 2. Crispin, Barcellona5.2 
 3. Porta, Tezenis .4.7 
 4. Farabello, N.Fer.3.7 
 5. Clark, Umana Reyer3.7 
 6. Hickman, Fastw.3.6 
 7. Marigney, Assigeco3.6 
 8. Whiting, Aget Imola3.6 
 9. Mathis, Snaidero.3.5 
 10. Levin, Sunrise .3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Terrence RODERICK
  Immobiliare SR
  (195-G/F-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Roderick, Immobi.3.1 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola2.9 
 3. Hunter, Sunrise .2.8 
 4. Achara, Barcellona2.6 
 5. Williams, Snaidero.2.5 
 6. Cerella, Assigeco2.5 
 7. Filloy, Immobili.2.4 
 8. Davis, Sunrise .2.4 
 9. Scarone, Immobili.2.4 
 10. Farabello, N.Fer.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Varnado, Tuscany PT2.8 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola1.4 
 3. Achara, Barcellona1.1 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.1 
 5. Frosini, Trenkwalder0.8 
 6. Boykin, Assigeco0.8 
 7. Bryan, Umana Reyer0.7 
 8. Cervi, Trenkwalder0.7 
 9. Cutolo, San Severo0.7 
 10. Trepagnier, Tezeni.0.7 


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


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  JAPAN   


Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Aishin 26-10 
 2. Panasonic 26-10 
 3. Toyota 23-13 
 4. Toshiba 17-19 
 5. Hitachi S. 16-20 
 6. Tochigi Brex 15-21 
 7. Mitsubishi 11-25 
 8. Hokkaido 10-26 


Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 32-4 
 2. Sendai 89ers 23-12 
 3. Niigata Albirex 19-16 
 4. Tokyo Apache 18-13 
 5. Saitama Bron. 14-23 
 6. Toyama Grouses 11-24 
 7. Akita 11-26 
Western
 1. Osaka Evessa 23-14 
 2. Okinawa GK 23-14 
 3. Shiga Lakestars 21-16 
 4. Fukuoka Rizing 21-16 
 5. Kyoto Hannaryz 19-18 
 6. Shimane 17-20 
 7. Oita H.Devils 16-21 
 8. Miyazaki 12-25 
 9. Takamatsu FA 9-28 


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi Brex
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi .19.5 
 2. Orimo, Hokkaido17.5 
 3. Takeuchi, Aishin16.8 
 4. Lewis, Hokkaido16.8 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin16.2 
 6. Forehan-K., Aishin15.2 
 7. O''Bannon, Toshiba15.1 
 8. Hale, Mitsubishi14.8 
 9. Kinoshita, Panasonic14.3 
 10. Smith, Hitachi S.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joji TAKEUCHI
  Hitachi S.
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.12.2 
 2. Takeuchi, Aishin11.4 
 3. Lewis, Hokkaido8.9 
 4. Gibbs, Toyota8.9 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin7.9 
 6. O''Bannon, Toshiba7.8 
 7. Custis, Panasonic7.4 
 8. Hale, Mitsubishi7.3 
 9. Ricci, Toyota7.2 
 10. Merritt, Tochigi Brex7.0 
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 .3.4 
 7. Miyanga, Toshiba3.1 
 8. Sakurai, Hokkaido2.9 
 9. Yamada, Hokkaido2.8 
 10. Kawamura, Tochigi .2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Shinsuke KASHIWAGI
  Aishin
  (183-G-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.2 
 2. Lewis, Hokkaido1.6 
 3. Hirose, Panasonic1.4 
 4. Forehan-K., Aishin1.3 
 5. Sakurai, Hokkaido1.3 
 6. Kawamura, Tochigi .1.1 
 7. Custis, Panasonic1.1 
 8. Tabuse, Tochigi .1.1 
 9. Kinoshita, Panasonic1.1 
 10. Kashiwakura, Hokka.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kosuke TAKEUCHI
  Aishin
  (205-C/F-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Takeuchi, Aishin1.7 
 2. Ricci, Toyota1.4 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.1.2 
 4. Aono, Panasonic0.9 
 5. Lett, Mitsubishi0.9 
 6. Merritt, Tochigi Brex0.7 
 7. Yamada, Hokkaido0.7 
 8. Lewis, Hokkaido0.7 
 9. Forehan-K., Aishin0.6 
 10. Hale, Mitsubishi0.6 


Japanese JBL round 35 best performance: Joji Takeuchi - by Eurobasket News
Former international center Joji Takeuchi (206-C-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Hitachi Sunrockers, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 35.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 19 points and 18 rebounds, while his team crushed Hokkaido (#8, 9-26) with 23-point margin 88-65. Hitachi Sunrockers maintains the 5th position in Japanese JBL. Hitachi Sunrockers 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 16-19 record. Takeuchi has many years of experience at Hitachi Sunrockers, through which he has constantly improved. Joji Takeuchi has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 13.3ppg) and averages impressive 1.2bpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old former international Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) of league's leader Aishin Sea Horses. Takeuchi had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Aishin was edged in overtime by the lower-ranked Toshiba (#4, 17-18) 95-93. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Aishin still maintains its place as the top team in the standings, even despite this loss. His team has currently 25-10 record. Takeuchi is one of the most experienced players at Aishin and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.6ppg (#4). He also registered 11.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Jai Lewis (201-F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) of Rera Kamuy Hokkaido (#8). Lewis scored 20 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Lewis' great performance Hokkaido lost 65-88 to the higher-ranked Hitachi S. (#5, 16-19). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Hokkaido can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 9-26 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Lewis he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Lewis has individually a great season in Japan. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.6ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 9.1rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Yuta Miyanga (183-G-81) of Toshiba - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Charles O'Bannon (198-F-75) of Toshiba - 21 points and 10 rebounds
6. Ontario Lett (198-F-79) of Mitsubishi - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Philip Ricci (202-F-80) of Toyota - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Zyun Abe (177-G-86) of Mitsubishi - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Kenta Hirose (193-G-85) of Panasonic - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Alfred Aboya (206-F/C-85) of Hitachi S. - 19 points and 4 rebounds

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


BJ League Round 38: Tokyo Apache is defeated by Shiga Lakestars - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Shiga between third ranked Tokyo Apache (18-13) and fourth ranked Shiga Lakestars (21-16) on Saturday night. Tokyo Apache was defeated by Shiga Lakestars in a tough game on the road 81-87. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Tokyo Apache won third quarter 24-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shiga Lakestars made 16-of-17 free shots (94.1 percent) during the game. Shiga Lakestars outrebounded Tokyo Apache 48-29 including 33 on the defensive glass. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Lamar Rice (203-82, college: Georgetown, KY) scored 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami (FL)) chipped in 9 points and 16 rebounds during the contest. Shiga Lakestars' coach Haruyuki Ishibashi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Jeremy Tyler (209-91, college: High School) responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Shiga Lakestars moved-up to third place, which they share with Fukuoka Rizing. Tokyo Apache at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 13 games lost. Shiga Lakestars is again looking forward to face Tokyo Apache (#4) at home in the next round. Tokyo Apache will have a break next round.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Okinawa. Second ranked host Okinawa GK (23-14) defeated 3rd ranked Fukuoka Rizing (21-16) 106-95. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Fukuoka Rizing. American center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) notched a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds to lead the effort and Carlos Dixon supported him with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Even a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) by Brazilian center Thiago Cordeiro (208-85, college: Arkansas Tech) did not help to save the game for Fukuoka Rizing. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Okinawa GK keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Osaka Evessa. Fukuoka Rizing at the other side keeps the third place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Shiga Lakestars. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
BJ League top team - Osaka Evessa (23-14) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat sixth ranked Shimane Magic (17-20) 75-65. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Shimane Magic. The best player for the winners was Lawrence Blackledge who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. Reggie Golson produced 22 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Osaka Evessa maintains first position with 23-14 record, which they share with Okinawa GK. Loser Shimane Magic keeps the sixth place with 20 games lost. Osaka Evessa will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shimane Magic will play again against the league's leader Osaka Evessa (#1) and hope to secure a win.
BJ League top team - Hamamatsu Phoenix (32-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat seventh ranked Akita Happinets (11-26) 98-81. Wayne Arnold orchestrated the victory by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Hamamatsu Phoenix have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 32-4 record. Akita Happinets at the other side keep the seventh place with 26 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will have a break next round. Akita Happinets will play again at home against the league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix (#1) in Mikawa.
The game in Miyazaki was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (19-18) played at the court of 8th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (12-25). Kyoto Hannaryz managed to secure a 6-point victory 96-90 on Saturday. Wendell White scored 18 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Kyoto Hannaryz maintains fifth position with 19-18 record. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 25 games lost. Kyoto Hannaryz will have a break next round. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play again at home against Kyoto Hannaryz (#5).

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 38: Oita H.Devils destroyed Takamatsu FA on the opponent's court 78-57. Toyama Grouses was outscored by Niigata Albirex in a home game 61-86. Sendai 89ers managed to beat Saitama Bron. on the road 74-63.



Miyazaki - Kyoto Hannaryz 90-96

The game in Miyazaki was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (19-18) played at the court of 8th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (12-25). Kyoto Hannaryz managed to secure a 6-point victory 96-90 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Miyazaki Shining Suns won third quarter 25-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Miyazaki Shining Suns 39-25 including a 33-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Kyoto Hannaryz looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Miyazaki Shining Suns were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) chipped in 9 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. American swingman Jackie Manuel (196-83, college: N.Carolina) responded with 27 points and 5 rebounds and guard Taishiro Shimizu (183-81) scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Four Miyazaki Shining Suns players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Kyoto Hannaryz maintains fifth position with 19-18 record. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 25 games lost. Kyoto Hannaryz will have a break next round. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play again at home against Kyoto Hannaryz (#5).
Top scorers:
Miyazaki: J.Manuel 27+5reb+2ast, E.Palmer 14+5reb+3ast, T.Shimizu 14+5reb+9ast, B.Cole 11+7reb+4ast, T.Ito 8+2reb+1ast, M.Takahashi 8+1reb+1ast
Kyoto Hannaryz: W.White 18+6reb+2ast, N.Nakamura 14+1reb+2ast, M.Abdul-Rauf 14+2reb+6ast, T.Kawabe 11+2reb, M.Fey 10+4reb+1ast, R.Warren 9+11reb+3ast
gschID: 106014


Okinawa GK - Fukuoka Rizing 106-95

The game between Top Four teams took place in Okinawa. Second ranked host Okinawa GK (23-14) defeated 3rd ranked Fukuoka Rizing (21-16) 106-95. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Fukuoka Rizing. The game was mostly controlled by Okinawa GK. Fukuoka Rizing was better in fourth quarter 31-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) notched a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import swingman Carlos Dixon (202-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Strategic Sports) supported him with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Even a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) by Brazilian center Thiago Cordeiro (208-85, college: Arkansas Tech) did not help to save the game for Fukuoka Rizing. American swingman Michael Parker (200-81, college: Evergreen St.) added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Okinawa GK keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Osaka Evessa. Fukuoka Rizing at the other side keeps the third place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Shiga Lakestars. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: T.Cordeiro 19+11reb+3ast, J.Nakanishi 16+3reb+1ast, M.Parker 16+10reb+2ast, N.Murry 13+6reb+1ast, A.Kuso 11+8reb+2ast, A.Takeno 10+4ast
Okinawa GK: J.Newton 24+15reb+2ast, C.Dixon 22+8reb, S.Kinjo 16+2ast, A.McHenry 16+8reb+5ast, T.Yonamine 10+3reb+9ast, Y.Takushi 9+1reb+1ast
gschID: 123324


Shiga Lakestars - Tokyo Apache 87-81

The most important game in the last round took place in Shiga between third ranked Tokyo Apache (18-13) and fourth ranked Shiga Lakestars (21-16) on Saturday night. Tokyo Apache was defeated by Shiga Lakestars in a tough game on the road 81-87. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Tokyo Apache won third quarter 24-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shiga Lakestars made 16-of-17 free shots (94.1 percent) during the game. Shiga Lakestars outrebounded Tokyo Apache 48-29 including 33 on the defensive glass. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Lamar Rice (203-82, college: Georgetown, KY) scored 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami (FL)) chipped in 9 points and 16 rebounds during the contest. Shiga Lakestars' coach Haruyuki Ishibashi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Jeremy Tyler (209-91, college: High School) responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Robert Swift (213-85, college: High School) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Four Shiga Lakestars and five Tokyo Apache players scored in double figures. Shiga Lakestars moved-up to third place, which they share with Fukuoka Rizing. Tokyo Apache at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 13 games lost. Shiga Lakestars is again looking forward to face Tokyo Apache (#4) at home in the next round. Tokyo Apache will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Apache: J.Tyler 18+5reb+2ast, R.Swift 17+5reb+1ast, M.Chappell 13+2reb+2ast, T.Kensuke 10+3reb+4ast, J.Nakama 10+3reb+3ast, C.Aoki 6+4reb+5ast
Shiga Lakestars: L.Rice 22+6reb+4ast, J.Peppers 16+3reb+1ast, M.Joho 13+2reb+2ast, M.Marshall 11+4reb+3ast, G.Hamilton 9+16reb+3ast, R.Schafer 6+10reb
gschID: 106011


Takamatsu FA - Oita H.Devils 57-78

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (9-28) was crushed at home by seventh ranked Oita Heat Devils (16-21) 78-57 on Saturday. The game without a history. Oita Heat Devils led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Oita Heat Devils outrebounded Takamatsu FA 46-35 including a 40-28 advantage in defensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Forward Taj Finger (203-86) had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa, agency: Edge Sports) chipped in 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Five Oita Heat Devils players scored in double figures. Oita Heat Devils' coach L.J. Hepp felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Forward Jefferey Price (203-85, college: Miss.Valley St.) responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds and center Terrance Farley (208-85, college: Louisville) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Oita Heat Devils maintains seventh position with 16-21 record. Takamatsu FA lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 28 games lost. Oita Heat Devils will have a break next round. Takamatsu FA will play again at home against Oita Heat Devils (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: J.Price 17+8reb+2ast, T.Farley 11+7reb, H.Kikuchi 10+5reb+1ast, M.Suzuki 6+7reb+1ast, S.Takada 5+2reb+1ast, S.Takeda 4+2reb
Oita H.Devils: K.Sato 17+4reb+1ast, D.Johnson 17+4reb+1ast, T.Finger 14+14reb+1ast, M.Lottich 11+3reb+3ast, C.Tate 10+11reb+4ast, H.Sato 7+2reb
gschID: 106012


Shimane - Osaka Evessa 65-75

BJ League top team - Osaka Evessa (23-14) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat sixth ranked Shimane Magic (17-20) 75-65. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Shimane Magic. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-65. The best player for the winners was American forward Lawrence Blackledge (203-86, college: Marquette) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. The other American import forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. Blackledge is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) produced 22 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Takumi Ishizaki (188-84) added 13 points respectively for the hosts. Osaka Evessa maintains first position with 23-14 record, which they share with Okinawa GK. Loser Shimane Magic keeps the sixth place with 20 games lost. Osaka Evessa will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shimane Magic will play again against the league's leader Osaka Evessa (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Shimane: R.Golson 22+8reb+3ast, T.Ishizaki 13+3reb+2ast, J.Davis 8+6reb, T.Evans 7+8reb+1ast, F.Fisher 6+1ast, T.Yokoo 3+1reb
Osaka Evessa: W.Knight 22+1reb, L.Washington 16+7reb+1ast, L.Blackledge 15+15reb, K.Tyner 8+1reb+1ast, 7+3reb, H.Katsumata 4+1reb
gschID: 106013


Akita - Hamamatsu P. 81-98

BJ League top team - Hamamatsu Phoenix (32-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat seventh ranked Akita Happinets (11-26) 98-81. The game was mostly controlled by Hamamatsu Phoenix. Akita Happinets was better in fourth quarter 25-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 27 personal fouls committed by Akita Happinets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St., agency: ACMT) orchestrated the victory by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds. American guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh) contributed with 23 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Hamamatsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. American swingman Will Graves (198-88, college: N.Carolina) replied with 30 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Paul Butorac (208-83, college: E.Washington) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Akita Happinets. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Hamamatsu Phoenix have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 32-4 record. Akita Happinets at the other side keep the seventh place with 26 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will have a break next round. Akita Happinets will play again at home against the league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix (#1) in Mikawa.
Top scorers:
Akita: W.Graves 30+9reb+1ast, P.Butorac 12+6reb, S.Henry 11+5reb+2ast, A.Burks 9+1reb, R.Mizumachi 5+7reb+4ast, M.Sawaguchi 5+1reb+2ast
Hamamatsu P.: W.Arnold 34+9reb, J.Dixon 23+3reb+4ast, J.Parmer 12+6reb+3ast, R.Nixon 11+6reb+2ast, M.Ohguchi 7+2reb+4ast, K.Ohta 4
gschID: 106008


Toyama Grouses - Niigata Albirex 61-86

Rather predictable result when fourth ranked Niigata Albirex (19-16) smashed on the road 6th ranked Toyama Grouses (11-24) 86-61 on Saturday. The game without a history. Niigata Albirex led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American power forward Zachary Andrews (203-85, college: Bradley) scored 7 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Shuhei Komatsu (185-85) chipped in 16 points during the contest. Four Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. Niigata Albirex's coach Masaya Hirose felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American swingman Brian Harper (208-85, college: Paine) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 17 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Jerrell Smith (206-85, college: Cal.St.-Dominguez H.) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Niigata Albirex have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Loser Toyama Grouses keep the sixth position with 24 games lost. Niigata Albirex will have a break next round. Toyama Grouses will play again at home against Niigata Albirex (#3).
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: B.Harper 20+17reb+2ast, J.Smith 13+8reb, M.Kato 8+1reb+1ast, T.Mito 6+2reb+1ast, J.Davis 5+2reb+2ast, M.Kyle 4+3reb
Niigata Albirex: S.Komatsu 16+2reb+1ast, I.Konare 14+3reb, W.Veasley 14+3ast, N.Takushi 13+1reb+2ast, Y.Ikeda 8+1reb+3ast, Z.Andrews 7+13reb+2ast
gschID: 106009


Saitama Bron. - Sendai 89ers 63-74

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked Saitama Broncos (14-23) were defeated at home by second ranked Sendai 89ers (23-12) 74-63 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Sendai 89ers. Saitama Broncos was better in fourth quarter 28-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sendai 89ers looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Saitama Broncos were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Guard Mac Hopson (188-87, college: Idaho) scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) chipped in 15 points and 19 rebounds during the contest. Center George Leach (210-81, college: Indiana) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and swingman Bobby Nash (198-84) scored 10 points and 8 rebounds. Four Saitama Broncos players scored in double figures. Sendai 89ers maintains second position with 23-12 record having just two point less than leader Hamamatsu P. Saitama Broncos lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 23 games lost. Sendai 89ers will have a break next round. Saitama Broncos will play again at home against the league's second-placed Sendai 89ers (#2).
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: G.Leach 14+12reb+1ast, G.Klaiber 12+6reb, B.Nash 10+8reb+3ast, Y.Kitamuki 10+4reb+2ast, B.Brown 7+5reb, D.Terashita 6+1reb+1ast
Sendai 89ers: M.Hopson 19+7reb+9ast, M.Bell 17+8reb+2ast, C.Holm 15+19reb, L.Hechon 7+1reb+3ast, T.Woodyard 6+2reb, T.Komoda 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 106010




JBL Round 36: Toyota Alvark is upset by Tochigi Brex - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in JBL is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 6 rounds.

The most important game in the last round took place in Fuchu between third ranked Toyota Alvark (23-13) and sixth ranked Tochigi Brex (15-21) on Sunday night. Toyota Alvark was crushed by Tochigi Brex at home 89-65. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Toyota Alvark. The game was mostly controlled by Tochigi Brex. Toyota Alvark managed to win second period 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tochigi Brex dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Toyota Alvark's 32. The best player for the winners was American center Scott Merritt (208-82, college: Marquette) who scored 26 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized American forward Ken Tanaka (188-81, college: Whittier) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) who recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Defending champion maintains sixth position with 15-21 record. Toyota Alvark at the other side keeps the third place with 13 games lost. Tochigi Brex are looking forward to face league's second-placed Panasonic Trians in Osaka in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Toyota Alvark will play on the road against Mitsubishi Dolphins in Nagoya and is hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kariya. First ranked Aishin Sea Horses faced 4th ranked Toshiba Thunders. Host Aishin Sea Horses (26-10) defeated guests from Kanagawa (17-19) 83-76. It was a good game for the former international power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (205-85) who led his team to a victory with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Shinsuke Kashiwagi contributed with 19 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. The former international swingman Shohei Kikuchi (190-85) replied with 18 points for Toshiba Thunders. Toshiba Thunders' coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Aishin Sea Horses maintains first position with 26-10 record, which they share with Panasonic. Toshiba Thunders at the other side keep the fourth place with 19 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will play against Hitachi Sunrockers (#5) in Osaka in the next round. Toshiba Thunders will play at home against Hokkaido in Saporro and hope to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game was played in Saporro where host Hokkaido (#8) won against 5th ranked Hitachi Sunrockers 76-66 on Sunday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Jai Lewis who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Toshihiro Sato with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Hokkaido maintains eighth position with 10-26 record. Loser Hitachi Sunrockers keep the fifth place with 20 games lost. Hokkaido will meet higher ranked Toshiba Thunders (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hitachi Sunrockers will play against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.

In the last game of round 36 Mitsubishi were defeated by Panasonic in Osaka 72-66.



Toyota - Tochigi Brex 65-89

The most important game in the last round took place in Fuchu between third ranked Toyota Alvark (23-13) and sixth ranked Tochigi Brex (15-21) on Sunday night. Toyota Alvark was crushed by Tochigi Brex at home 89-65. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Toyota Alvark. The game was mostly controlled by Tochigi Brex. Toyota Alvark managed to win second period 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tochigi Brex dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Toyota Alvark's 32. The best player for the winners was American center Scott Merritt (208-82, college: Marquette) who scored 26 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized American forward Ken Tanaka (188-81, college: Whittier) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) who recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) added 10 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Five Tochigi Brex and four Toyota Alvark players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains sixth position with 15-21 record. Toyota Alvark at the other side keeps the third place with 13 games lost. Tochigi Brex are looking forward to face league's second-placed Panasonic Trians in Osaka in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Toyota Alvark will play on the road against Mitsubishi Dolphins in Nagoya and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: S.Merritt 26+9reb+1ast, K.Tanaka 14+7reb, T.Kawamura 12+3reb+6ast, T.Newton 11+7reb, S.Ito 10+4reb, K.Takeda 6+2reb+3ast
Toyota: J.Gibbs 13+11reb, T.Shonaka 11+2reb+3ast, M.Takahashi 10+9reb, P.Ricci 10+9reb+1ast, T.Watanabe 8+2reb, T.Kumagai 7+2ast
gschID: 119838


Aishin - Toshiba 83-76

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kariya. First ranked Aishin Sea Horses faced 4th ranked Toshiba Thunders. Host Aishin Sea Horses (26-10) defeated guests from Kanagawa (17-19) 83-76. The hosts were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 5-point deficit before their 27-15 run, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for the former international power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (205-85) who led his team to a victory with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international guard Shinsuke Kashiwagi (183-81) contributed with 19 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Four Aishin Sea Horses players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Shohei Kikuchi (190-85) replied with 18 points and American power forward Cory Violette (203-82, college: Gonzaga) added 9 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Toshiba Thunders. Toshiba Thunders' coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Aishin Sea Horses maintains first position with 26-10 record, which they share with Panasonic. Toshiba Thunders at the other side keep the fourth place with 19 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will play against Hitachi Sunrockers (#5) in Osaka in the next round. Toshiba Thunders will play at home against Hokkaido in Saporro and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Aishin: K.Takeuchi 24+9reb+4ast, S.Kashiwagi 19+2reb+5ast, S.Asayama 13+1reb+1ast, R.Forehan-Kelly 13+3reb+3ast, T.Amino 8+10reb+1ast, T.Furukawa 6
Toshiba: S.Kikuchi 18+4reb+3ast, C.O'Bannon 10+3reb+1ast, C.Violette 9+6reb+2ast, Y.Uda 9+1reb+2ast, Y.Kagami 8+1reb+3ast, Y.Kuwahara 7+1reb
gschID: 119839


Panasonic - Mitsubishi 72-66

There was no surprise in Osaka where 7th ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (11-25) were defeated by second ranked Panasonic Trians (26-10) 72-66 on Sunday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Mitsubishi Dolphins won third quarter 26-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Panasonic Trians made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Makoto Nagayama (184-77) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and international guard Kenta Hirose (193-85) who added 15 points during the contest. Panasonic Trians' coach Yoshiaki Shimizu used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was guard Zyun Abe (177-86) with 20 points and American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Panasonic Trians have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Aishin. Loser Mitsubishi Dolphins keep the seventh place with 25 games lost. Panasonic Trians will meet Tochigi Brex (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play against Toyota Alvark in Fuchu and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Panasonic: M.Nagayama 22+4reb, K.Hirose 15+4reb+2ast, H.Kinoshita 10+1reb+3ast, T.Onishi 7+1reb, H.Watanabe 6+1reb+2ast, A.Custis 6+9reb+1ast
Mitsubishi: Z.Abe 20+1reb+1ast, R.Hale 12+7reb+2ast, O.Lett 10+5reb+1ast, W.Brown-Matsushima 6+1reb+2ast, S.Utsumi 5+3reb+2ast, J.Uzawa 5+8reb
gschID: 119840


Hokkaido - Hitachi S. 76-66

An interesting game was played in Saporro where host Hokkaido (#8) won against 5th ranked Hitachi Sunrockers 76-66 on Sunday evening. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 10 points. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jai Lewis (201-83, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 rebounds and the former international guard Ryota Sakurai (194-83) who added 12 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Four Hokkaido players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Toshihiro Sato (176-80) with 14 points and 6 rebounds and guard Daisuke Kobayashi (189-87) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Hokkaido maintains eighth position with 10-26 record. Loser Hitachi Sunrockers keep the fifth place with 20 games lost. Hokkaido will meet higher ranked Toshiba Thunders (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hitachi Sunrockers will play against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Hokkaido: J.Lewis 20+6reb+2ast, T.Orimo 14+3reb+4ast, R.Sakurai 12+10reb+1ast, D.Noguchi 11+1ast, J.Katsumata 6+4reb, C.Maraker 5+5reb+2ast
Hitachi S.: D.Kobayashi 15+7reb, T.Sato 14+6reb+2ast, J.Takeuchi 13+5reb+3ast, T.Smith 8+1reb+3ast, K.Matsui 7+2reb+2ast, A.Aboya 5+6reb
gschID: 119837




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  KOSOVO   


Superleague Round 18: The derby of Mitrovica to be played on Sunday - by Onur Deqani
BKT Superleague of Kosovo progressed with the matches of Round 18, being played this weekend. Three matches were played Saturday night , while another match is going to be played today .
Saturday matches were mostly predictable, where Kosova, Peja and Sigal Prishtina won their games in high advantages.
The first meeting of the week, was between winless KB Mitrovice of bottom of the table, who wost 6th ranked KB Kosova from Vushtrri. KB Mitrovice got their 17th loss of the season with no victory yet as KB Kosova overcame them (53-100), to get their 5th win of the season.
KB Peja, whom match with KB Mitrovice on midweek was rearranged to another date, got their 4th win in a row against KB Bashkimi at home (108-71). Peja remains third with 13 wins and a less played match, while KB Bashkimi Prizren is now 7th (5 wins-13 losses).
#1 ranked Sigal Prishtine got their 17th straight win and 17th at all by beating the other team from Prishtina; Kol.EuroSport who hosted them. The result at the end was (70-112), while Sigal Prishtine remained at the top and Kolegji Eurosport are 5th in the league with 6 wins at all.
The derby of the week is going to be played on Sunday, between two teams from Mitrovica, 4th ranked KB Trepca and 2nd ranked KB Bambi.


Standings - Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
 1. Sigal Prishtina 17-1 
 2. Bambi 15-2 
 3. Peja 13-4 
 4. Trepca 9-8 
 5. K.EuroSporti 6-12 
 6. Kosova 5-13 
 7. Bashkimi 5-13 
 8. Mitrovica 0-17 


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  LEBANON   


Referees... Can we still call them "mistakes"?? or "on purpose mistakes"?? - by Rabih Khoury
Well, it is not new this season the referees issues... The Lebanese Basketball League is having one of the worst season in refereeing. Many mistakes game after game after game and no one acts.. No Changes are done and all the time the same referees are leading the games I just wonder how a professional and good European Referee can stay in a Country for 4 months and more without leaving?? Why he dont have a job in Europe if he is still on the level of being a good referee I remember the old days, when Europeans referees come to the League to lead big and important games.. They just come for couple of days, and then leave for other leagues But Same 2 import Referees staying 4 months in the country isnt strange?? Basketball Fans are sick of watching mistakes after mistakes after mistakes in the games.. Everyone is wondering if those mistakes are made on purpose from now on. After spoiling many games, no one can accept again to have such referees Federation should do something to improve the level, because with such basketball level, it is a shame to have such referees level Hope that our sound will be heard soon Better Late than Never!!

A true Lebanese Baksetball Fan!!!


Final 8 Round 7: Riyadi defeats Champville and gain the 1st spot!! - by Rabih Khoury
In the peak game of round 7 of the Final 8, Riyadi defeated Champville in Manara court and gained the 1st spot of the league for the first time this season. Riyadi played without their star Jean Abdel Nour and ended the game in the 4th quarter, where they made a very big lead (22 pts) after leading by 6 pts all game long. The final score was: 96-74.
Here are the stats:
Riyadi:
-Nate Johnson 28Pts, 5Rbs, 5Ass (13/24 FG + 1/3 3's + 1/1 FT) (Added 2 Steals + 2 TO) in 39 min
-Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) 24Pts, 23Rbs, 6Ass (8/13 FG + 8/9 FT) (Added 1 Steal + 2 TO & 4 Blocks) in 40 min
-Joe Vogel 19Pts, 4Rbs, 1Ass (8/14 FG + 1/3 3's + 2/2 FT) (Added 1 TO) in 37 min
-Omar Turk 15Pts, 6Rbs, 3Ass (5/9 FG + 3/6 3's + 2/3 FT) (Added 1 Steal + 2 TO) in 35 min
-Ali Mahmoud 8Pts, 3Rbs, 9Ass (2/6 FG + 2/3 3's + 2/2 FT) (Added 2 Steals + 3 TO) in 38 min
-Amir Saoud 2Pts, 1Rbs, 2Ass (0/5 FG + 0/2 3's + 2/2 FT) (Added 2 Steals + 1 TO) in 9 min

Champville:
-Fady Khatib 31Pts, 10Rbs, 2Ass (12/22 FG + 4/8 3's + 3/5 FT) (Added 1 Steal + 4 TO) in 40 min
-Jay Youngblood 22Pts, 2Rbs, 2Ass (8/17 FG + 5/10 3's + 1/2 FT) (Added 5 TO) in 40 min
-Larry Cox 13Pts, 13Rbs (6/13 FG + 0/1 3's + 1/4 FT) (Added 1 TO + 2 Blocks) in 40 min
-Karl Sarkis 5Pts, 1Rbs (2/8 FG + 1/6 3's) (Added 3 Steals) in 20 min
-Miguel Martinez 3Pts, 6Rbs, 1Ass (1/7 FG + 1/4 3's) (Added 1 Steal + 1 TO) in 20 min

In another game, Anibal Zahle won on Hoops and played the game without Alpha Bangura who left the court injured after 12 minutes. The final score was 62-54
Stats:

Anibal:
-Dominique Crawford 20Pts, 5Rbs, 4Ass (5/21 FG + 2/7 3's + 8/13 FT) (Added 2 Steals + 5 TO) in 37 min
-Roy Samaha 13Pts, 19Rbs (6/13 FG + 1/2 FT) (Added 1 TO + 1 Block) in 40 min
-Rodrigue Akl 10Pts, 9Rbs, 4Ass (3/11 FG + 2/6 3's + 1/4 FT) (Added 2 Steals + 1 TO) in 40 min
-Charles Tabet 5Pts, 11Rbs, 1Ass (2/7 FG + 1/4 FT) (Added 2 Steals) in 32 min
-Alpha Bangoura 5Pts, 3Rbs (1/4 FG + 3/4 FT) (Added 1 TO) in 13 min
-Bachir Saad 5Pts, 1Ass (1/2 FG + 3/3 FT) in 13 min
-Jihad Murr 4Pts, 2Rbs (2/6 FG + 0/2 3's) (Added 4 TO) in 14 min

Hoops:
-William Byrd 17Pts, 6Rbs, 2Ass (8/16 FG + 0/2 3's + 1/1 FT) (Added 1 TO + 2 Blocks) in 30 min
-Calvin Cage 14Pts, 1Rbs, 1Ass (3/13 FG + 1/3 3's + 7/7 FT) (Added 4 TO) in 33 min
-Badih Souaid 6Pts, 2Rbs, 1Ass (1/3 FG + 0/1 3's + 4/6 FT) in 10 min
-Mohamad Hamdar 6Pts, 6Rbs, 1Ass (3/7 FG + 0/2 FT) (Added 4 Blocks) in 31 min
-Anthony Yammine 4Pts, 6Rbs, 1Ass (2/5 FG + 0/1 3's) (Added 1 Steal) in 32 min

In the third game, Sagesse won on Antranik after trailing by 17. Sagesse took advantage at the end of the 3rd quarter where antranik guard Willie Bannister left the court injured.
The final score was 83-71
Antranik:
-Nadim Souaid 25Pts, 4Rbs (10/18 FG + 3/5 3's + 2/2 FT) (Added 2 Steals + 2 TO) in 40 min
-TJ Bannister 13Pts, 8Ass (4/6 FG + 0/1 3's + 5/5 FT) (Added 4 TO) in 25 min
-Malcolm Battles 12Pts, 4Rbs, 2Ass (4/14 FG + 1/5 3's + 3/3 FT) (Added 1 Steal + 5 TO) in 39 min
-Ali Kanaan 7Pts, 11Rbs, 5Ass (3/7 FG + 1/2 3's) (Added 3 Steals + 1 TO & 1 Block) in 31 min
-Costy Koudsi 5Pts (2/4 FG + 1/3 3's) (Added 3 TO) in 14 min

Sagesse:
-Garnett Thompson 23Pts, 8Rbs, 1Ass (10/13 FG + 0/2 3's + 3/5 FT) (Added 1 Steal + 5 TO & 1 Block) in 34 min
-Elie Estephan 17Pts, 7Rbs, 2Ass (7/10 FG + 0/3 3's + 3/5 FT) (Added 3 Steals + 1 TO) in 34 min
-Darryl Watkins 12Pts, 6Rbs, 3Ass (5/6 FG + 2/6 FT) (Added 5 Steals + 1 TO & 1 Block) in 27 min
-Ghaleb Reda 12Pts, 3Rbs, 6Ass (5/14 FG + 1/4 3's + 1/1 FT) (Added 2 Steals + 3 TO) in 28 min
-Sabah Khoury 5Pts, 5Rbs, 1Ass (2/10 FG + 1/7 3's) (Added 3 Steals + 3 TO) in 34 min
-Hussein Tawbe 5Pts, 6Rbs (2/6 FG + 1/2 FT) in 20 min
-Fadi Abou Mona 5Pts, 2Ass (2/7 FG + 0/4 3's + 1/2 FT) (Added 3 Steals + 3 TO) in 15 min


October dates set for FIBA Asia U16 events - by Maarouf Mawloud
The dates for the FIBA Asia U16 events for 2011 have been finalized.
Urumqi in China will host the 2nd FIBA Asia U16 Championship for Women from 5-12 Oct, 2011. Among other
important events, Urumqi had earlier hosted the 2006 FIBA Asia U18 Championship.
Nh Trang City, a beach resort town in Vietnam, will host the 2nd FIBA Asia Championship. Vietnamese capital
Ho Chi Minh City was originally slated to host this event. This event marks Vietnams debut as a host for a FIBA
Asia event.
The two FIBA Asia U16 events are qualifying events for the corresponding FIBA World U17 events to be held in
2012.
With the finalization of these dates, the countdown for the FIBA Asia events this year has begun, said FIBA Asia
Secretary General Dato Yeoh Choo Hock.
We have a long and challenging year ahead of us. But I am confident each of the hosts will rise to the occasion
and give us a successful event, he added.
The charm of this years calendar is in the challenge itself. I am sure we will come out, as always, with flying
colors, Dato Yeoh said.
FIBA Asia will run exclusive, dedicated and special event websites for all the events.


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  LIGA AMERICAS   


Liga-Americas Round: 2 (Top 4). Capitanes celebrate second straight win - by Eurobasket News
Capitanes - Halc.Xalapa 75-67
Capitanes claimed the second straight win in Liga Americas Final Four. They outscored Halcones Xalapa to step closer to the title. Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: USC) came up with 24 points to lead the Puerto Rican team. Halcones Xalapa suffered the second straight defeat on home soil. The teams stayed very close in the opening term. They traded baskets as Capitanes eked out a narrow 22:21 lead after ten minutes. Larry Ayuso was the key figure for the visitors as he unloaded 13 points in the first half allowing Capitanes to take a 38:33 halftime lead. Larry Ayuso erupted for 11 points more in the third term as Capitanes ensured a 61:53 lead with one quarter remaining. Halcones Xalapa did not give up as their 9:0 run tied things up at 61. But Roberto Jose Hatton delivered 10 points and Capitanes escaped with a tough win at the end. Roberto Jose Hatton accounted for 17 points, while Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) added 10 points, 10 boards and 4 assists in the win. Adam Parada (213-C-81, college: Cal-Irvine) answered with 19 points for Xalapa. Louis Roe (200-F-72, college: Massachusetts) finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

Regatas C. - Halc.Rojos 70-74
Halcones Rojos gained the first win in the Liga Americas Final Four. They outscored Regatas Corrientes of Argentina to improve at 1-1 record. Jaime Lloreda (201-F/C-80, college: LSU) delivered 22 points to pace the winners. Halcones Rojos will face Halcones Xalapa in the final day of the tournament for a chance to win the trophy. Regatas Corrientes slipped at 1-1 and would take on undefeated Capitanes de Arecibo. The first half saw a tight battle. Regatas managed to pull in front 14:12 after ten minutes. The Argentinean team boosted the margin to three points 37:34 at the interval. Regatas maintained the lead throughout the third frame. They entered the final period up by three points 57:54. But Halcones turned things around with a 12:0 run midway through the final stanza. Regatas could not recover after a blow and had to surrender at the end. Brandon Robinson produced 21 points and 9 boards. Paul Stoll (178-G-85) added 12 points in the victory. Federico Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) and Ramzee Stanton (197-F-80, agency: Dream Team Management, college: W.Chester) responded with 16 points each for Regatas. Eduardo Villares (188-G-79) had 11 points in the loss.




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. Ayuso, Capitanes19.1 
 7. Lloreda, Halc.Rojos18.9 
 8. Romero, Espartanos18.7 
 9. Roe, Halc.Xalapa18.5 
 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.9.8 
 7. Henning, Toros9.3 
 8. Roe, Halc.Xalapa9.2 
 9. Giovannoni, BRB/B.9.2 
 10. Benson, Regatas C.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. Martinez, Regat.5.3 
 5. Garcia, BR.5.2 
 6. Pagan, Toros5.0 
 7. Mazzaro, Quimsa4.5 
 8. Elliott, Cocodrilos4.0 
 9. Rivera, Halc.Rojos3.9 
 10. Machado, Flamengo3.8 
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. Martinez, Regat.2.1 
 9. Hill, Halc.Rojos2.0 
 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. Roe, Halc.Xalapa1.7 
 6. Mata, Halc.Xalapa1.7 
 7. Traylor, Halc.Xalapa1.7 
 8. Robinson, Halc..1.6 
 9. Teichmann, Flame.1.5 
 10. Aubry, Capitanes1.5 


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


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  LITHUANIA   


NKL Round 40: Silute loses to ABRO-Universitetas - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Silute between second ranked Silute (15-21) and sixth ranked ABRO-Universitetas (12-25) on Saturday night. Silute was defeated by ABRO-Universitetas in a tough game at home 75-83. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Silute. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 49-38 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. ABRO-Universitetas forced 19 Silute turnovers. Strangely Silute outrebounded ABRO-Universitetas 45-33 including 17 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Aivaras Kvedaravicius (184-G-88) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Swingman Povilas Rasamavicius (195-87) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Vytautas Nedzinskas (196-87) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists for Silute. ABRO-Universitetas maintains sixth position with 12-25 record. Silute at the other side keeps the second place with 21 games lost. ABRO-Universitetas are looking forward to face Puntukas (#7) in Anyksciai in the next round. Silute will play on the road against Akademija (#5) in Vilnius and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Erelita-KTU (14-23) against seventh ranked Puntukas (10-27) on Saturday night. Host Erelita-KTU was defeated by Puntukas in Kaunas 83-72. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Darius Tarvydas (200-91) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 7 rebounds and Giedrius Marciukaitis who added 19 points during the contest. At the losing side power forward Rokas Cepanonis (207-89) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Newly promoted Puntukas maintains seventh position with 10-27 record. Erelita-KTU at the other side keeps the third place with 23 games lost. Puntukas will play against higher ranked ABRO-Universitetas (#6) in Siauliai in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Erelita-KTU will have a break next round.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Radviliskis (26-12) against seventh ranked Nafta Universitetas (21-17) on Saturday night. Host Radviliskis was defeated by Nafta Universitetas in a tough game in Radviliskis 61-70. The winners were led by Mindaugas Girdziunas who scored that evening 21 points and 4 assists. Even 14 points and 7 rebounds by Zilvinas Kuklierius did not help to save the game for Radviliskis. Nafta Universitetas moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Zalgiris-Sabonio. Loser Radviliskis keeps the second position with 12 games lost. Nafta Universitetas will meet at home higher ranked Mazeikiai (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Radviliskis will play against Perlas-MRU in Vilnius and hope to secure a win.
NKL top team - Pieno Zvaigzdes (37-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked LKKA-Atletas (20-18) in Pasvalys 83-73. Arnas Kazlauskas fired 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Pieno Zvaigzdes' coach Rimantas Endrijaitis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Pieno Zvaigzdes maintains first position with 37-1 record. LKKA-Atletas at the other side dropped to the seventh place with 18 games lost. Pieno Zvaigzdes' next round opponent will be Meresta (#3) in Pakruojis, which may be the game of the day. LKKA-Atletas' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Kaunas to the arena Zalgiris-Sabonio.
The game between fourth ranked Mazeikiai (23-15) and 5th ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (21-17) in Mazeikiai on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Mazeikiai outscored guests from Kaunas 100-59. It was a very good performance for Jason Warren who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Mazeikiai's coach Aloyzas Rudys felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mazeikiai maintains fourth position with 23-15 record. Loser Zalgiris-Sabonio keeps the fifth place with 17 games lost. Mazeikiai will face Nafta Universitetas (#5) in Klaipeda in the next round. Zalgiris-Sabonio's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Kaunas LKKA-Atletas.

In the last two games of round 40 Akademija beat Delikatesas on the road 74-67. Meresta destroyed Perlas-MRU on its own court 87-61.


Silute - ABRO-Univ. 75-83

The most important game in the last round took place in Silute between second ranked Silute (15-21) and sixth ranked ABRO-Universitetas (12-25) on Saturday night. Silute was defeated by ABRO-Universitetas in a tough game at home 75-83. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Silute. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 49-38 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. ABRO-Universitetas forced 19 Silute turnovers. Strangely Silute outrebounded ABRO-Universitetas 45-33 including 17 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Aivaras Kvedaravicius (184-88) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Swingman Povilas Rasamavicius (195-87) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Vytautas Nedzinskas (196-87) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists and power forward Erikas Kaupaitis (202-84, college: USC Upstate) added 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Silute. Four Silute players scored in double figures. ABRO-Universitetas maintains sixth position with 12-25 record. Silute at the other side keeps the second place with 21 games lost. ABRO-Universitetas are looking forward to face Puntukas (#7) in Anyksciai in the next round. Silute will play on the road against Akademija (#5) in Vilnius and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
ABRO-Univ.: A.Kvedaravicius 24+6reb+7ast, P.Rasamavicius 17+7reb+2ast, V.Liutych 17+3reb, E.Vaupsas 7+2reb+2ast, A.Gurklys 7+3reb, T.Miezis 5+3reb+1ast
Silute: E.Kaupaitis 18+9reb+4ast, A.Vaitiekus 13+5reb, V.Nedzinskas 12+17reb+5ast, A.Cizikas 10+6reb+10ast, E.Jurkus 9+2reb+2ast, J.Nausedas 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 122482


Erelita - Puntukas 72-83

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Erelita-KTU (14-23) against seventh ranked Puntukas (10-27) on Saturday night. Host Erelita-KTU was defeated by Puntukas in Kaunas 83-72. The game was mostly controlled by Puntukas. Erelita-KTU was better in fourth quarter 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Puntukas outrebounded Erelita-KTU 48-28 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Darius Tarvydas (200-91) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Giedrius Marciukaitis (195-91) who added 19 points during the contest. At the losing side power forward Rokas Cepanonis (207-89) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and guard Matas Sapiega (180-90) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 assists. Newly promoted Puntukas maintains seventh position with 10-27 record. Erelita-KTU at the other side keeps the third place with 23 games lost. Puntukas will play against higher ranked ABRO-Universitetas (#6) in Siauliai in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Erelita-KTU will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Puntukas: D.Tarvydas 22+7reb+1ast, G.Marciukaitis 19+4reb, P.Joneliunas 14+9reb, M.Norkus 7+10reb+1ast, B.Maze 5+1reb+5ast, L.Kazlauskas 5+3reb+2ast
Erelita: R.Cepanonis 19+13reb+1ast, M.Sapiega 17+3reb+10ast, M.Lisajevicius 14+1reb+2ast, D.Baika 7+6reb+1ast, M.Pazera 6+1ast, V.Skema 4+2reb
gschID: 122483


Delikatesas - Akademija 67-74

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifth ranked Akademija (12-24) beat one of their biggest challengers Delikatesas (13-24) in Joniskis 74-67 on Saturday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a very good performance for guard Karolis Alekna (183-91) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Janas Jurgo (200-83) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Vytautas-Edvardas Pikalavicius (196-90) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and Klym Artamovon added 18 points in the effort for Delikatesas. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Akademija have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 12-24 record. Loser Delikatesas keeps the fourth place with 24 games lost. Akademija will face league's second-placed Silute at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Akademija: J.Jurgo 15+6reb+1ast, K.Alekna 14+8reb+1ast, E.Mockevicius 13+8reb+1ast, T.Lekunas 11+4reb+1ast, S.Lekys 9+3reb+3ast, O.Olisevicius 6+2reb+1ast
Delikatesas: K.Artamonov 18+3reb+3ast, Z.Petraitis 16, V.Pikalavicius 12+11reb+2ast, J.Jucikas 12+8reb+2ast, J.Blazys 7+8reb+2ast, L.Kutra 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 122484


Mazeikiai - Zalgiris-Sabonio 100-59

The game between fourth ranked Mazeikiai (23-15) and 5th ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (21-17) in Mazeikiai on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Mazeikiai outscored guests from Kaunas 100-59. The game without a history. Mazeikiai 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 Zalgiris-Sabonio's 42. Mazeikiai forced 22 Zalgiris-Sabonio turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Mazeikiai especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Zalgiris-Sabonio's players. It was a very good performance for American swingman Jason Warren (201-84, college: Missouri Western) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Vitalijus Luksa (206-86) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Warren is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Mazeikiai players scored in double figures. Mazeikiai's coach Aloyzas Rudys felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Zygimantas Skucas (200-92) replied with 12 points and 6 rebounds and center Mindaugas Kupsas (215-91) added 14 points in the effort for Zalgiris-Sabonio. Mazeikiai maintains fourth position with 23-15 record. Loser Zalgiris-Sabonio keeps the fifth place with 17 games lost. Mazeikiai will face Nafta Universitetas (#5) in Klaipeda in the next round. Zalgiris-Sabonio's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Kaunas LKKA-Atletas.
Top scorers:
Mazeikiai: J.Warren 18+10reb+4ast, M.Norkus 14+2reb, V.Luksa 13+4reb+3ast, V.Kazlauskas 13+1reb+2ast, D.Vaitelis 12+5reb, M.Sidlauskas 11+1reb+4ast
Zalgiris-Sabonio: M.Kupsas 14+4reb+1ast, Z.Skucas 12+6reb+2ast, G.Zyle 11+4reb+1ast, P.Sorokas 9+4reb+1ast, E.Ulanovas 7+5reb+2ast, K.Vecvagars 6+6reb
gschID: 122479


Radviliskis - Nafta Universitetas 61-70

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Radviliskis (26-12) against seventh ranked Nafta Universitetas (21-17) on Saturday night. Host Radviliskis was defeated by Nafta Universitetas in a tough game in Radviliskis 61-70. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 25-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Nafta Universitetas forced 21 Radviliskis turnovers. The winners were led by guard Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-89) who scored that evening 21 points and 4 assists and forward Viktoras Chodosovskis (200-89) supported him with 17 points. Even 14 points and 7 rebounds by guard Zilvinas Kuklierius (180-85) did not help to save the game for Radviliskis. Forward Martynas Binza (202-82) added 12 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Nafta Universitetas moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Zalgiris-Sabonio. Loser Radviliskis keeps the second position with 12 games lost. Nafta Universitetas will meet at home higher ranked Mazeikiai (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Radviliskis will play against Perlas-MRU in Vilnius and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Nafta Universitetas: M.Girdziunas 21+4reb+4ast, V.Chodosovskis 17+1reb+3ast, M.Sumskis 9+3reb, T.Klimas 9+4reb+1ast, H.Venskus 4+7reb+4ast, J.Kazakauskas 4+3reb+2ast
Radviliskis: Z.Kuklierius 14+7reb, L.Valantinas 13+1reb+1ast, M.Binza 12+5reb+1ast, A.Oladimeji 8+6reb+3ast, L.Pipiras 6+6reb+1ast, R.Rauktys 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 122480


Meresta - Perlas-MRU 87-61

Very expected game when 8th ranked Perlas-MRU (16-22) was smashed by third ranked Meresta (24-14) in Pakruojis 87-61 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-61. Meresta dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Perlas-MRU's 30. Quite impressive performance for guard Tomas Balciunas (186-79) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Guard Saulius Raziulis (183-76, agency: Court Side) contributed with 18 points and 6 assists for the winners. Forward Tadas Padegimas (201-90) replied with 16 points and forward Karolis Brusokas (200-91) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Perlas-MRU. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Meresta have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 24-14 record having just -10 point less than leader Pieno Zvaigzdes. Perlas-MRU lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 22 games lost. Meresta will face league's leader Pieno Zvaigzdes in Pasvalys in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Perlas-MRU will play at home against the league's second-placed Radviliskis (#2).
Top scorers:
Meresta: T.Balciunas 23+5reb+2ast, S.Raziulis 18+2reb+6ast, T.Druktenis 12+5reb+1ast, A.Danusevicius 12+2reb+1ast, S.Slivka 8+7reb, M.Jankaitis 6+2reb+1ast
Perlas-MRU: T.Padegimas 16+3reb, M.Kazonas 11+4reb, K.Brusokas 10+6reb, D.Nazarovas 10+1reb+1ast, P.Semaska 5+2reb+5ast, M.Gilys 4+4reb
gschID: 122481


Pieno Zvaigzdes - LKKA-Atletas 83-73

NKL top team - Pieno Zvaigzdes (37-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked LKKA-Atletas (20-18) in Pasvalys 83-73. The game was mostly controlled by Pieno Zvaigzdes. LKKA-Atletas was better in third quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded LKKA-Atletas 41-19 including a 29-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Power forward Arnas Kazlauskas (204-76, agency: Court Side) fired 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Darius Griskenas (194-84) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. Pieno Zvaigzdes' coach Rimantas Endrijaitis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-86) produced 29 points and 5 rebounds and guard Sarunas Vingelis (192-89) added 21 points respectively for lost side. Pieno Zvaigzdes maintains first position with 37-1 record. LKKA-Atletas at the other side dropped to the seventh place with 18 games lost. Pieno Zvaigzdes' next round opponent will be Meresta (#3) in Pakruojis, which may be the game of the day. LKKA-Atletas' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Kaunas to the arena Zalgiris-Sabonio.
Top scorers:
Pieno Zvaigzdes: D.Griskenas 18+4reb+4ast, A.Kazlauskas 16+8reb+3ast, Z.Fredrick 11+1reb+3ast, G.Vileita 9+5reb+4ast, D.Leonard 9+4reb+1ast, A.Masiulis 7+3reb+1ast
LKKA-Atletas: V.Sragauskis 29+5reb+1ast, S.Vingelis 21+2reb+3ast, D.Gricius 9+2reb+2ast, A.Sakalauskas 6+3reb, E.Tviraga 3+2reb, P.Malasauskas 3+2reb+5ast
gschID: 122478




Lithuanian LKL round 23 best performance: Jonas Valanciunas - by Eurobasket News
Center Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 18-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds, while his team crushed Juventus (#4, 11-7) with 21-point margin 100-79. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Lietuvos Rytas maintains the 2nd position in Lithuanian LKL. They are still close to the very top. Lietuvos Rytas would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 16-2 record. Valanciunas turned to be Lietuvos Rytas' top player in his first season with the team. Jonas Valanciunas has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 8.5rpg) and averages impressive 2.2bpg and 66.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) of league's leader Zalgiris. Kuzminskas had a very good evening with 18 points and 4 rebounds. Of course he lead Zalgiris to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Alytus Alita (#13, 2-15) 100-65. Of course Zalgiris still keep the league's top spot. He plays for the best team in the league and Zalgiris managed to win all 18 games keeping perfect record. Kuzminskas is a newcomer at Zalgiris and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Gintaras Leonavicius (194-G-83, agency: Players Group) of Techasas (#5). Leonavicius scored 20 points. He was a key player of Techasas, leading his team to a 75-66 win against the lower-ranked Neptunas (#8, 6-11). Techasas needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 8 lost games. Leonavicius has a very solid season. In 10 games in Lithuania he scored 13.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86) of Zalgiris - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Darius Silinskis (216-C-84) of Techasas - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-C-89) of Juventus - 13 points and 7 rebounds
7. Valdas Vasylius (203-F-83) of Neptunas - 16 points and 4 rebounds
8. Aivaras Kiausas (199-F-80) of Sakalai - 7 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Vytenis Petkus (193-F-87) of Naglis-Adakris - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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 15-21 
 3. Erelita 14-23 
 4. Delikatesas 13-24 
 5. Akademija 12-24 
 6. ABRO-Univ. 12-25 
 7. Puntukas 10-27 


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, Silute17.8 
 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. Nedzinskas, Silute8.5 
 6. Brusokas, Perla.8.4 
 7. Mineikis, Radviliskis7.7 
 8. Jucikas, Delikatesas7.3 
 9. Kaupaitis, Silute7.2 
 10. Kupsas, Zalgir.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai6.9 
 2. Vingelis, LKKA-.5.1 
 3. Sapiega, Erelita4.9 
 4. Kuklierius, Radvilis.4.9 
 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. Pauliukenas, Akade.2.1 
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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Scoring Leaders - DBBL
Points Per Game
 Marcus KENNEDY
  Residence
  (193-F-84)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Kennedy, Residence25.5 
 2. Ulmer, Soleuvre24.5 
 3. Schumacher, T7123.8 
 4. Crawford, Soleuvre23.8 
 5. McDaniel, Black S.22.6 
 6. Reimold, Basket E.22.2 
 7. Muller, T7121.1 
 8. Gary, Contern19.9 
 9. Smith, Sparta19.3 
 10. Delgado, Etzella18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lamonte ULMER
  Soleuvre
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Ulmer, Soleuvre16.8 
 2. McDaniel, Black S.14.7 
 3. Gary, Contern12.9 
 4. Crawford, Soleuvre12.6 
 5. Kennedy, Residence12.6 
 6. Wurtz, Musel Pikes12.0 
 7. Stephens, T7111.9 
 8. Scott, Etzella10.9 
 9. Wojnowski, Musel P.10.7 
 10. Abercrombie, Spa.9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Christian SCHARTZ
  Amicale
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Schartz, Amicale5.1 
 2. Schumacher, T714.7 
 3. Rausch, Black Star3.6 
 4. Delgado, Etzella3.5 
 5. Reimold, Basket E.3.1 
 6. Arbaut, Sparta3.0 
 7. Schwartz, Musel P.2.8 
 8. Koster, Residence2.8 
 9. McDaniel, Black S.2.5 
 10. Giver, Etzella2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher JONES
  Amicale
  (186-G-90)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Jones, Amicale2.2 
 2. Kalmes, Contern1.9 
 3. Schartz, Amicale1.6 
 4. Birdsong, Amicale1.5 
 5. Kennedy, Residence1.5 
 6. Smith, Sparta1.5 
 7. McDaniel, Black S.1.5 
 8. Abdiu, Residence1.5 
 9. Gary, Contern1.5 
 10. Delgado, Etzella1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon GARY
  Contern
  (202-F-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gary, Contern2.1 
 2. McDaniel, Black S.1.8 
 3. Birdsong, Amicale1.8 
 4. Hoffmann, Etzella1.3 
 5. Stephens, T711.1 
 6. Wurtz, Musel Pikes0.9 
 7. Abercrombie, Spa.0.9 
 8. Ulmer, Soleuvre0.8 
 9. Kennedy, Residence0.7 
 10. Weisen, Soleuvre0.6 


Diekirch League Round 2 (Second Stage): Musel Pikes defeat Contern in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Second Stage in Diekirch League.

The most exciting game of round 2 in the Diekirch League took place in Contern. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of Contern (7-12) to Musel Pikes (9-10) 68-65 in the game for the first place in 7-10 places group. Musel Pikes maintains first position in the group with 9-10 record. Contern at the other side keeps the second place with 12 games lost. Musel Pikes are looking forward to face Black Star (#4) in Mersch in the next round. Contern will play on the road against Soleuvre in Belvaux and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fifth-ranked Sparta (11-9) gave a tough game to second ranked Etzella (15-5) in Ettelbruck. Etzella managed to secure only two-point victory 74-72. However their fans expected easier game. Etzella maintains second position in League with 15-5 record behind leader T71. Sparta at the other side keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. Etzella will play against Amicale (#3) in Steinsel in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sparta will play at home against the league's leader T71 in Dudelange and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Basket Esch (12-8) against fourth ranked Amicale (12-8) on Saturday night. Visiting Basket Esch was defeated by Amicale in Steinsel 84-68. The best player for the winners was Christopher Jones (186-G-90) who scored 23 points and 7 rebounds. John Reimold produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds for the guests. Amicale moved-up to third place in League. Amicale will meet at home league's second-placed Etzella in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Basket Esch will play against Residence in Bereldange and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
One of their biggest challengers host Black Star (1-18) lost to third ranked Soleuvre (6-13) 80-69 in 7-10 places group. Lamonte Ulmer orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 22 rebounds. Soleuvre maintains third position in League with 6-13 record having eleven points less than leader T71. Newly promoted Black Star keeps the fourth place with 18 games lost. Soleuvre's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Contern at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Black Star will play against the group's leader Musel Pikes in Stadrbredimus.

In the last game of round 2
In League Residence lost to T71 on the opponent's court 61-77.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 36 points (!!!) and 23 rebounds by Marcus Kennedy of Residence Walferdange.


Group 1-6 places
Amicale - Basket Esch 84-68

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Basket Esch (12-8) against fourth ranked Amicale (12-8) on Saturday night. Visiting Basket Esch was defeated by Amicale in Steinsel 84-68. Basket Esch was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 32-15 charge of Amicale, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 19 Basket Esch turnovers. The best player for the winners was guard Christopher Jones (186-90) who scored 23 points and 7 rebounds. The former international guard Christian Schartz (180-86) chipped in 18 points and 7 assists. Four Amicale players scored in double figures. American forward John Reimold (198-81, college: Bowling Green) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds and Slovakian power forward Stefan Svitek (203-77) added 18 points respectively for the guests. Amicale moved-up to third place in League. Amicale will meet at home league's second-placed Etzella in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Basket Esch will play against Residence in Bereldange and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Basket Esch: J.Reimold 25+15reb+3ast, S.Svitek 18+4reb+1ast, M.Rajniak 7+3reb+5ast, A.Rodenbourg 6+3reb, J.Biever 5+2reb+4ast, C.Donnersbach 5+2reb+1ast
Amicale: C.Jones 23+7reb+1ast, C.Schartz 18+1reb+7ast, E.Jeitz 14+2reb+1ast, L.Birdsong 12+3reb+3ast, M.Zianveni 8+5reb+1ast, A.Laurent 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 121817


T71 - Residence 77-61

Very expected game in Dudelange where 6th ranked Residence (9-11) was defeated by first ranked T71 (16-4) 77-61. The game without a history. T71 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. T71 outrebounded Residence 53-29 including a 27-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. International guard Tom Schumacher (190-87, college: Cal.Baptist) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Denell Stephens (192-86, college: Slippery Rock, agency: ZAG Advocates) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 20 rebounds for the winners. T71's coach Jan Enjebo allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Marcus Kennedy (193-84, college: Montevallo, agency: Interperformances) replied with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 15 rebounds and international swingman Pitt Koster (178-89) added 17 points in the effort for Residence. Defending champion maintains first position in League with 16-4 record. Residence at the other side keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. T71's next round opponent will be Sparta (#5) in Bertrange. Residence will play on the road against Basket Esch and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Residence: M.Kennedy 29+15reb, P.Koster 17+2reb, T.Abdiu 5+4reb, M.Leschek 4+3reb, S.Felten 3+2reb, F.Mangen 2+1reb+1ast
T71: T.Schumacher 31+6reb+4ast, D.Stephens 20+20reb, C.Laures 9+11reb+1ast, A.Abreu 5+1reb, G.Ruffato 5+5reb+2ast, B.Kieffer 4+5reb
gschID: 121818


Etzella - Sparta 74-72

Fifth-ranked Sparta (11-9) gave a tough game to second ranked Etzella (15-5) in Ettelbruck. Etzella managed to secure only two-point victory 74-72. However their fans expected easier game. Etzella maintains second position in League with 15-5 record behind leader T71. Sparta at the other side keeps the fifth place with nine games lost. Etzella will play against Amicale (#3) in Steinsel in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sparta will play at home against the league's leader T71 in Dudelange and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 121816


Group 7-10 places
Contern - Musel Pikes 65-68

The most exciting game of round 2 in the Diekirch League took place in Contern. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of Contern (7-12) to Musel Pikes (9-10) 68-65 in the game for the first place in 7-10 places group. Musel Pikes maintains first position in the group with 9-10 record. Contern at the other side keeps the second place with 12 games lost. Musel Pikes are looking forward to face Black Star (#4) in Mersch in the next round. Contern will play on the road against Soleuvre in Belvaux and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 121820


Black Star - Soleuvre 69-80

One of their biggest challengers host Black Star (1-18) lost to third ranked Soleuvre (6-13) 80-69 in 7-10 places group. The game was mostly controlled by Soleuvre. Black Star was better in fourth quarter 26-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Black Star 48-36 including a 36-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Lamonte Ulmer (198-86, college: Rhode Island, agency: Impact Basketball) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 22 rebounds. Forward David Controguerra (194-86) contributed with 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Billy McDaniel (201-84, college: Ark.-Monticello, agency: JEMsports) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds and guard Tom Rausch (183-90) added 16 points and 5 assists in the effort for Black Star. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Soleuvre maintains third position in League with 6-13 record having eleven points less than leader T71. Newly promoted Black Star keeps the fourth place with 18 games lost. Soleuvre's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Contern at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Black Star will play against the league's leader Musel Pikes in Stadrbredimus.
Top scorers:
Black Star: T.Rausch 16+2reb+5ast, B.McDaniel 15+16reb+2ast, R.Nunes 14+3reb+1ast, T.Becker 11+6reb+1ast, J.Kirch 6+7reb, M.Schumacher 5
Soleuvre: D.Controguerra 22+7reb+2ast, M.Weyland 19+3reb, L.Ulmer 16+22reb+2ast, D.Berthle 12+6reb+1ast, B.Hemmen 7+7reb, C.Weisen 4+2reb
gschID: 121819




Standings
Diekirch Standings
1-6 places
 1. T71 16-4 
 2. Etzella 15-5 
 3. Amicale 12-8 
 4. Basket Esch 12-8 
 5. Sparta 11-9 
 6. Residence 9-11 
7-10 places
 1. Musel Pikes 9-10 
 2. Contern 7-12 
 3. Soleuvre 6-13 
 4. Black Star 1-18 


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Capitanes de Arecibo are step away from title - by Eurobasket News
Capitanes de Arecibo - Halcones Xalapa 75:67

Capitanes claimed the second straight win in Liga Americas Final Four. They outscored Halcones Xalapa to step closer to the title. Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: USC) came up with 24 points to lead the Puerto Rican team. Halcones Xalapa suffered the second straight defeat on home soil.
The teams stayed very close in the opening term. They traded baskets as Capitanes eked out a narrow 22:21 lead after ten minutes. Larry Ayuso was the key figure for the visitors as he unloaded 13 points in the first half allowing Capitanes to take a 38:33 halftime lead. Larry Ayuso erupted for 11 points more in the third term as Capitanes ensured a 61:53 lead with one quarter remaining. Halcones Xalapa did not give up as their 9:0 run tied things up at 61. But Roberto Jose Hatton (187-G-76, college: Marist) delivered 10 points and Capitanes escaped with a tough win at the end. Roberto Jose Hatton accounted for 17 points, while Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) added 10 points, 10 boards and 4 assists in the win. Adam Parada (213-C-81, college: Cal-Irvine) answered with 19 points for Xalapa. Louis Roe (200-F-72, college: Massachusetts) finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

Capitanes de Arecibo: Larry Ayuso 24, Roberto Jose Hatton 17, Danilo Pinnock 10+10 boards
Halcones Xalapa: Adam Parada 19, Louis Roe 13+12 boards



Halcones Rojos prevail against Regatas Corrientes in Xalapa - by Eurobasket News
Halcones Rojos - Regatas Corrientes 74:70

Halcones Rojos gained the first win in the Liga Americas Final Four. They outscored Regatas Corrientes of Argentina to improve at 1-1 record. Jaime Lloreda (201-F/C-80, college: LSU) delivered 22 points to pace the winners. Halcones Rojos will face Halcones Xalapa in the final day of the tournament for a chance to win the trophy. Regatas Corrientes slipped at 1-1 and would take on undefeated Capitanes de Arecibo.
The first half saw a tight battle. Regatas managed to pull in front 14:12 after ten minutes. The Argentinean team boosted the margin to three points 37:34 at the interval. Regatas maintained the lead throughout the third frame. They entered the final period up by three points 57:54. But Halcones turned things around with a 12:0 run midway through the final stanza. Regatas could not recover after a blow and had to surrender at the end. Brandon Robinson (202-F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Auburn) produced 21 points and 9 boards. Paul Stoll (178-G-85) added 12 points in the victory. Federico Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) and Ramzee Stanton (197-F-80, agency: Dream Team Management, college: W.Chester) responded with 16 points each for Regatas. Eduardo Villares (188-G-79) had 11 points in the loss.

Halcones Rojos: Jaime Lloreda 22, Brandon Robinson 21, Paul Stoll 12
Regatas Corrientes: Federico Kammerichs 16, Ramzee Stanton 16



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  MONTENEGRO   


Ulcinj in overtime beat ABS Primorje win for Teodo and Mogren - by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball Clubs Ulcinj, Mogren and Teodo achieved victorys in the 17th Round tonight played matches of the Montenegrin league.Ulcinj at home in overtime defeat ABS Primorje 93:92.After the regular flow result was 83:83 (29:18, 26:15, 16:22 and 12:28). Successful were the Teodo and Mogren.Teodo in Tivat beat Danilovgrad 82:81 (23:9, 23:25, 25:15 and 11:32), while Mogren in Bijelo Polje triumphed at home against Jedinstvo score 66:60 (21:14, 11:14 , 15:18 and 19:14).
In the final match of this round, Monday at the Bar, will meet the Mornar and the Gorstak.Lovcen the match against Ljubovica got the official result, as the team from Podgorica, formerly excluded from the competition.

Teodo - Danilovgrad 82:81 (23:9, 23:25, 25:15, 11:32)
Tivat - SC: Zupa.Spect: 300. Reff: Vojinovic (Niksic), Lakicevic (Budva), Kostic (Cetinje).
Teodo: Lucic, Goran Bulatovic (184-G-88) 5, Radonjic, Stevan Lazovic (186-G-91) 4, Bozovic, Manojlovic, Pekic 5, Nikola Bulajic (208-C-84) 17, Subotic 14, Vasilije Seferovic (193-G/F-85) 19, Aco Mandic (205-C/F-84) 15, Rajovic 3.
Danilovgrad: Jovovic 14, V. Jovanovic, Djerkovic, Antovic, Skendzic, Marko Milatovic (194-G-88) 12, Vukovic, Z. Jovanovic 14, Sekulic, Mrdak 11, Igor Bijelic (208-C/F-88) 22, Igor Lutersek (203-F/C-89) 8.

Ulcinj - ABS Primorje 93:92 (29:18, 26:15, 16:22, 12:28, 10:9)
Ulcinj - SC Gimnazija.Spect: 500. Reff: N. Lepetic (Herceg Novi), Kaludjerovic (Niksic), Kicovic (Bar).
Ulcinj: Latkovic 12, Djurisic 27, Tepavcevic 9, Milosevic 4, Radulovic 10, Sibalic 12, Djurkovic 6, Jeftic 4, Klikovac, Mijovic, Mihailovic 8, Krstovic.
ABS Primorje: Stefan Arapovic (191-G/F-90) 10, Djokovic 8, Ivan Misinezovic (188-G-93), Denis Arapovic (188-G-92) 2, Popovic 30, Bulatovic 11, Kovacevic 7, Ivan Zejak (203-F/C-87) 24, Brajovic, Savic.

Jedinstvo - Mogren 60:66 (14:21, 14:11, 18:15, 14:19)
Bijelo Polje SC: Nikoljac.Spect : 200. Reff: Sundic, Koljensic, Savovic (Podgorica).
Jedinstvo: Kovacevic 4, Ticevic, Korac 19, Miljic, Damjanovic, Omerovic 4, Babaca 12, Boban Medenica (204-F-87) 4, Petrovic 8, Vladimir Grdinic (190-G-78), Milosev 2, Marko Ljujic (205-C-90) 7.
Mogren: Fatic 4, Igor Kunjic (199-F-87) 16, Andric, Rajko Krivokapic (199-F-85), Aldin Kadic (208-C-86) 10, Amir Dovadzija (193-G-84) 11, Dejan Radulovic (186-G-85) 19, Kovacevic, Sekulovic 3, Vladimir Osmajic (204-F/C-80) 3, Mazalica.




Standings - 1A
1A Standings
 1. Ulcijn 14-3 
 2. Lovcen 13-4 
 3. Mornar Bar 12-3 
 4. Teodo Tivat 11-6 
 5. Jedinstvo 10-6 
 6. Mogren 7-10 
 7. ABS Primorje 6-11 
 8. Danilovgrad 4-13 
 9. Gorstak 3-13 
 10. Ljubovic 3-14 
Play in international cups:
 1. Buducnost


Standings - 1B
1B Stage Two Standings
 1. Sutjeska 8-2 
 2. KK Podgorica 8-2 
 3. Un.Mediteran 6-4 
 4. Centar BP 5-6 
 5. Ibar Rozaje 4-6 
 6. S.Centar 4-7 
 7. Buducnost II 3-7 
 8. Rudar 3-7 
regular season Standings


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  NBA   


Celtics sign Carlos Arroyo - by Eurobasket News
Carlos Arroyo (6'2''-G-79, college: Florida Intern.) looks to be the next participant in the long line of Celtics backup point guards.

According to multiple reports, the Celtics have signed the veteran point guard to give the C's some depth behind starter Rajon Rondo. According to the Boston Herald, the deal is a pro-rated veteran's minimum contract for the remainder of the season. The Herald also reports that the deal is pending a physical, and that Arroyo could join the team for Sunday's game in Milwaukee.

The 31-year-old native of Puerto Rico was just recently let go by Miami. The Heat no longer needed Arroyo after they picked up Mike Bibby, after he was bought out by the Wizards.

Arroyo started 42 games with Miami, averaging 5.6 points and two assists per contest. He's expected to serve as a backup for Rondo, especially with the continuing injury concerns for Delonte West.

Courtesy of www.nesn.com


George Karl close to three year extension with Denver - by Eurobasket News
Have you seen Denver play? Since the trade that was supposed to be the death of the franchise sending it back to the stone ages of rebuilding, I mean?

The're good. They get after it defensively, they have some balance and a real energy. Theyre not contending but they are going to push somebody in the playoffs.

George Karl deserves some credit for that. And hes about to get rewarded.

Karl and the Nuggets have been talking about a new contract for a while now and they are close to a deal on a three-year extension for the coach, according to Chris Tomasson (on twitter). The final details are being ironed out.

Karl is a good fit in Denver, a player that pushes and gets a lot out of his teams. Hes a good fit with a team like Denver has now. Yes, they still have rebuilding to do, but the goal was not to drop all the way off in the process. Karl seems the right coach for that.

Courtesy of http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com


Howard faces suspension after 16th technical - by Eurobasket News
Dwight Howard (6'10''-C/F-85) faces an automatic one-game suspension from the NBA after picking up his 16th technical foul of the season.

Howard, who leads the NBA in the category, was whistled for another one with 1:41 left in the first half Friday night against Chicago.

If the call is upheld by the league, Howard would miss Orlando's game against Portland on Monday night.

Courtesy of http://basketball.realgm.com


Grizzlies sign Leon Powe - by Eurobasket News
The Memphis Grizzlies have signed forward Leon Powe (6'8''-F-84, college: California).

Powe appeared in 14 games for Cleveland this season before being waived on February 24. He had averaged 5.0 points and 2.7 rebounds for the Cavaliers.

The 27-year-old University of California product owns career averages of 6.3 points and 4.0 rebounds in 223 NBA games, including 19 starts, over four-plus seasons with Cleveland and Boston. He was a key reserve for the Celtics during their NBA title run in the spring of 2008.

Courtesy of www.torontosun.com


Exciting Saturday - by Eurobasket News
New Jersey N. - Toronto R. 137-136 OT3
Travis Outlaw (6'9''-F-84) and the New Jersey Nets were up to the challenge of providing excitement for the NBA's European fans. The Toronto Raptors more than did their part, too. Outlaw scored the final eight points for New Jersey in a 137-136 triple overtime win Saturday night that gave the Nets a sweep of their two games in London. The game featured four missed buzzer-beaters and provided exactly the kind of thrilling finish league officials were looking for when they decided to bring regular-season games to Europe for the first time. Outlaw made two free throws with 12.6 seconds remaining to put the Nets ahead for good and Andrea Bargnani missed a jumper at the buzzer as New Jersey swept the doubleheader at London's O2 Arena. 'Hats off to the NBA ... because I think it's a huge success,' Nets coach Avery Johnson said of the European experiment. 'This is one of the best wins I've been a part of.' Brook Lopez (7'0''-F/C-88, college: Stanford) had 34 points and 14 rebounds for the Nets but fouled out in the second overtime. Deron Williams added 21 points and 18 assists for his fifth straight double-double since joining the Nets from Utah last week. Sasha Vujacic had 25 points - including six 3-pointers - and Kris Humphries added 20 points and 17 rebounds for New Jersey. Outlaw finished with 14 points. DeMar DeRozan finished with 30 points for Toronto (17-46) for the second straight night. *Courtesy of www.startribune.com

Washington W. - Minnesota T. 103-96
Trevor Booker (6'7''-F-87, college: Clemson) barely made it through a couple minutes of playing time in the first half before illness sent him to the locker room. The rookie forward came back to make some of the biggest plays in the game. After taking some medicine at halftime, Booker played nearly the entire fourth quarter and had three highlight dunks on successive possessions to give Washington the lead take the Wizards to a 103-96 win against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night. Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA) scored 20 points and had 21 rebounds for Minnesota, the third straight game and 11th of the season with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds for the All-Star forward. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Houston R. - Indiana P. 112-95
The Houston Rockets understand they have little margin for error heading into the last full month of the season. Kevin Martin (6'7''-G/F-83, college: W.Carolina) scored 20 points, Chase Budinger (6'7''-F-88, college: Arizona) and Kyle Lowry added 18 apiece and the Rockets beat the Indiana Pacers 112-95 Saturday night. Luis Scola scored 16 and Chuck Hayes had 10 rebounds for the Rockets, who are 6-1 since the All-Star break and starting to barge into the Western Conference playoff picture. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Utah Jazz - Sacramento K. 109-102 OT
For the Jazz, just getting a win in front of their fans was more than enough. Al Jefferson (6'10''-F-85) scored 27 points and Raja Bell had two crucial jumpers and a steal in overtime to help the Utah Jazz hold off the Sacramento Kings 109-102 Saturday night to stop their home losing streak at seven games. After the Jazz lost Paul Millsap to injury, Jefferson scored six points in overtime and Utah outscored the Kings 10-2 after Francisco Garcia started overtime with a 3-pointer. *Courtesy of www.signonsandiego.com

Portland TB - Charlotte B. 93-69
LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-C-85, college: Texas) scored 26 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Charlotte Bobcats 93-69 Saturday night, a little more than a week after the two teams pulled off a trade just minutes before the deadline. Patty Mills made four 3-pointers for the Trail Blazers. Gerald Henderson (6'4''-G/F-87, college: Duke) had 16 points for the Bobcats, who have lost four straight, all on the road. The Blazers sent centers Joel Przybilla and Sean Marks, forward Dante Cunningham, and a pair of conditional first-round draft picks to Charlotte on Feb. 24 in exchange for Gerald Wallace, who was the last original member of the 7-year-old Bobcats. The deal was struck just seven minutes before the deadline. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

LA Clippers - Denver N. 100-94
The Los Angeles Clippers can't even enjoy a victory anymore because of the way injuries have torpedoed their season from start to finish. They beat the Denver Nuggets 100-94 on Saturday night, but the joy was tempered considerably by the news that leading scorer Eric Gordon is sidelined indefinitely. It was just his second game back in the lineup after missing the previous 18 with a sprained right wrist that had a small fracture in it. On Wednesday, he scored 24 points in a 106-103 victory that snapped Los Angeles' five-game losing streak. Rookie Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) had 18 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high nine assists. Rookie guard Eric Bledsoe (6'1''-G-89, college: Kentucky) scored 15 of his career-high 20 points in the fourth quarter and had seven steals for the Clippers, who have won their first two games this month -- equaling their victory total for February, when they were 2-12. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Spurs sign Steve Novak for rest of season - by Eurobasket News
The San Antonio Spurs today announced they have signed forward Steve Novak (6'10''-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Marquette) for the remainder of the season. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Novak originally joined the Silver and Black on February 8 signing a 10-day contract becoming the eighth call-up of the 2010-11 NBA Development League season.

Novak, a 6-10 forward, has appeared in eight games for the Spurs, averaging 2.5 points in 6.1 minutes per game, while shooting .462 (6-13) from the field and .444 (4-9) from three-point territory.

Prior to joining the Spurs, Novak appeared in two games with the Reno Bighorns, averaging 18.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in 29.5 minutes, while shooting .684 (13-19) from the field and .643 (9-14) from three-point range. Earlier this season, Novak averaged 1.6 points in 2.6 minutes in seven games with the Dallas Mavericks. Overall, he has appeared in 210 career games with Houston, the L.A. Clippers, Dallas and San Antonio with averages of 3.9 points in 9.7 minutes per game. For his career, he is shooting .436 (295-677) from the field and .406 (195-480) from three-point land.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


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 Clippers23.7 
 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. Evans, Sacramen.1.7 
 7. Gay, Memphis G.1.7 
 8. Allen, Memphis G.1.7 
 9. Conley, Memphis G.1.7 
 10. Kidd, Dallas M.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. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.2 
 4. McGee, Washingt.2.2 
 5. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.1 
 6. Stoudemire, New Y.2.1 
 7. Jefferson, Utah J.2.0 
 8. Duncan, San A.2.0 
 9. Bynum, LA Lakers1.9 
 10. Jordan, LA Clippers1.8 


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. 19-43 
 5. Toronto R. 17-46 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 42-18 
 2. Indiana P. 27-35 
 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. 26-36 
 5. Washington W. 16-45 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 38-22 
 2. Denver N. 37-27 
 3. Portland TB 35-27 
 4. Utah Jazz 33-30 
 5. Minnesota T. 15-49 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 44-19 
 2. Phoenix Suns 32-28 
 3. Golde State W. 27-34 
 4. LA Clippers 23-40 
 5. Sacramento K. 15-45 
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. 32-32 


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UNC Asheville Wins BSC Championship - by Eurobasket
No. 3 seed UNC Asheville led from start to finish and held off a late rally to pull away with a 60-47 win over the No. 1 seeded Coastal Carolina Chanticleers and capture the 2011 Advance Auto Parts Big South Men's Basketball Championship Saturday at Kimbel Arena. With the win, UNC Asheville (18-13) wins its second Big South Tournament title and receives the Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Coastal Carolina, the Big South regular-season champion, falls to 28-5 and will represent the Big South in the NIT.
The Bulldogs are the second consecutive No. 3 seed to win the Big South Tournament and third overall. Chris Stephenson scored a game-high 14 points to lead four UNC Asheville players in double figures. Jaron Lane added 13 off the bench, while Matt Dickey scored 12. John Williams tallied 10 points, nine rebounds and blocked a Championship Game-record six shots.
Coastal Carolina was led by Sam McLaurin's double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. Chad Gray scored 13, while Anthony Raffa had 12. The Chanticleers were hampered by 21 turnovers, which led to 29 points for Asheville.
Asheville jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the first four minutes before the Chanticleers made it a two-point game at the 15:00 minute mark. Dickey then scored four-straight points to start an 11-4 run for the Bulldog, and buckets from Toles Hartman, Stephenson and a three-pointer from Primm pushed Asheville's lead to 19-8 at the 9:30 mark. Raffa countered with his first three-pointer of the game to cut the deficit to eight points and Gray added a dunk to make the score 19-13 with 6:45 remaining in the first half. After Williams and Stephenson connected on back-to-back field goals to put Asheville ahead by 10 (23-13), Danny Nieman's two free throws and Brandon Crawford's three-pointer brought the Chanticleers back to within five points with 3:56 left. The teams traded baskets the rest of the way until Williams dunked home a Stephenson miss for the eventual 29-22 halftime score.
Primm and McLaurin led all scorers at the break with seven points each. Williams and Stephenson had six points apiece for the Bulldogs. Williams also had four of Asheville's seven blocks in the first 20 minutes. Crawford was next on the scoring chart for Coastal with five points, and also had seven first-half rebounds, including four on the offensive glass. Asheville was 13-of-29 shooting from the floor ( =44.8 percent), while Coastal was limited to 7-of-24 from the field ( =29.2 percent). Coastal had a 21-15 advantage on the glass.
In the second half, Coastal Carolina cut Asheville's lead to four points on two occasions in the first seven minutes and started inching closer to taking its first lead of the day. Raffa's layup in the middle of the lane made the score 37-33 at the 12:50 mark, and he answered another Williams dunk with a three-pointer from the corner that brought the Chants to within two points at 39-37 with 11:28 remaining. Coastal would get to within two again on McLaurin's free throws at 9:23 (41-39), but that would be the closest the Chanticleers would get. Gray's layup with 4:19 remaining made it a three-point game at 50-47, but Dickey sparked a game-ending 10-0 run with a key three-pointer with 1:38 on the clock to push the Bulldogs to the crown.
Asheville finished the game 24-of-61 from the field ( =39.3 percent) and limited Coastal to just 16-of-47 field goals ( =34.0 percent). Dickey was voted Tournament MVP and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by teammates Primm and Williams, while Coastal's trio of Gray, Raffa and McLaurin also earned spots on the squad.
Asheville captures its second NCAA Tournament berth and first since 2003. The Bulldogs will be making their second postseason appearance in four seasons, as Asheville participated in the 2008 NIT. Coastal Carolina becomes the first Big South team to advance to the NIT twice, and it will mark the fourth consecutive season that the Big South will have two teams playing in the postseason.


UNC Asheville Head Coach Eddie Biedenbach:
'Tournament time is a really special time. It's a time when your team comes together and it has been a hard week. Three games this week. Three games last week. We've got better and better on defense and this became a real defensive battle. There is a lot of really good offensive players on each team out there and all had trouble scoring. The intensity and the good positioning on the defensive end all night long made it really tough for anybody to look really good on the offensive side.
'I give a lot of credit to Coastal. They've been through a lot with the loss of a few players and a couple injuries. Coastal has had a great year and they are a great team. Cliff (Ellis) has done a great job coaching them.'


Tournament MVP Matt Dickey:
'This is an unbelievable feeling. Last week, we came down here and hit that big shot. That was an incredible feeling and the coaches kept telling us if you win the championship, it'll be a million times better. They hit the nail on the head. They were exactly right.'


Coastal Carolina Head Coach Cliff Ellis:
'First off, a great hard fought game, congratulations to UNC Asheville. It was a hard fought game and it got away from us in the last three to four minutes. The turnovers turned into easy baskets and Asheville was able to make some easy lay-ups.
'I'm proud of our team. This is not what we wanted, but I cannot say enough about those eight guys that went out on the court. Their season is not over. I wanted this for them more than I wanted this for me. But, it does not take away what this team has been through and what they have accomplished. It truly has been a remarkable season. When you look at 28 wins and what this team has been through, it would have climaxed if we could pull this one out and a great story to remember. We will move on with pride and look forward to playing in the NIT.'


Courtesy of Big South Conf.

BSC Summary 2010-11

Big South Conf. Regular Season Standings
1 Co.Carolina 16-2
2 Liberty 13-5
3 NC-Asheville 11-7
4 VMI 10-8
5 Winthrop 9-9
5 Charleston So. 9-9
7 High Point 7-11
7 Presbyterian 7-11
9 Gardner-Webb 6-12
10 Radford 2-16


Big South Conf. Tournament Final: UNC Asheville - Coastal Carolina 60-47
Big South Conf. Tournament Semifinals:
Coastal Carolina - VMI 89-81
UNC Asheville - High Point 62-45


All-Big South 1st Team
#s#
Jesse Sanders
Sanders
Austin Kenon
Kenon
Chad Gray
Gray
Jamarco Warren
Warren
Matt Dickey
Dickey
#e#5

Player of the Year: Jesse Sanders (6'3''-G) of Liberty
All-Tournament MVP: Matt Dickey (6'1''-G) of NC-Asheville
Defensive Player of the Year: Kelvin Martin (6'5''-F-89) of Charleston So.
Freshman of the Year: D.J. Covington (6'9''-F/C) of VMI
Student-Athlete of the Year: Walt Allen (6'4''-F-87) of Presbyterian
Coach of the Year: Dale Layer of Liberty

1st Team
G: Jesse Sanders (6'3'') of Liberty
G: Austin Kenon (5'11'') of VMI
F: Chad Gray (6'7'') of S.Carolina
G: Jamarco Warren (5'11''-88) of Charleston So.
G: Matt Dickey (6'1'') of NC-Asheville

2nd Team
G: Nick Barbour (6'3''-89) of High Point
F: Kelvin Martin (6'5''-89) of Charleston So.
G/F: John Brown (6'4''-89) of Roane State JC
G: J.P. Primm (6'1'') of NC-Asheville
G: Evan Gordon (6'2'') of Liberty

All-Tournament Team
Matt Dickey (6'1''-G) of NC-Asheville
J.P. Primm (6'1''-G) of NC-Asheville
John Williams (6'4''-F) of NC-Asheville
Chad Gray (6'7''-F) of S.Carolina
Anthony Raffa (6'0''-G) of Albany
Sam McLaurin (6'6''-F) of Co.Carolina

All-Freshman Team
D.J. Covington (6'9''-F/C) of VMI
Sheldon Strickland (6'0''-G) of Charleston So.
Luke Davis (6'0''-G) of Gardner-Webb
Rodney Glasgow (5'10''-G) of VMI
Jareal Smith (6'3''-G) of Radford

All-Academic Team
Sam McLaurin (6'6''-F) of Co.Carolina
Jonathan Moore (6'4''-G/F) of Gardner-Webb
David Campbell (6'4''-G-88) of High Point
Jeremy Anderson (6'4''-G) of Liberty
Walt Allen (6'4''-F-87) of Presbyterian
Evan Faulkner (6'1''-G) of Radford
Matt Dickey (6'1''-G) of NC-Asheville




Morehead State Wins 2011 OVC Championship - by Eurobasket
Morehead State found one more way for senior center Kenneth Faried and senior guard Demonte Harper to play a tough opponent on a neutral court.
The Eagles won the Ohio Valley Conference tournament and an automatic berth in the NCAAs.
Harper had 27 points and 11 rebounds playing in his hometown, while Faried notched his 27th double-double with 24 points and 15 rebounds, and Morehead State beat Tennessee Tech 80-73 on Saturday night.
'No one would play us because of Faried and Harper, so I had a hard time getting games,' said Morehead State coach Donnie Tyndall, whose Eagles lost road trips to Florida and Ohio State.
'Whoever we play it obviously will be a great opponent, a top 10-type team. The one good thing is it won't be at Ohio State's home floor, and it won't be ... the O Dome.'
Faried had promised the Eagles would be back after losing in this game to Murray State a year ago. Murray State wound up knocking off Vanderbilt of the Southeastern Conference in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.
With his latest double-double, Faried now ranks tied for second all-time in that category with Ralph Sampson (84) and just behind leader Tim Duncan (87). He helped the Eagles (24-9) earn their second NCAA tournament berth in three years. This is their fourth overall OVC tournament title, also winning in 1983, 1984 and 2009.
'We're happy, excited we won,' Faried said. 'We knew coming in that it wasn't going to be no easy battle for us against Tennessee Tech. They're a great team. But we just wanted it that much more tonight, and we wanted to bring that championship back home to Morehead. ... We're dancing tonight.'
No. 4 seed Tennessee Tech (20-12) upset regular-season champion Murray State to reach its first championship game since 2003. But the Golden Eagles couldn't overcome cold shooting in their attempt to reach the NCAAs for the first time since 1963. Coach Mike Sutton came into the postgame interview room to shake Faried's hand and wish him well.
Sutton called Faried and Harper two of the OVC's top players. The coach said he talked with some of the 15 NBA scouts on hand about Faried on Friday night and sees the NCAA's top rebounder since 1973 heading to the pros.
'I wish him the best and just wish he had gone about two, three years ago,' Sutton said.
Kevin Murphy led Tennessee Tech with 30 points, and Jud Dillard had 10.
Second-seeded Morehead State never trailed, with Tennessee Tech managing to tie it only three times in the opening minutes. The Golden Eagles made it interesting late after trailing by as much as 15 with 7:10 left, using a 17-6 spurt to pull within 69-65 with 1:49 left as Murphy hit a 3-pointer, then Zac Swansey stole the ball and scored on a layup to cap the spurt.
Faried dunked on the other end. Murphy made two free throws to make it 71-67 before Faried hit two free throws himself. The Eagles went 7 of 10 at the line in the final 69 seconds to hold off Tennessee Tech.
Tyndall credited Harper with setting up Faried and making sure he got to the line as well to finish off the win.
'Kenneth gets all the attention and rightfully so. He's a guy I think will be a first-round pick and play a lot of years in the NBA. That kid right there to his right, whew. Stud. Stud,' Tyndall said of Harper.
Morehead State came in having allowed opponents to top 70 points only three times this season, with a scoring defense averaging 61.3 points per game.
Playing its third game in three nights, Tennessee Tech just couldn't come up with enough offense to overcome Morehead State's strong shooting. The Eagles went 7 of 16 from beyond the arc and shot 47.9 percent for the game (23 of 48) compared to 35.5 percent (22 of 62) for Tennessee Tech.
'That's what Morehead does,' Sutton said. 'They have Faried back there. It's just human nature to be looking for him a bit. Guys rush a little bit, or you get in a little bit of a hurry on offense. ... We have to really defend. ... They shot almost 48 percent. That's the difference.'
The Golden Eagles last tied it at 9, then Harper hit a layup to put the Eagles ahead to stay with 14:28 remaining. He also hit another bucket, then two free throws as Morehead State built its lead to 12.
The Eagles could've put it away much sooner except they went cold, making only one field goal in the final 5 minutes of the first half. They led 34-27 at halftime.
Tennessee Tech didn't even go to the line until there was 19:07 left in the game, when Murphy hit the Golden Eagles' first two free throws. They finished 22 of 27 at the line but couldn't make up for being outrebounded 47-27.


Courtesy of OVC

OVC Summary 2010-11

OVC Regular Season Standings
1 Murray St. 14-4 23-7
2 Morehead St. 13-5 22-9
2 Austin Peay St. 13-5 20-12
4 Tennessee Tech 12-6 19-11
5 Tennessee St. 10-8 14-16
6 E.Kentucky 9-9 15-16
7 SE Missouri St. 6-12 10-22
7 Tennessee-Martin 6-12 12-21
9 E.Illinois 4-14 9-20
10 Jacksonville St. 3-15 5-25
11 SIU Edwardsville 0-0 8-21


OVC Tournament Final: Morehead St. - Tennessee Tech 80-73
OVC Tournament Semifinals:
Tennessee Tech - Murray State 64-59
Morehead State - Austin Peay 68-49

All-OVC 1st Team 2010-11
#s#
Kenneth Faried
Faried
Tyshwan Edmondson
Edmondson
Kevin Murphy
Murphy
Demonte Harper
Harper
Isaiah Canaan
Canaan
#e#5

Player of the Year: Kenneth Faried (6'8''-F/C-89) of Morehead St.
All-Tournament MVP: Demonte Harper (6'4''-G) of Morehead St.
Defensive Player of the Year: Kenneth Faried (6'8''-F/C-89) of Morehead St.
Freshman of the Year: Patrick Miller (6'0''-G) of Tennessee St.
Coach of the Year: Billy Kennedy of Murray St.

1st Team
F/C: Kenneth Faried (6'8''-89) of Morehead St.
G: Tyshwan Edmondson (6'4'') of Midland CC
F: Kevin Murphy (6'6''-90) of Tennessee Tech
G: Demonte Harper (6'4'') of Morehead St.
G: Isaiah Canaan (6'0'') of Murray St.

2nd Team
F: Leon Powell (6'7''-88) of Indian Hills CC
G: Isacc Miles (6'2''-88) of Murray St.
G: B.J. Jenkins (6'0''-88) of Liberty
F: Robert Covington (6'8''-90) of Tennessee St.
F: Kenny Moore (6'7'') of Midland CC

All-Newcomers Team
Tyshwan Edmondson (6'4''-G) of Midland CC
Kenny Moore (6'7''-F) of Midland CC
Leon Powell (6'7''-F-88) of Indian Hills CC
Zac Swansey (6'1''-G-88) of Georgia
Patrick Miller (6'0''-G) of Tennessee St.

All-Tournament Team
Demonte Harper (6'4''-G) of Morehead St.
Kenneth Faried (6'8''-F/C-89) of Morehead St.
Kevin Murphy (6'6''-F-90) of Tennessee Tech
Zac Swansey (6'1''-G-88) of Georgia
Jud Dillard (6'4''-F-91) of Tennessee Tech




Bruins Clinch 30-Win Season with 41-Point Title Win - by Eurobasket
No. 1 seed Belmont Bruins cruised to their fourth General Shale Brick Atlantic Sun Men's Basketball Championship with a 87-46 victory against No. 6 UNF. The win gives the Bruins 30 wins on the season and an automatic bid to the NCAA championship tournament.
Belmont set an A-Sun record for most victories by an A-Sun team in a season, eclipsing the previous mark of 29 held by both Georgia Southern (2000-01) and College of Charleston (1996-97) and also set a new mark for margin of victory in the A-Sun Championship final with their 41-point advantage. The Bruins carry a 12-game win streak, second longest in the nation, into the NCAA tourney, having also won 22 of its last 23 contests.
Leading wire-to-wire, Belmont shot better than 50 percent (36-71) from the field and 45 percent (9-20) from beyond the arc. The Bruins held a 39 to 22 advantage in rebounds, as well.
Tournament MVP Mick Hedgepeth led the way with 23 points, hitting 10-fof-17 from the field and grabbing nine rebounds, both game-highs. Second Team All-Conference member Scott Saunders tallied 15 points and Ian Clark added 10. In all, the Bruins had 11 of 12 players in the game score at least two points.
The Ospreys' (14-19) Brad Haugabrook was the only UNF player in double figures with 10 points. Charles McRoy came off the bench to toss in nine points for UNF.
Clark and Jordan Campbell joined Hedgepeth on the Atlantic Sun All-Tournament team, while UNF's Jerron Granberry and Andy Diaz also earned the nod. Mercer's Brian Mills capped out the tournament team.
Courtesy of Atlantic Sun

A-Sun Summary

A-Sun Regular Season Standings
1 Belmont 19-1 28-4
2 E.Tenn.St. 16-4 22-10
3 Jacksonville 13-7 19-11
4 Lipscomb 12-8 17-13
5 Mercer 11-9 15-17
6 N.Florida 10-10 14-18
7 Florida Gulf Coast 7-13 10-19
8 Campbell 6-14 12-19
8 Kennesaw St. 6-14 8-23
8 Stetson 6-14 8-23
11 USC Upstate 4-16 5-25


A-Sun Tournament Final: Belmont - UNF 87-46
A-Sun Tournament Semifinals:
Belmont - Mercer 80-72
ETSU - UNF 55-56


A-Sun Top Players
#s#
Mick Hedgepeth
Hedgepeth
Mike Smith
Smith
Ian Clark
Clark
Ayron Hardy
Hardy
Adnan Hodzic
Hodzic
#e#5

All-Tournament MVP: Mick Hedgepeth (6'9''-F/C-89) of Belmont
Player of the Year: Mike Smith (6'6''-G-87) of E.Tenn.St.
Defensive Player of the Year: Ayron Hardy (6'5''-F-88) of Jacksonville
Freshman of the Year: Torrey Craig (6'5''-F) of USC Upstate
Coach of the Year: Rick Byrd of Belmont

1st Team
G: Mike Smith (6'6''-87) of E.Tenn.St.
G: Ian Clark (6'3''-91) of Belmont
F: Ayron Hardy (6'5''-88) of Jacksonville
F: Adnan Hodzic (6'8''-88) of Lipscomb
F: Brian Mills (6'7''-88) of Mercer
G: Josh Slater (6'3''-89) of Lipscomb

2nd Team
F: Anthony Banks (6'6'') of Florida Gulf Coast
G: Markeith Cummings (6'7'') of Kennesaw St.
F/C: Mick Hedgepeth (6'9''-89) of Belmont
F/C: Scott Saunders (6'10''-89) of Rice
G: Micah Williams (6'4''-88) of E.Tenn.St.

All-Tournament Team
Ian Clark (6'3''-G-91) of Belmont
Jordan Campbell (6'5''-G/F-88) of Belmont
Mick Hedgepeth (6'9''-F/C-89) of Belmont
Jerron Granberry (6'4''-G/F-91) of N.Florida
Andres Diaz (6'7''-F/G-91) of N.Florida
Brian Mills (6'7''-F-88) of Mercer

All-Freshman Team
Torrey Craig (6'5''-F) of USC Upstate
Christophe Varidel (6'2''-G-89) of Florida Gulf Coast
Corey Walden (6'2''-G-92) of Stetson
Langston Hall (6'4''-G) of Mercer
Luis Jacobo (6'5''-F-91) of Stetson
J.J. Mann (6'6''-G/F) of Belmont
Keith McDougle (6'1''-G) of Jacksonville


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All-Conf.Carolinas Awards 2010-11 - by Emiliano
1st Team
Chris Woods
Reggie Hopkins
Jarrell Douglass
L.J. Dunn
Richard Barbee

2nd Team
Derek Staton
Marvin Jackson
Daniel Bailey
Tom Wright
Gerald Boston

3rd Team
Danny Friend
Jaren Haley
Kyle Phillips
Liam Kyle
Adam McFerran

All-Academic Team
Mihai Petcu
Matthew Beerse
Ryan Conrad
Ian Parry
Tom Wright
John Mark Taylor
Nick Debnam
Aleks Mitrovic
David Cheek
Sean Eads

All-Tournament Team
Kyle Phillips
L.J. Dunn
Liam Kyle
Tom Wright
Michael Barrett
Danny Friend



Adelphi Captures Northeast-10 Men's Basketball Tournament - by Greg

Waltham, Mass - The Adelphi University men's basketball team traveled to Waltham, Massachusetts to battle #1 Bentley University in the Northeast-10 Championship game. The #7 Panthers hit on half of their attempts from deep (8-16), stunning the top seeded Falcons, 78-72 and capturing the program's first Northeast-10 title.
Adelphi is now 20-10 overall and has earned a spot in the NCAA Division II East Regional with the victory.
Senior guard and tournament MVP Richard Byrd (Central Islip, N.Y.) poured in 27 points, including 16 in the second half, as Adelphi became the second straight seventh seed to capture the Northeast-10 Conference Men's Basketball Championship. He is now just two points shy of 2,000 for his career.
Richard Harkins and Robert Johnson used economical shooting to get to double digits as Harkins was 4-7 for 14 points, while Johnson was 5-7 for 12 points. Senior David Akinyooye chipped in 12 points, four rebounds and three assists.
The first half was a back and forth affair, as neither team led by more then four points. There were three ties in the last four minutes, with the final knot coming on a Falcon jumper with 93 seconds left. The Panthers would convert three of four free throw attempts in the final minute to take a 32-29 edge into the intermission.
Adelphi controlled the action in the first nine minutes of the second act, outscoring Bentley 20-14, and claiming their largest lead of the game, 52-43, on an Akinyooye jumper with 11:03 remaining. Bentley countered with a 15-6 run that knotted the score at 58 with 6:27 on the clock.
From there it was nip and tuck, as the game would be tied three more times in the next four minutes, the final tie came at 65-all with 2:18 on the clock. A Byrd three-point play would break the tie and give Adelphi a 68-65 lead that they would not relinquish.
The Panthers were 7-8 from the charity stripe in the final 34 seconds, preserving the 78-72 win.
With the win the Panthers avenged last year's NE-10 Championship game loss, winning a conference title in just their second year in the league. Adelphi also returns to the NCAA Division II Tournament for the first time since the 2006-07 season, and is now 7-1 in Northeast-10 tournament play.

Courtesy of Northeast-10

Northeast-10 Summary 2010-2011

Northeast-10 Regular Season Standings
1
Bentley 18-4
2
Stonehill 16-6
2
Amer.Internat. 16-6
4
St.Rose (NY) 15-7
5
Mass.-Lowell 14-8
5
St.Anselm 14-8
7
Adelphi 12-10
8
St.Michael's 10-12
8
Le Moyne 10-12
10
Merrimack 9-13
10
S.Connecticut 9-13
10
Assumption 9-13
13
S.New Hampshire 7-15
13
Pace 7-15
15
New Haven 6-16
16
Franklin Pierce 4-18

Northeast-10 Tournament Final: Adelphi - Bentley 78-72
Northeast-10 Tournament Semifinals:
Adelphi - UMass Lowell 71-60
Bentley - Saint Rose 68-60


All-Northeast 1st Team 2010-2011
#s#
Richard Byrd
Byrd
Isiah Wallace
Wallace
Brian Tracey
Tracey
Darin Mency
Mency
Thomas Baudinet
Baudinet
#e#5
All-Tournament MVP: Richard Byrd (6'3''-G) of Adelphi
Player of the Year: Thomas Baudinet (6'3''-G) of St.Anselm
Defensive Player of the Year: Daniel Heppert (6'4''-G-87) of Stonehill
Rookie of the Year: Allen Harris (6'5''-F) of St.Anselm
Coach of the Year: Art Luptowski of Amer.Internat.

1st Team
G: Isiah Wallace (6'4'') of Amer.Internat.
F: Brian Tracey (6'5''-88) of Bentley
G: Darin Mency (6'2'') of Merrimack
G: Thomas Baudinet (6'3'') of St.Anselm
G: Rob Gutierrez (6'0'') of St.Rose (NY)

2nd Team
G: Richard Byrd (6'3'') of Adelphi
F: Kevin Roth (6'6'') of Le Moyne
F: Trevon Hamlet (6'6'') of Post
G: Ivan Almeida (6'6''-89) of Stonehill
F: Mike Kernan (6'7''-88) of Stonehill

3rd Team
G: David Akinyooye (6'6'') of Adelphi
F: Allan Aragbaye (6'4'') of Northeastern
F/G: Mike Baldarelli (6'4'') of Assumption
G: Tom Dowling (6'3'') of Bentley
G: Shea Bromirski (6'0'') of St.Rose (NY)

All-Tournament Team
David Akinyooye (6'6''-G) of Adelphi
Richard Byrd (6'3''-G) of Adelphi
Tom Dowling (6'3''-G) of Bentley
Brian Tracey (6'5''-F-88) of Bentley
Akeem Williams (5'10'') of Mass.-Lowell

All-Rookie Team
Allen Harris (6'5''-F) of St.Anselm
Akeem Williams (5'10'') of Mass.-Lowell
Michael Holton (6'1''-G) of St.Michael's
Justin Exum (6'3''-G) of New Haven
Denzel Primus-Devonish (5'10''-G) of Pace





Dustdevils Clip Falcons, Bring On Regionals - by Greg
Your TAMIU Dustdevils are headed to the national stage after winning the Heartland Conference Tournament Championship. After beating Newman University on Friday evening, TAMIU never trailed as they went to beat the University of Texas Permian Basin (UTPB) 86-67.
The Dustdevils never trailed against the UTPB Falcons as they stormed out to a 17-0 lead before the Falcons got on the board. Evan Mattison set the tone early as he scored 6 of the TAMIU points during the run.
The Falcons kept it interesting as they got within 6 points before the end of the 1st half as they trailed the Dustdevils 38-31.
In the second half, the Falcons made numerous runs against TAMIU before finally falling against the Heartland Conference Champion Dustdevils.
TAMIU was led by Ryan McLucas (guard) who scored a game high 39 points behind 70 percent shooting from the field and 3 for 5 from the 3-point line. TAMIU had 8 players in double figures with Brito (25), Faiive (26), Gomez (20), Payne (31), Silvie (23), and McLucas who all scored at least twenty points.
The Dustdevils dominated the Falcons in field goal percentage with a 60 to 50 percent margin and made 47 percent of their three point attempts. Down the stretch, TAMIU's 31 free throws proved to be too much against the Falcons who only made 65 percent of their free throws.
'I am so proud of this group of guys' said Coach Shane Rinner after the TAMIU Dustdevils defeated UTPB in San Antonio. The team will now await the NCAA Division II Tournament Selection Show, scheduled for 9pm on Sunday, March 6th. The selection show will be aired online at www.NCAA.com.
Tournament Notes: TAMIU never trailed during the tournament after manhandling Newman University 91-74 and never looked back after taking the 17-0 lead during the first half. Ryan McLucas was named the Heartland Conference Tournament MVP and was joined by Scottie Payne in the All-Tournament Team.

Courtesy of TAMIU Athletics

Heartland Summary 2010-2011

Heartland Conf. Regular Season Standings
1
Texas A&M Int. 8-4
1
Texas-PB 8-4
3
Newman 7-5
3
St.Mary's (TX) 7-5
5
Dallas Baptist 6-6
6
St.Edward's 3-9
6
Oklah. Panhandle St. 3-9
8
Ark.-Fort Smith 0-0 ineligible

Heartland Conf. Tournament Final: Texas A&M Int - Texas-PB 86-67
Heartland Conf. Tournament Semifinals:
Texas A&M Int - Newman 91-74
Texas-PB - St.Mary's 61-59 (OT)


All-Geartland 1st Team 2010-2011
#s#
Jamal Holden
Holden
Kevin Kotzur
Kotzur
Will Faiivae
Faiivae
Nick Fox
Fox
Josh Simmons
Simmons
#e#5


All-Tournament MVP: Ryan McLucas (5'11''-G) of Texas A&M Int.
Player of the Year: Jamal Holden (6'2''-G-84) of Glenville St.
Defensive Player of the Year: Erik Martin (6'5''-G) of Metro St.
Freshman of the Year: Jake Toupal (6'3''-G) of Ark.-Fort Smith
Newcomer of the Year: Nick Fox (6'7''-F-90) of Adams St.
Coach of the Year: Dwaine Osborne of Texas-PB

1st Team
G: Jamal Holden (6'2''-84) of Glenville St.
F/C: Kevin Kotzur (6'8'') of St.Mary's (TX)
F: Will Faiivae (6'7'') of Texas A&M Int.
F: Nick Fox (6'7''-90) of Adams St.
F: Josh Simmons (6'4''-88) of Colorado St.
G: Chip Steven (6'1'') of Barton County CC
G: Keaton Schultz (6'3'') of Newman

2nd Team
G: Erik Martin (6'5'') of Metro St.
G: Braxton Adamson (6'0'') of Dallas Baptist
C: Evan Matteson (6'10'') of Alaska-Fairb.
G: Marcale Marshall (6'0'') of Oklah. Panhandle St.
F: Remy Boswell (6'8''-89) of Houston Baptist

Honorable Mention
Jeff Miner (6'1''-G) of Montana St. - Billin
Louis Crane (6'0''-G) of Texas-PB
Dwayne Soders (6'6''-F) of Texas-PB
Luis Gomez (6'3''-G) of Texas A&M Int.
Jordan McGowen (6'5''-G) of Dallas Baptist

All-Tournament Team
Kevin Kotzur (6'8''-F/C) of St.Mary's (TX)
William Burdette (6'3''-F) of Newman
Dwayne Soders (6'6''-F) of Texas-PB
Jamal Holden (6'2''-G-84) of Glenville St.
Scottie Payne (6'2''-G) of Monroe Coll.




CSU Dominguez Hills Wins CCAA Tournament Title in Dramatic Fashion - by Emiliano
Junior guard Robert Willhite's desperation 3-point basket at the buzzer lifted No. 2 seed Cal State Dominguez Hills to a dramatic 51-50 victory over top-seeded Humboldt State in the championship game of the 2011 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men's Basketball Tournament Saturday at Pioneer Gymnasium in Hayward.
It was Willhite's only field goal of the game and secured an NCAA Tournament berth for the Toros (23-6) and their first conference tournament title since defeating Cal Poly in 1987.
Willhite's heroics overshadowed and impressive showing by tournament Most Outstanding Player Brian Morris of Humboldt State. The Lumberjacks center scored a game-high 25 points and accounted for half of Humboldt State's offensive output.
Randy Hunter had an opportunity to seal the win for the Lumberjacks when he went to the free throw line with :07 remaining. However, he missed the front end of a one-and-one, James Cawthorne grabbed the rebound for the Toros and passed the ball to Willhite, who shot from the right baseline and drained the game-winner.
Michael Cox, who was named to the all-tournament team, led the Toros with 15 points and eight rebounds before fouling out with 2:58 remaining.
Joining Morris in double figures for the Lumberjacks was Hunter, who posted a double-double, scoring 10 points and collecting 11 rebounds.
Each team struggled from the field as neither hit the 40 percent mark for the game. The Toros were just 19 of 51 (37.3 percent), while the Lumberjacks connected on just 32.7 percent (17 of 52) of their field attempts.

Courtesy of CCAA


CCAA Summary 2010-11:

CCAA Tournament Final: Cal State Dominguez Hills - Humboldt State 51-50
CCAA Tournament Semifinals:
Humboldt State - Cal State L.A 70-61
Cal State Dominguez Hills - Cal Poly Pomona 49

CCAA Top Players 2010-11
#s#
Brian Morris
Morris
Davion Berry
Berry
Corey Caston
Caston
Marcquintice Davis
Davis
Dwayne Fells
Fells
#e#5

All-Tournament MVP: Brian Morris (6'9''-F-87) of SMU
Player of the Year: Brian Morris (6'9''-F-87) of SMU
Freshman of the Year: James McCann (5'10''-G-92) of Cal-San Diego
Newcomer of the Year: Randy Hunter (6'6''-F) of Humboldt St.
Coach of the Year: Steve Kinder of Humboldt St.

1st Team
G: Davion Berry (6'4'') of Cal.St.-Monterey
G: